The Canadian Seed Trade Association recently awarded three pillars of the Canadian seed industry earlier this summer.

David Gehl is the 2015 recipient of CSTA’s Seed Achievement Award. The CSTA Seed Achievement Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian seed industry in the private or public sector. According to nominators Rod Merryweather and Ron Weik of FP Genetics, David’s leadership at the Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada’s Seed Increase Unit in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, made major contributions to Canada’s pedigreed seed business, positively impacting the livelihood of numerous farmers, seed growers and seed companies.

Ontario corn breeder Dr. Francis Glenn is the 2015 recipient of the annual Canadian Plant Breeding and Genetics Award. The award is co‐sponsored by the Canadian Seed Trade Association and Germination magazine. It is presented annually to a public or private sector researcher who has made a significant contribution to the advancement of Canadian plant agriculture through research in plant breeding and genetics.

According to nominator Dave Baute, President of Maizex Seeds Inc., market acceptance for products from Dr. Glenn’s distinctive breeding program is testament to the value of his work. “For 35 years, Dr. Francis Glenn has pursued a unique approach to breeding high yielding, silage specific corn hybrids,” said Baute. “His is the only corn program in North America devoted to the improvement of digestibility of both fibre and grain parts of the corn plant.”

Honourary Life Membership in the CSTA has been bestowed upon seed industry champion John Cowan.

“A relentless supporter of certified seed, with the outstanding ability to unite our industry to work for a common cause” is how John Cowan was described as he accepted the 2009 CSTA Seed Achievement Award. That description still applies as he receives his second CSTA award: Honourary Life Membership.

John Cowan began his seed industry career in 1977 with Hyland Seeds in Blenheim, Ontario, and became General Manager in 1997. Under John’s leadership, Hyland Seeds established itself as a leading developer of corn, soybean, and wheat genetics targeted at the northern tier of North America.

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