b"CSGA MEMBERS APPROVENEW FEE STRUCTUREIncreases will ensure administration of Canada's national seed crop certification program and help CSGA plan for the future.Marc ZienkiewiczTHE CANADIAN SEEDGrowers Association (CSGA) is begin-ning the new year with a new fee schedule recently approved by members at its special general meeting held virtually on Nov. 24, 2021.The meeting was held to allow members to vote on a new fee recommendation to maintain the organizations sustainable budgets and operational efficiency, Executive Director Doug Miller said. CSGAs current transitionary fees were to expire on Jan. 31, 2022 and could not be extended. Without a new fee schedule approved by members, CSGA would have reverted to the 2019 Fee Schedule, originally approved in 2016.Administering one of the largestif not the largestseed crop certification systems globally, CSGA collects fees to deliver on its regulatory mandate to provide a national program for seed crop certification.With only 12 full-time employees, we certify over 16,000 seed crops every year, of over 2,200 different vari-eties, Miller said.Miller also noted that strategic investments are required to ensure positive outcomes in Seed Regulatory Modernization and implement the CSGA 2.0 Business Plan vision. CSGA will also rebuild its reserves, as some were used to finance parts of the Seed Synergy collaboration project.CSGA Executive Director Doug Miller. In September, CSGA opened a six-week consultation and invited members and stakeholders to comment on a new fee proposal and an inflationary fee adjustment 22GERMINATION.CAJANUARY 2022"