April 2017

Join us in Halifax

The 2017 CSGA Annual General Meeting is fast approaching, and we hope that you will be among us from July 10th to 13th as we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia. This year’s event will be held in conjunction with the CSTA’s annual meeting and will include a joint opening reception and dinner and opportunities for those interested to register for and participate in both events.

CSGA’s business program will focus on the next phase of the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project and the implementation of CSGA’s new Strategic Plan. Come prepared for briefings and discussion on Circular 6 Modernization, Seed Grower Professional Development, the Single Window Project and the Next Generation Seed System, among other key initiatives.

Follow this link Registration and AGM Program for Meeting and Program details and to register. Register before June 1st to take advantage of our early bird prices.

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Application Packages Are Coming Your Way!

Application Dates and Assistance
The 2017 crop season is upon us and it is time to prepare your applications for seed crop certification and your membership renewal form.

Application packages will be sent out on May 1st. Please look in your email spam folder and/or contact the CSGA office if you do not receive your package.

You can complete your application(s) online through the Member’s Area on the CSGA website as of May 1st. Please familiarize yourself with the 2017 Application Support Document for applicable deadline dates, fees, and instructions on how to complete CSGA application forms.

Continuing in 2017, members applying for more than 25 fields have the option of completing a bulk application form. Members who qualify for the bulk application will automatically receive the documentation on May 1st. For more information on bulk applications, please contact the CSGA office.

Please familiarize yourself with the new application deadline dates for different crop types and submit on time to avoid late penalties:

  • May 5 for winter canola/rapeseed
  • May 25 for fall seeded cereals
  • June 10 for fababeans, forages, flax, canola, mustard, corn and field peas
  • June 20 for all other crops not listed here
  • July 10 for field beans and buckwheat
  • July 20 for soybeans

For a full listing of fees and penalties, please follow the Application Support Document link.

If you are applying for crops with different deadline dates, you can submit separate application forms for different crops at different times.

If you need assistance to complete your application(s) please contact the office at 613-236-0497 x208, email us at applications@seedgrowers.ca or use the online chat feature on our website www.seedgrowers.ca.

New Fees
As previously communicated, acreage and membership fees have changed.  The CSGA Membership Fee is now $200 per member and the Acreage Fee is $0.98 for conventional crops and $1.00 for hybrid crops.  These fees were approved at the 2016 CSGA Annual General Meeting.

New Standards
Further to recent recommendations of the Standards and Circular 6 Committee, changes have been made to Circular 6 and posted to our Website. They include: new maximum impurity standards for all wheat types (durum not included), new maximum impurity standards for bean, chickpea, fababean, lentil, lupin, peas, and changes to industrial hemp production requirements. For more information, please follow the Notice of Changes link.

Service Providers
If you need to locate an authorized seed crop inspection service, please use our interactive Contact an Inspection Service tool. We would like to notify members that Farmers Edge is no longer conducting seed crop inspections this year. Please note that all hybrid rye crops must be inspected by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, in addition to all seed destined for the European Union as Pre-Basic/Basic.

If you need assistance to complete your application(s) please contact the office at 613-236-0497, email us at applications@seedgrowers.ca or use the online chat feature visible in the bottom right corner of our website www.seedgrowers.ca.

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Plant Breeders’ Rights

On April 7th, SeCan and FP Genetics announced the settlement of a joint Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) case between SeCan/FP Genetics and Johnston’s Grain Brokerage of Welwyn, Saskatchewan. The settlement related to unauthorized advertisements and sales of PBR protected varieties AC Strongfield and AC Transcend durum. Please follow this link for more information.

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Reminder to Select, Foundation and Probationary Plot Growers to Submit an Official Seed Sample for Variety Verification

This is a reminder that you are required to submit a seed sample for variety verification for each plot that you produced in 2016.  If you have not already done so, please submit a sample to the Variety Verification Program at CFIA as soon as possible. The samples will be planted as soon as conditions are favorable and CFIA staff need the samples as early as possible to complete their production.  Sample bags were distributed last fall.  If you need additional sample bags, please contact the CSGA office at 613-236-0497, email us at applications@seedgrowers.ca or contact us through the chat feature of our website www.seedgrowers.ca.

Samples should be sent to:
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
CFIA Seed Section Unit
Ottawa Plant Laboratory (Fallowfield)

Floor 2, 3851 Fallowfield Road
Nepean, ON   K2J 4S1

One CSGA Form 50 is required per variety and can be submitted electronically by logging into the Member Area of the CSGA website. If you would prefer to complete and submit a paper copy of the Form 50, it can be found on the CSGA website. Please do not include the Form 50 with your sample as the form goes to CSGA whereas the sample goes to CFIA. A crop certificate will not be issued until a seed sample is received by CFIA and a Form 50 is completed.

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Contact Us

CSGA staff is here to help and guide you. Don’t hesitate to contact us. Remember the CSGA national office operates in the Eastern Standard Time (EST) zone.

Telephone: (613) 236-0497, Fax: (613) 563-7855, Email: communications@seedgrowers.ca
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8455, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3T1
Courier Address: 240 Catherine Street, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2G8
Visit http://seedgrowers.ca/contact-us/ for complete contact information for our staff members.

Have YOU participated?

We are looking to members to provide feedback on our draft Strategic Plan. Once endorsed, the plan will shape CSGA policies and member services. Please take a few minutes to register and complete a short survey.

We are looking for YOUR opinion on Circular 6 Modernization, a Seed Grower Designate Program, Plant Breeders Rights, Inspections, CSGA services and many more. Join the conversation online today and hurry! This engagement ends Friday!

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Avez-VOUS participé?

Nous sommes à la recherche de membres pour nous donner leur rétroaction sur l’ébauche de notre Plan stratégique. Une fois entériné, le plan façonnera les politiques et les services aux membres de l’ACPS. Veuillez prendre quelques minutes pour vous inscrire et répondre à un court sondage.

Nous aimerions connaître VOTRE opinion sur la modernisation de la Circulaire 6, un programme de désignation de producteur de semences, la protection des obtentions végétales, les inspections, les services de l’ACPS et bien d’autres. Joignez-vous à la conversation aujourd’hui même. Faites vite! Cette consultation prend fin vendredi.