May 2015

Alternative Service Delivery – What’s New in 2015?

CFIA is planning to offer training for a limited number of Licensed Seed Crop Inspectors (LSCI) on the inspection of Breeder and Select plots before the beginning of the 2015 crop inspection season.  The hope is to train a few people from a number of Authorized Seed Crop Inspection Services (ASCIS) across the various regions.  Contact your ASCIS to see if they have someone licensed to do plots in your area.  In the meantime, CFIA will also continue to inspect Breeder and Select plots in 2015.

CFIA is also planning to train additional LSCI’s for hybrid corn for 2015, but will not be able to do additional training on forage crop inspections for 2015.  A number of LSCI’s are already authorized to inspect forages so the expectation is that many of the forage seed crop inspections will be done by an ASCIS in 2015 similar to 2014.  CFIA will also continue to inspect forage crops in 2015.

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Application Packages, Fees and Deadline Dates

Application packages were sent out to members the week of April 13th. If you have not received your electronic or hard copy application package by May 11th, please contact the office.  The CSGA office is now accepting applications online.  We strongly encourage all seed growers and assignees to familiarize themselves with procedures and changes described in the Application Support Document.

Please submit your applications before the deadline dates to avoid late application penalties.
April 25: Winter canola/rapeseed

May 25: Fall seeded cereals
June 10: Forages, flax, canola, mustard, corn and field peas
June 20: All other crops not named here
July 10: Field beans, buckwheat and soybeans

Assessment fees for seed crop inspections conducted by the CFIA have changed.  For a full listing of fees and penalties, and other invoicing updates, please refer to the Application Support Document.

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When and How to Submit Seed Tags

If you did not produce the parent seed, provide a copy of the officially recognized tag(s) or label that identified the parent seed at the time of application. Officially recognized tags and labels include Breeder tags signed by a CSGA recognized Plant Breeder, CSGA Select tags, CFIA Foundation, Registered, Certified, Interagency; and Unregistered Variety tags and bulk certificates, as well as OECD and AOSCA official certification tags. If parent seed was labelled with more than one type of officially recognized tag, provide a copy of both sides of all relevant tags.  If more than one lot number was planted, provide one copy for each different lot number.

If you produced the parent seed, it is not necessary to submit a tag.  Simply provide the Crop Certificate number on your application.  If the parent seed had a traceable lot number, provide the lot number.  If there is no lot number, indicate “own seed” as the lot number.

Note, tags cannot be submitted as an attachment to the application.   They can be submitted through the Members’ Area of the CSGA website using the “Forms” tab and then select “Upload a Tag”.

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Field Definition

CSGA is offering a document to assist growers, assignees and ASCIS with the definition of a “Field”.  This document can be useful when trying to determine whether separate applications are required for field inspections.

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Forage Survey Results

Statistics Canada has released results of a forage usage survey.  The yearly survey compares the usage of commercial to pedigreed forage seed across Canada.

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Save the Date! Annual General Meeting Notice

Mark your calendar to join us at the Canadian Seed Growers’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) July 8 – 10, 2015 in Montréal, Quebec.  The theme is “Certified seed, a tradition of excellence” and Montreal, with its unique combination of European and North American laisser-faire, is the perfect destination to bring the whole family and reconnect with tradition and excellence.

The meeting will take place at the Marriott Château Champlain hotel, centrally located in downtown Montréal and offering breathtaking views of the city.  With its “walk almost anywhere” location you will be able to explore extraordinary boutiques, restaurants, and historic architecture in Old Montréal. Phone 514-878-9000 with the group code csgcsga or book your guest room online through the CSGA website.  Book your guest room early so you won’t be disappointed!

More information on the business meeting, youth and partner program and registration material will be included in the spring edition of CSGA’s magazine Seed to Succeed and posted on the CSGA website.

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CSGA would like to pay tribute to the following seed growers that have passed since the last edition of our newsletter:

  • Robert Adam of St.-Felix-de-Valois, Quebec
  • John Henry Trawin of Melfort, Saskatchewan
  • Ernest Horudko of Nipawin, Saskatchewan
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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:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8455, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 3T1
Courier Address: 240 Catherine Street, Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2G8
Visit 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!


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.