September 2015

Make Sure Your Crops are Included in Provincial Seed Guides and the National Seed Locator

Paying up your CSGA account is important. Not only does it release your outstanding crop certificates but it also provides your farm with an added marketing boost. Only the fields that have been fully paid are displayed in provincial seed guides and in CSGA’s national online Pedigreed Seed Locator. If you want buyers of Certified seed to find you and your farm, it is in your best interest to double-check your CSGA account and tie up any loose ends.

Members can access their account through CSGA’s Members website. Payments can be completed online by debit or credit card.  Companies preparing seed guides in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba request data from the CSGA office as early as the first weeks of October.  For inclusion in these publications, it’s important that all unresolved issues with your fields and accounts are settled with the CSGA ahead of that time.

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New Seed Sample Bags & Procedures for 2015

CSGA has revised the Form 50 and plot seed sample procedures for 2015.

1) Form 50 – Report on Plot Production
A Form 50 is now required per variety, rather than per plot. The requirement to submit a seed sample from each plot has not changed and is still mandatory. A Form 50 can be submitted electronically by logging in to the Member’s Area of the CSGA website. To submit a hardcopy, please download and print the Form 50 from the ‘Forms’ section of the CSGA website. The Form 50 provides important feedback to the plant breeder on the adaptability, genetic stability, uniformity and performance of a variety in the region where the plot is being produced.

2) New Mailing Address for Seed Samples
All seed samples for Probation, Foundation and Select Plots are to be sent directly to the CFIA Variety Verification Program. To ensure your samples are processed, they must be submitted in CSGA’s new sample bags with all required information filled out. Failure to do so, may result in your sample not being processed and a crop certificate not being issued.

CFIA Variety Verification Program Mailing Address
Seed Science Unit
3851 Fallowfield Road, Building 210, PO Box 11300
Nepean, ON K2H 8P9

3) New Sample Bag for 2015
To ensure samples are received and processed by the CFIA Variety Verification Laboratory, all samples should be submitted using CSGA’s new sample bag. This new sample bag has a pre-printed label which must be filled out completely. Expect to receive your seed sample bags by mail in the first weeks of October.

Please remember that Seed Samples should be sent to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Variety Verification Laboratory and not the CSGA office as in the past.

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When does a Seed Grower need to be Registered as a Bulk Storage Facility?

csilogo.hi_res.jpg 1There is sometimes confusion as to whether a seed grower needs to be accredited by the Canadian Seed Institute as a Bulk Storage Facility (BSF) when handling bulk pedigreed seed.  All seed that has been graded with a Canada pedigreed grade name and sold in bulk (i.e. not in sealed packages) must be stored and delivered by a bulk storage facility.  Here are some more in-depth scenarios as to what a seed grower is allowed and not allowed to do with regards to bulk seed:

A Seed Grower may not:

  • have his own pedigreed seed conditioned, sampled and graded by an Approved Conditioner (AC), take the seed back and sell/deliver that seed in bulk as pedigreed seed;
  • condition his own pedigreed status seed, have it sampled and graded by an accredited grader and sell/deliver that seed in bulk; or
  • establish a contract with an Approved Conditioner/Bulk Storage Facility to sell seed at the grower’s location under the AC’s registration as a BSF.

A Seed Grower may:

  • rent bin space at a bulk storage facility and sell conditioned and graded pedigreed seed for delivery by the bulk storage facility;
  • condition (clean and package) his own seed, have it graded and sealed by an accredited grader and sell that packaged pedigreed seed, attaching the labels the accredited grader has prepared.
  • condition his own seed or have the seed conditioned by an Approved Conditioner and use the graded bulk pedigreed seed for his own use.

A Seed Grower registered as Bulk storage Facility may:

  • store and deliver seed graded with a Canada pedigreed grade name in bulk for sale.

For further information about handling pedigreed seed, please contact a Canadian Seed Institute representative:

Danielle Fletcher, CSI Western Representative, 1-855-831.1313

Jennifer Scott, CSI Eastern Representative, 1-800-979.9015

Or to find out how to become a Bulk Storage Facility, contact the CSI head office:

Carli Marsh, CSI Office Manager, 1-800-516-3300

Shelly Rowsell, Office Assistant, 1-800-516-3300

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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
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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.