Seed industry group amalgamation moves to be voted on later in summer

Seed Canada could be formed by the coming together of five organizations

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Glacier FarmMedia – The Canadian seed industry is expected to vote this summer on a proposal to form a new seed organization called Seeds Canada.

In a June 19 news release, the Canadian Seed Trade Association announced that five national seed industry associations are taking a step toward amalgamation.

Why it matters: If the proposal is ratified by members of five seed industry groups, Seed Canada will be created, resulting in greater efficiencies and a more unified voice for the sector.

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The five groups — the CSTA, the Canadian Seed Growers Association, the Canadian Seed Institute, the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada and the Canadian Plant Technology Agency — will review a formal ratification package this summer and are expected to vote on a proposed merger before early September, industry sources said.

Details on the ratification proposal can be viewed online at seedgrowers.ca/seeds-canada-ratification/ or at www. seedsynergy.net.

Jonathan Nyborg, a pedigreed seed grower from New Denmark, N.B., who also serves as president of the CSGA, said pedigreed seed growers across Canada will receive information and voting packages shortly.

Seed grower members will be able to cast their ballots between July 15 and Aug. 27.

Creating an organization that represents all parts of the Canadian seed sector will result in a stronger and more cohesive industry, particularly when dealing with government, Nyborg said.

As far as seed certification operations within the CSGA are concerned, it will be business as usual.

“We have to ensure that that business continuity is there and that what CSGA does today will be able to carry over to the new organization… with no interruption in the services that are currently provided to members.”

To proceed, all five organizations must ratify the merger.

Ratification support within each organization will require two-thirds support of all the ballots cast.

This article was originally published at The Western Producer.

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