Thursday, December 3, 2020

Scaled-down seed merger approved

A new merger plan for Canada’s seeds industry has been approved, minus the Canadian Seed Growers Association whose farmer-members voted against the proposal.

The merger now involves the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada, the Canadian Seed Institute and the Canadian Seed Trade Association.

The new organization formally begins Feb. 1.

The Seeds Canada founding groups said the new organization has “received a great deal of interest and the number of members is expected to grow, bringing new voices and perspectives to the existing membership of the four groups.”

The goal, they said, is for Seeds Canada’s membership to include national and provincial seed associations as well as seed growers from across the country.