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Welcome to the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project engagement hub. Over the past year senior leaders from the six major seed sector industry organizations have been working together on the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project. We are pleased to announce that we have completed a comprehensive Green Paper proposing a vision for the next generation seed system, and we would like to share this vision with you and your staff.

The seed sector is at the heart of all agricultural activity in Canada, laying the groundwork for food, feed, fuel, and fibre. High quality seed allows us to turn innovation in the laboratory into products in the field that further adaptation to climate change, capture export market opportunities, and drive growth for Canadian producers. The agriculture sector is today on the horizon of a new era of growth and opportunity driven by technological, regulatory & economic change, and we see the seed sector as integral to this success.

The Seed Synergy Collaboration Project represents the combined efforts of Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, the Canadian Seed Trade Association, the Canadian Seed Institute, the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada, the Canadian Plant Technology Agency, and CropLife Canada. We know that current model of the seed sector must adapt to change and seize emergent opportunities. Canada needs a strong vision for the future, and practical reforms now, to position producers, innovators, and ultimately the entire agricultural value chain to succeed in a highly competitive and innovation-based global marketplace. The Green Paper is our vision of how to meet these challenges, with proposals designed to:

·      Stimulate investment to unlock our innovative potential

·      Enable industry to play a greater leadership role in governing the seed system

·      Increase transparency within the system

·      Better meet diverse customer needs and drive growth throughout the agriculture value chain

From December 2017 to February 2018 we want to hear from everyone in the seed value chain. We will be talking to our members, holding regional workshops, and engaging with stakeholders (including key federal government departments) in order to produce a final White Paper for spring/summer 2018. The project team wants to hear your thoughts, and your ideas to help produce a strong vision of the next generation seed system in Canada. It is our hope that this final document will chart a course for the future of the seed system, and will set out a strong path forward for industry and government to work together in effecting meaningful change. 

Learn more about the Seed Synergy vision and proposals, share your views online, or contact us

WHO ARE THE SEED SYNERGY ORGANIZATIONS?

The Seed Synergy Collaboration Project consists of six major national seed industry organizations: the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA), the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA), the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA) and CropLife Canada. 

Acknowledgement: the Seed Synergy Collaboration Project is made possible through support from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.