What is the VUA?

The Variety Use Agreement (VUA) is a value creation tool to increase plant breeding investment and innovation. It is built on the principles of value, transparency and choice for producers.

The Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA) launched a pilot program in the February 2020 to test how the Variety Use Agreement (VUA) will work in the real world. The VUA will be applied to specific varieties as determined by plant breeders and their seed distributors. In simple terms, when producers purchase a VUA variety and then divert some of that grain at harvest for seed use and plant it the following spring, they will be invoiced a Variety Use Fee for use of the variety.

Visit the “Varieties” tab to see all the varieties and their maximum prices. The maximum reflects that maximum VUA fees that will be charged to a producer who is using these varieties as farm-saved seed on their own farms.

The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) is actively gathering input from producer organizations through the VUA Producer Working Group, which meets regularly. Participants have heard from experts and shared their ideas for working group goals and next steps. The working group consists of representatives from the seed industry and various producer organizations.

The combined efforts of the pilot program and working group are the best approach to get the information required on how the VUA will work, give customers more confidence and provide an opportunity to address any concerns.