New Collaboration on Value Creation

The Seed Variety Use Agreement pilot program and working group are two new initiatives that will help keep Canadian agriculture competitive. The Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA) has launched a pilot program to test how the Seed Variety Use Agreement (SVUA) will work in the real world. To provide transparency on the pilot program and create opportunities for collaboration, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) has formed a working group with producer and industry representation. These combined efforts demonstrate industry leadership and are the next steps needed to move forward.

The seed industry has been working hard to determine the next steps after the value creation consultations. These two initiatives are the best approach to get the information required on how the SVUA will work, giving customers more confidence and an opportunity to address concerns.

At this time, the pilot project will apply to at least three new PBR protected seed varieties, including two wheat varieties and one soybean variety. The varieties include two from Limagrain Cereals Research Canada (LCRC), which will be distributed by Canterra Seeds: a CWRS variety named CS Daybreak and a CPSR variety called CS Accelerate. The third variety will be a glyphosate tolerant soybean variety developed by North Dakota State University and distributed in Canada by SeCan. For more information on the two wheat varieties developed by LCRC, please contact LCRC or Canterra Seeds. For more information on the soybean variety, please contact SeCan.

The principles created by producer groups are also a key guideline to keep these efforts on track. The key principles of value creation (transparency, choice and value) remain at the core of this next phase.

For more information, please read the Frequently Asked Questions under the Resources tab, which have been updated with details on the pilot program and working group.

Pilot Program varieties

Variety: CS Daybreak (CWRS)
Breeder: Limagrain Cereals Research Canada
Distributor: Canterra Seeds

Variety: CS Accelerate (CPSR)
Breeder: Limagrain Cereals Research Canada
Distributor: Canterra Seeds

Variety: Glyphosate-tolerant soybean (Name TBD)
Breeder: North Dakota State University
Distributor: SeCan