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. 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.

Since announcing the SVUA pilot program in February, the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA) has been hard at work, ensuring that the pilot program’s varieties are available to producers for spring. Contracts have been signed and pilot varieties will be seeded in the 2020 growing season. CPTA member DL Seeds has also added two additional forage pea varieties to the pilot’s offerings: DL Delicious and DL Goldeneye.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) has collaborated with producer organizations to populate the SVUA Producer Working Group. The Working Group held its first meeting on May 6th, where participants heard from pilot 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 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

Forage Field Pea

Variety: DL Delicious
Breeder: DL Seeds
Distributor: FP Genetics

Variety: DL Goldeye
Breeder: DL Seeds
Distributor: Riddell Seed Company