Launch of on­line pro­ducer sur­vey on seed roy­al­ties

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - OPINION - Con­trib­uted

Canadian pro­duc­ers are be­ing asked to share their views on pro­posed changes to seed roy­alty struc­tures for ce­real crops in a new on­line sur­vey that launched July 15.

Agricultur­e and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food In­spec­tion Agency held a se­ries of pub­lic meet­ings over the win­ter to gauge feed­back on two po­ten­tial new mod­els of col­lect­ing roy­al­ties on saved seed. The gov­ern­ment con­sul­ta­tion process is cur­rently on hold; how­ever, sev­eral prairie farm groups would like to hear more from pro­duc­ers on the pro­posed changes be­fore the con­sul­ta­tions re­sume later this year.

“The cre­ation of a new seed roy­alty model for ce­real crops will mean sig­nif­i­cant changes for pro­duc­ers when it comes to the is­sue of farmer-saved seed. Fur­ther ex­plo­ration and con­sul­ta­tion is ab­so­lutely critical to en­sure that the in­ter­ests of Canadian pro­duc­ers are re­flected in any re­sult­ing model,” said Lynn Ja­cob­son, pres­i­dent of the Al­berta Fed­er­a­tion of Agricultur­e.

Todd Lewis, pres­i­dent of the Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchew­an agrees. “Pro­duc­ers cer­tainly weren’t sat­is­fied with the level of en­gage­ment and con­sul­ta­tion that went into the devel­op­ment of the two mod­els cur­rently under con­sid­er­a­tion. We want to make sure that pro­duc­ers stay on top of these dis­cus­sions and have their voice heard through­out the process,” he said.

The sur­vey is now avail­able at see­droy­al­ty­survey.com.

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