Seed roy­al­ties on­line survey for pro­duc­ers clos­ing next month

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Cana­dian agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers have un­til Oc­to­ber 15th to share their views on pro­posed changes to seed roy­alty struc­tures for ce­real crops at see­droy­al­ty­

The on­line survey was launched in July by the Al­berta Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture, the Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchew­an and the Key­stone Ag Pro­duc­ers of Man­i­toba. The three prairie farm groups are col­lect­ing producer feed­back on pro­posed changes to the way roy­al­ties are col­lected on saved ce­real crop seeds, af­ter con­cerns were raised about the level of producer in­put in the govern­ment’s con­sul­ta­tion process.

“It’s pretty clear in the re­sponses we have re­ceived so far that Cana­dian pro­duc­ers have a lot to say and feel very strongly about the seed roy­alty is­sue, and they de­serve to be heard. We en­cour­age as many pro­duc­ers as pos­si­ble to take the survey be­fore Oc­to­ber 15th. These changes will af­fect pro­duc­ers first and fore­most, and their views need to be con­sid­ered in this de­ci­sion,” said Todd Lewis, pres­i­dent of the Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Saskatchew­an.

“When it comes to the is­sue of seed roy­alty struc­tures there is a sin­gle payer in ev­ery pos­si­ble model and that is the producer,” noted Lynn Ja­cob­son, pres­i­dent of the Al­berta Fed­er­a­tion of Agri­cul­ture. “Har­vest is a busy time of year on the farm but tak­ing a few min­utes to par­tic­i­pate in this survey is one way pro­duc­ers can en­sure their voices are heard.”

“We have re­ceived clear feed­back from pro­duc­ers across our three prov­inces on pro­posed changes to seed roy­alty struc­tures, but we want to en­sure that with har­vest underway we pro­vide the abil­ity for pro­duc­ers to con­tinue to re­spond dur­ing this busy time of year,” said Bill Camp­bell, pres­i­dent of Key­stone Agri­cul­tural Pro­duc­ers. “Pro­duc­ers need to be in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tion process to en­sure that these struc­tures work in their best in­ter­est.”

Af­ter the survey closes, the re­sults will be com­piled and presented to the Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter af­ter the Fed­eral election.

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