Passage of Bill C-18, Including UPOV '91, Celebrated in Winnipeg

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The federal agriculture minister, seed industry officials and representatives from various crop sector and farmer organizations celebrated the passage of Bill C-18 — the Agricultural Growth Act — at the head office of Canterra Seeds in Winnipeg on Friday.

The legislation, which includes the implementation of the UPOV ’91 standard for plant breeders’ rights and changes to cash advance programs for farmers, received Royal Assent on Wednesday (as reported on RealAgriculture.com here.)

Amidst the celebration following the press conference, Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz discussed the timeline for implementing UPOV ’91, the possibility of seed companies collecting end-point royalties and various other aspects of the legislation:

Watch RealAgriculture.com for more coverage on what happens now that C-18 has become law.

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