The Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) was founded in 1923 to represent Canadian businesses with a vested interest in seed research, marketing and production. Today, the association is made up of roughly 125 members, ranging from large multi-nationals to single-family seed growers, and across a diverse range of market segments.

Scott Horner, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. | Photo Supplied.
Scott Horner, president of the Canadian Seed Trade Association. Photo by Brenda Trask.

According to Scott Horner, president of the CSTA, the organization’s five key objectives include:

  1. Open and unrestricted trade of seed around the world
  2. Increased interest in breeding and innovation
  3. Flexible and efficient science-based regulations
  4. Providing a voice for seed in Canada
  5. Improved public perception of agriculture and technology

Related: CSTA Names Scott Horner as New President

In this episode of the Seedpod(cast), RealAgriculture’s Shaun Haney meets with Horner to hear an update on the work of the organization. The duo cover the basic structure of the organization, an overview of strides made under each of the five key objectives, and the seed industry’s role in advocacy.

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The CSTA’s next semi-annual meeting is set for November 17-19 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

(Feature photo by Jennifer Nitschelm)

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