Four seed sector organizations have officially voted in favour to become one new, national organization.
The Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA), the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI), and the Canadian Seed Trade Association will become Seeds Canada on February 1, 2021.
The vision for Seeds Canada is to become the leading voice of the Canadian seed sector, helping members succeed and grow in Canada and around the world.
Originally, five groups were discussing amalgamation. The membership of the Canadian Seed Growers Association, the organization that certifies seed crops in Canada, voted against amalgamation in early September.
The Seeds Canada board will include 15 directors from across the country, representing a diverse range of experience and skills. The goal is for Seeds Canada’s membership to include national and provincial seed associations, as well as seed growers from across the country.
The four groups say they have received a great deal of interest and the number of members is expected to grow, bringing new voices and perspectives to the existing membership of the four groups.