SaskWheat supports the right of farmers to use farm-saved seed and is concerned how a trailing royalty may affect this.  |  File photo

More seed royalty options needed

Changes to the seed royalty collection system for wheat and other crops are being discussed now by Agriculture Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Sask Wheat is committed to being a part of a system that will maintain and grow funding for wheat research in Canada. This system needs to include a strong research […] Read more

The agriculture department is looking at the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act’s advisory committee as a way to keep producers involved.  |  File photo

Feds consider changes to seed royalty proposal

Agriculture Canada officials say they have listened to concerns that the proposals give the seed industry a blank cheque

Nobody is comfortable with a blank cheque. Over the last few months, representatives of Agriculture Canada have met with farmers to discuss proposed changes to the plant breeders’ rights system, in which farmers would pay royalties on farm-saved seed. During the meetings, which were held in Western Canada, Ottawa and Prince Edward Island, farmers have […] Read more


Over the last few months, representatives of Agriculture Canada have met with farmers to discuss proposed changes to the plant breeders' rights system, in which farmers would pay royalties on farm-saved seed. | File photo

Ag Canada ponders changes to seed royalty proposal

Nobody is comfortable with a blank cheque. Over the last few months, representatives of Agriculture Canada have met with farmers to discuss proposed changes to the plant breeders’ rights system, in which farmers would pay royalties on farm-saved seed. During the meetings, which were held in Western Canada, Ottawa and Prince Edward Island, farmers have […] Read more

The wheat growers association wants to wait till the end of the consultation process before stating its preferred choice, but added it supports the continuation of public breeding programs and believes a new royalty collection system would contribute to their sustainability.  |  File photo

Seed royalty proposal divides farmers

Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association comes out in favour of proposal, but APAS expresses opposition

The original headline of this story, “Seed royalty proposal gains farmer support,” did not accurately reflect the story, which has views for and against the proposed changes. The headline has been updated to, “Seed royalty proposal divides farmers.” The Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association says it’s in favour of paying royalties on farm-saved seed if […] Read more