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New Rules Help Farmers and Canadian Seed Industry

28 March 2012

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has amended the Seeds Regulations to provide greater consistency for how seed blends created to manage pests are labelled, tagged and graded. This change benefits farmers and the Canadian seed industry by making it easier to identify these specialised blends in the marketplace.

"These amendments will help producers choose the pest management strategy that works best for their crops and allows seed producers to better market their innovative products," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.

"Blends intended to manage pests can help increase crop yields, maintain crop quality and improve a producer’s bottom line, benefiting the entire Canadian agriculture sector."

A blend for pest management combines at least two different types of seed. Most of the seed is the crop that the farmer wants to produce, which has been developed to resist a specific pest.

This is mixed with a small amount of seed of a plant variety that is not resistant and can serve as a host for the pest.

Planting these different kinds of seed together helps to protect the long-term pest resistance of the crop.

The amendments now published in Canada Gazette, Part II, are based on a series of consultations with plant breeders, seed growers, seed companies, seed distributors and grain producers.

The amendments apply to seed blends intended for pest management of certain crops, such as wheat and corn.

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