b"carried out via the SEED-RM Workingfor all stakeholders, can deliver new Group, which falls under AAFCs Valuetechnology, and is transparent and Chain Roundtables. Its purpose is toscience based. Seed regulation isn't just provide a collaborative approach whereabout quality; it's about trust in that government and impacted seed/seedquality, he says.potato stakeholders collaborate in theIssues CSGA has identified include co-development of proposed options toinconsistencies and confusions in provide recommendations to the CFIAthe system, ranging from incomplete for amending the Seeds Regulations. datasets, record keeping issues, overly Working group members include: complex reporting requirementsProducer groups and systems, and even a lack of clearSeed industry authorities for who is responsible forSeed potato industry what within Canadas seed regulatoryPublic breeders system.Commodity/value chain associations When we look towards the future, itsOther/special interest groups crucial we establish a clear designated Jahn hopes the final SRMauthority. A strong national seed crop recommendations will get into Canadacertification system, supported by a Gazette Part I, which is the beginning ofNick Sekulic is a seed grower and owner of Prestvillesingle window framework where CSGA the official amendment process for theFarms in Rycroft, Alta. is acting as the national designated fall of 2024, taking the end of the processauthority on behalf of the Canadian to 2025.government for all things related to seed We see [the winter of 2023] as ancertification, is the path forward, Miller ideal opportunity to ask the broadersays.stakeholders questions on some of theLauren Comin serves as regulatory options and recommendations that haveaffairs manager for Seeds Canada. The been put forward, Jahn says. former director of research for Alberta Wheat and Alberta Barley knows the Recommendations for Change importance of variety development, and Although formal SRM discussions arehow a nimble, agile seed regulatory ongoing, the public has been givensystem is needed in order to move plenty of insights into what is beingCanada into the future.talked about and what sort of proposalsThrough SRM, the CFIA has signalled could be put forward for public input.it is open to substantial change to Doug Miller, executive director for theour regulatory system, including Canadian Seed Growers Associationgovernments role in the regulation of (CSGA), says Canadas regulatoryseed. This opens the door for the seed framework provides buyers with trustindustry to plan for the future and create and confidence in what theyre buying,a system designed to ensure stability but and trust is really key here.also be agile and able to turn on a dime At CSGA, our vision for the future iswhen the need arises, she says.based on trust; that Canadian producersThe picture of where our system have trust and confidence in the seedis todayand what the hurdles and they're planting. We need a modernDoug Miller is executive director for the Canadianbarriers to that system aremust be seed system that adapts quickly toSeed Growers Association painted clearly. change, creates a level playing fieldSeeds Canada, alongside ag and seed Fall 2022 95"