b'sector partners, helped do that earlierknows that the success of Canadianthe 39-year high of 8.1 per cent it rose this year with Seed Summit 2022, whichproducers depends on how well thoseto last spring. That means the risk to laid out what industry and producerswho design our regulatory systemproducers of doing business is rising alike expect from a modern seed system.understand the risks and threats thatalong with the cost of doing business, A few examples included: very system is facing and how to plan fornotes Rob Hannam, founder of SynthesisA predictable regulatory environmentthose risks. Agri-Food Network and CEO of Farm that attracts investment into CanadaTake the public variety developmentHealth Guardian, a biosecurity softwarean environment that makes goodsystem for cereals, for example. Thatplatform. He says farmer involvement business sense for investors and allowssystem, operated largely by Agricultureis key in paving the path forward for them to gauge potential outcomes andand Agri-Food Canada, has servedCanadas seed regulatory system.timelines allowing for competition andfarmers very well for many years, CominFarmers buy the seed; they plant the choice in the marketplace adds. crop and take the risk. [Improving ourA competitive, lower cost seedBut as the world changes and theseed regulatory system] shouldnt be certification system, in order to remainbusiness landscape changes along withviewed as a seed company or a seed competitive globally it, we must be mindful of the threats thatgrower-led initiative; it should be aTimely access to varieties forface the traditional public frameworkfarmer-led initiative, and it absolutely producers and technologies so the ag andso we can respond quickly in the eventshould involve seed growers and seed seed sectors dont continue to fall behindthat system changes for any reason companies and grain companies that buy global counterparts including government reallocation ofthe crops, Hannam said. The opportunity for breeders topriorities and resources. Farmers should all be demanding benefit from innovations in plantbetter varieties faster, and Id like to breeding, to gain access to useful traits,New Varietiessee more farmer-driven leadership in and to enable the industry to make use ofAs far as threats go, there are someseed, rather than just seed growers and the opportunities high-profile ones, not least among themseed companies recommending how to According to Comin, anyone who isinflation. Canadas inflation rate currentlymodernize the regulations.affected by the seed regulatory systemsits at 7.6 per cent, easing slightly fromThat new variety uptake would, of PEDIGREED SEEDCPS RED WHEAT OATSAAC Goodwin CDC ArborgHRS WHEAT TRITICALEAAC Brandon TazaAAC Wheatland VB AB Stampeder (NEW)AAC Viewfield PEASSEED VARIETIESCDC Silas (NEW) CDC Forest (G) HR WHEAT GP WHEAT DURUMBARLEY AAC Chrome (Y) AAC Viewfield Pasteur AAC StrongholdAAC Connect AAC Carver (Y) AAC Wheatland VB KWS Alderon AAC GoldnetCDC Copper CANOLACanmore SOFT WHEAT BARLEY YELLOW PEAAB Wrangler Pioneer Hi-Bred AAC Chiffon VB Esma AAC CarverAB Hague (NEW) AAC Sadash VB AB Brewnet LENTILSSirish (NEW) WINTER WHEAT AB Hague CDC ProclaimAAC Wildfire KWS Kellie OATSGrass/Forage Seed/Corn AAC NetworkHYBRID FALL RYE CDC ArborgOn Site Scale - Seed Treating - Blending YELLOW FLAX KWS DanielloCDC Dorado KWS ProPowerLenKelseyCorwin (L) (403) 323-0317 KWS SerafinoBox 97, Halkirk, AB (K) (403) 323-0315 Dale Witdouck, 403-635-0099, [email protected] 1M0 (C) (403) 916-5582 Iron Springs, Lethbridge County(403) 884-2358 [email protected] www.witdouckfarms.com96seed.ab.ca'