The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) has been approved for funding under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) AgriAssurance Program. According to CSGA Executive Director Doug Miller, the funding will allow CSGA to further flesh out its vision of building a modern seed certification system for the country.
CSGA’s proposal was funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s AgriAssurance Program, a federal, provincial, territorial initiative. The funding will come through the Program’s National Industry Association (NIA) Component, which supports national-level projects to help the sector develop and adopt systems, standards, and tools to support Canadian agricultural and agri-food products.
Under the AAFC project, CSGA’s approved activities are:
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- Continuing its digital transition, including digital seed tags (following sector consultation), digitizing any remaining paper-based forms, and developing the variety access console
- Modernizing the Breeder Seed Regulations
- Developing and launching an awareness campaign on the value of Certified seed