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Farmers Don't Support Proposed Seed Royalty Models

Prairie farm groups have released results of a seed royalty survey.
 
According to the survey, farmers do not support the two seed royalty models under consideration by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
 
The two models being looked at are trailing and end-point royalties.
 
The Alberta Federation of Agriculture, the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan and Keystone Agricultural Producers of Manitoba have been surveying producers online on the proposed changes since July. More than 1000 producers contributed their comments.
 
“We look forward to working with the federal government now that the election is complete to ensure that any new seed royalty structure is ultimately fair for farmers and producers as it would ultimately impact their bottom line the most,” KAP President Bill Campbell said. “Plant breeding needs to be funded in a manner that is fair and driven by the interests of farmers.”
 
Consultations on the two proposed seed royalty structures are currently on hold.
 
The farm groups were unhappy with the lack of producer input in the consultations and decided to survey producers themselves.
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