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Canadian Forage Seed Project Update

The Canadian Forage Seed project (CFSP) was started in 1950 by the Seed Division of Agriculture Canada. The main role of the CFSP was to arrange for the contract production, conditioning, warehousing and sale of Foundation Seed of up to 45 varieties that had been bred by the Research Branch of Agriculture Canada.

In 1984 after a program review it was decided all varieties in the CFSP would be offered to SeCan. Over a 5 year period the program was phased out resulting in SeCan continuing with 5 of the 20 CFSP varieties. In 1988 the CSTA made a proposal to Agriculture Canada Seed Division and the Research Branch to tender the remaining varieties to private companies. The proposal was accepted. The private companies became exclusive suppliers of Foundation Seed, assuming the responsibilities of managing the variety, including negotiating with the Research Branch for Breed Seed Requirements. At this time, the CSTA reserved a small role as the allocator of Foundation seed when varieties were in short supply.

Over the years the role of the Canadian Seed Trade Association with the Canadian Forage Seed Project changed periodically. Earlier this year the CSTA and AAFC re-negotiated the Canadian Forage Seed Project agreement which had not been updated since it was signed in 1988.

Highlights of the CSTA’s involvement in the program are follows:

  • CSTA has Full authority to manage all contracts;
  • CSTA is responsible for oversight;
  • CSTA has the right to select the Managing Companies;
  • CSTA, insofar as possible, must ensure an adequate supply of Foundation seed is available;
  • CSTA shall conduct surveys of seed trade and growers;
  • CSTA will collect reports from CFSP Managing companies three times a year;
  • CSTA will establish, maintain and administer an advisory Committee;
  • CSTA,may withdraw the services of any Managing Company.


Highlight of the AAFC involvement in the program are as follows:

  • AAFC is responsible for supplying Breeders’ seed;
  • AAFC will determine the price of Breeders’ seed;
  • AAFC reserves the right to transfer the responsibility of maintaining Breeder’s seed stocks;
  • AAFC, reserves the right to direct a Managing Company an authorized third party;
  • AAFC reserves the right to seek de-registration of CFSP varieties for which there is no longer demand.
CFSP November, 2012 Report
Algonquin Alfalfa
Pask Farms Ltd.
Box 40
Atwater, SK S0A 0C0
Attn: Murray Pask
Tel: (306) 745-2571
Fax: (306) 745-2564
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Aurora Alsike Clover
Brett-Young Seeds Ltd.
P.O. Box 99, St. Norbert P.S.
Winnipeg, MB R3V 1L5
Attn: Darrell Dziver
Tel: (204) 261-7932
Fax: (204) 275-7333
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Beaver Alfalfa, Champ Timothy,
Yukon Sweet Clover,
Climax Timothy, Leo Trefoil, Rambler Alfalfa

Pickseed
Box 4, Grp. 200, R.R. 2
Winnipeg, MB R3C 2T6
Attn: Terra Ewacha
Tel: (204) 633-0088
Fax: (204) 694-1690
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Carlton Brome
Peace River Seed Co-op Ltd.
Box 9
Sexsmith, AB T0H 3C0
Attn: Janet Roy
Tel: (780) 568-2922
Fax: (780) 568-3715
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Boreal Creeping Red Fescue
John Zuelzer & Son Canada Ltd.
42 Manchester Drive
Sherwood Park, AB T8A 0T4
Attn: Rick Lusk
Tel: (780) 417-6543
Fax: (780) 417-6567
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Prairieland Altai Wild Rye
Sunshine Seeds Ltd.
Ken Long Forage Seeds
P.O. Box 1086
Magrath, AB T0K 1J0
Attn: Gordon Card
Tel: (403) 653-4114
Fax: (403) 653-4124
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