July 26, 2022 – Seeds Canada would like to extend our congratulations to the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG) and Limagrain Field Seeds on the recent announcement and launch of a groundbreaking new partnership to develop pea and lentil varieties for western Canadian farmers.
From SPG, “This new partnership is SPG’s first major collaboration in a new era for pulse breeding in Saskatchewan. This new environment will encourage multiple breeding programs and a transition from a royalty-free system to growers paying for access to new varieties through royalties like they do for other crops. This new breeding collaboration will build on the success of previous breeding partnerships to deliver improved varieties for producers.”
Seeds Canada is encouraged by this partnership, which will base its operations in Saskatoon, and represents a new investment in western Canadian crop development. This is an excellent example of how forward thinking and leadership from like-minded organizations can increase innovation, competition, and farmer-choice in the marketplace.
Seeds Canada looks forward to supporting this partnership through our advocacy and member services and watching its progress in delivering improved pulse varieties. We look forward to seeing more innovative partnerships take shape in the future.
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