Seed growers and plant breeders have set a standard of excellence, demonstrating advanced knowledge and skills in pedigreed seed production. In pursuit of excellence, CSGA offers designations to support individuals in their careers, improve quality control oversight, and mitigate seed production risks.
CSGA offers several professional designations. A CSGA designation is awarded to an individual who has achieved a particular standard of excellence and experience. Growers and Plant Breeders have high investments in seed production. What sets high performers apart is their solid understanding of regulations, best practices and the skills, knowledge, tools and resources to support their businesses. Ongoing development and competencies are essential to success in today’s seed sector. CSGA accreditations are voluntary and designed to ensure the sector is working together consistently across the country in support of a next generation seed sector.
1. CSGA-Accredited Plot Grower
In Canada, plot production is the responsibility of, and is restricted to, CSGA-Accredited Plot Growers. Plot production is usually the first multiplication of Breeder seed for most annual crop kinds. Breeder seed is carefully multiplied by CSGA-Accredited Plot Growers to maintain varietal purity to provide enough parent seed to produce enough Foundation, Registered and Certified seed of the variety. Plot production must follow strict standards and requirements specific to plot production.
To obtain the CSGA-Accredited Plot Grower designation, a grower must:
- Complete the CSGA Learn Probation Plot Grower Program, make an application to CSGA to begin plot probation production and successfully complete two years of production of probation plots
- Make application to CSGA to begin probation plot production and successfully complete three years of production of probation plots
To meet eligibility requirements to begin probation plot production, a grower must have experience producing certified seed in at least three of the previous five years. This requirement can be reduced with a recommendation from a CSGA-Accredited Plot Grower, a CSGA-Recognized Plant Breeder, or the voluntary completion of the CSGA Learn Probation Plot Grower Program.
For more information on these requirements, including application information and deadlines, please visit the CSGA website.
2. CSGA-Recognized Plant Breeder and CSGA-Recognized Associate Plant Breeder
The plant breeding community is a key subset of the CSGA membership. Experienced plant breeders have made significant scientific strides to improve the crops we grow in Canada.
Breeder plots produce the highest class of seed crops certified by the CSGA. In Canada, Breeder seed is produced by CSGA-Recognized Plant Breeders. Produced in small plots, Breeder seed provides the original parent seed for all other classes of pedigreed seed. Breeder seed production must follow a set of guidelines with stringent standards. Plant Breeders are responsible for assuring Breeder seed is grown and processed to the highest standards.
To obtain the CSGA-Recognized Plant Breeder or CSGA-Recognized Associate Plant Breeder designation, a Plant Breeder must:
- Make application to CSGA for plant breeder recognition
- Pass a peer-review process by CSGA’s Plant Breeders’ Committee, which reviews the application and recommends accreditation approvals to the CSGA Board of Directors.
- Voluntarily complete the CSGA Learn Plant Breeder Program
To learn more about the requirements and application process to obtain the CSGA-Recognized Plant Breeder or CSGA-Recognized Associate Plant Breeder designation, please visit the CSGA website.
3. CSGA-Accredited Seed Grower (ASG)
- Successfully complete two years of seed crop production
- Complete the CSGA Learn Experienced Seed Grower Program