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24exploringideasandviewsonallaspectsoftheseedindustry.Pioneerx19sNewUseoxePatentsx1cThesearenx19tplantvarietypatentsbutrathervarietyimprovementpatentsonspecifccellsinsoybeanplantsx1dsaysDaveHarwoodox1fPioneerHi-Bredrex1ferringtothecompanyx19srecentannouncementregardingnewpatentsthatwillprotectitsnewsoybeanvarietiescomingtomarketnextspring.AlthoughonlyonePioneersoybeancultivarhasbeenpatentedsox1farpatentsarependingonmorethan50andwillbeinplaceintheNewYearintimex1forseedingnextspring.BIGISSUESTACKLEDATTHIRDSEEDCONGRESSOFTHEAMERICASx1cIx19mverypleasedwiththenumberox1fpeoplethattravelledtoSantiagoChilex1forthismeetingandextremelyimpressedwiththenumberox1fhigh-levelexecutiveswhoparticipatedinthediscussionsx1dsaysDiegoRissosecretarygeneralox1ftheSeedAssociationox1ftheAmericas.x1cSAAcontinuestoexpandtherelationshipbetweenregulatorsandindustrywithmorethan10countriesrepresented.PhytosanitarydecisionsmadeinindividualcountrieshaveextremeimpactontheentireSAAgroupandwewereabletopulltogetheragroupox1fstakeholderstoaddressrecentregulationsthatmayhaveconsiderablenegativeimpactonthemovementoxeseedwithintheAmericas.Wealsohadtwodaysox1fclosed-doormeetingspriortothecongresswithregulatorsandindustryidentix1fyingkeyareasox1fconcernanddialogueonlowlevelpresence.ThispresentationisavailableontheSAAwebsite.x1dx1cIamveryimpressedwiththecommitmentthattheSAAmembercountrieshavetoresolveissuesandx1facilitateenhancedtradex1daddsPattyTownsendCEOox1ftheCanadianSeedTradeAssociation.x1cTogetherwehavemadetremendousprogressonsomeveryimportantissuesthatcanserveasamodelx1forthebroaderinternationalcommunity.x1dMarketingFreedomx19sImpactonInnovationinCanadaAttherecentCanadianSeedTradeannualmeetingPaulMartinox1fAgricultureandAgri-FoodCanadagaveanupdateonthegovernmentx19snewmarketingx1freedomlegislationanditspossibleimpactoninnovationintheseedindustry.CurrentlytheCanadianWheatBoardcollectsx1fundingx1forresearchorganizationssuchastheWesternGrainsResearchFoundationtheCanadianInternationalGrainsInstituteandtheCanadianMaltingBarleyTechnicalCentre.x1cOneconcernisthatinmovingtoavoluntarymarketweanticipatetheCWBwillhavelessthanaonepercentmarketsharesotheywillbecollectinglessmoneyx1fortheseorganizationsx1dsaysMartin.Therex1forehesaysthenewlegislationcontainsaninterimsolutioninwhichthegovernmentwillbeprovidingapointox1fsalecheck-of.x1cRegulationiscominganditwillbeavoluntaryrex1fundmechanism.Theintentistoprovidereplacementox1fx1fundingoverthetransitionperiod.Itx19snotalong-termsolutionx1dsaysMartin.Hesaysindustrynowneedstodevelopalong-termplanx1forongoingx1fundinginwhichthegrainsectorwillbesupportedindevelopingpermanentx1fundingmechanismtosatisx1fyitsgoals.x1cIndustrywillhavegreatercontrolandinputintotheestablishmentox1famoreinclusiveplanx1dsaysMartin.