Alfalfa Coexistence Planning The next steps

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Alfalfa Coexistence Planning The next steps
Alfalfa Coexistence Planning
The next steps
CSTA Forage and Turf Committee
July 13
13, 2015
Windsor, Ontario
Patty Townsend, CEO
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Coexistence Plan for Alfalfa Hay in
Eastern Canada Completed in 2013
• Began with value chain
symposium
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in Kitchener in 2012
• Best Management practises
developed by panel of
experts/specialists
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• Academics
• Forage
F
specialists
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• Alfalfa producers
• Users of alfalfa hay
• Weed specialist
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CSTA Strategic Plan 2014-19
“A coexistence plan for alfalfa
hay and seed across Canada
by December 2017”
2017
•
Commercializing Company
indicates no intention to
commercialize for seed
•
Strategy is to develop a
coexistence plan for hay in
Western Canada
•
Separate plan recognizes
very different production,
use and
d markets
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Three Production Systems Can Coexist For Hay Production in Western Canada
1 Background
1.
2. Principles of Coexistence
3. Alfalfa Hay Production Systems in Western Canada
4. The Biology of Alfalfa – Potential for Gene/Pollen Transfer
5. Routes to Unintended Low Level Presence of GM Alfalfa
6. Mitigating the Risk of Low Level Presence with Best Management Practises
7. Best Management Practises for Production of Genetically Modified Alfalfa
A - Record Keeping
B - Preventing Adventitious Presence (AP) at Planting
C - Reducing the Risk of AP from Gene Flow
D - Preventing of Mixing During Harvest
E - Preventing Mixing during Handling and Storage
F - Stand Take Out
G - Preventing Volunteers from a Prior GM Crop
H - Preventing Weed Shifts and Weed Resistance in Glyphosate Tolerant Alfalfa
8. Best Management Practises for Alfalfa Hay and Hay Products Destined for Non-GM Markets
A - Record Keeping
B - Preventing Adventitious Presence (AP) at Planting
C - Preventing AP at Harvest
9 Best
9.
B t Management
M
t Practises
P ti
Checklist
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10.
Appendix A: Manitoba
Appendix B: Saskatchewan
Appendix C: Alberta
Appendix D: British Columbia
References
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Value Chain Group Established
Current Participants
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Seed Sector
Developer/Commercializing Company for GM alfalfa
Forage Genetics International
Monsanto Canada
Technology Licensees
Dupont Pioneer
Seed Trade
BrettYoung
Gold Medal Seeds
Imperial Seed
Provincial Forage Specialists
Saskatchewan Provincial Specialist, Forage Crops
Manitoba Forage and Extension Specialist
Academics/Researchers
Rene VanAcker, University of Guelph
Surya Acharya, AAFC Lethbridge
Provincial Organizations
Alberta Alfalfa Seed Commission
Saskatchewan Leafcutter Association
Manitoba Forage and Grasslands Association
National Organizations
Canadian Forage and Grasslands Association
Canadian Seed Growers Association
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Canadian
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Honey C
Councilil
Forage Seed Canada
• Still seeking alfalfa hay
producers and users and
organic sector
representation
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Proposed Process and Time Frame
July, 2015
Document distributed to value chain group for
discussion and comment
• Consideration of categories for BMPs
August, 2015
Conference Call/Webinar of group for input
Identify smaller group of experts to work on
BMPs
September
October
Group of experts conference calls etc. to
develop BMPs
November
Document with proposed BMPs back to value
chain gro
group
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December
Final consultation with value chain group
(webinar, call, face-to-face)
February
Launch of plan
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