Call for 2011 nominations

March 4, 2011

Dear members of the plant breeding community,

You are invited to participate in the seventh annual Eastern Canada Seed of the Year competition, a joint initiative developed by SeCan and the University of Guelph. You are welcome to pass this notification on to others in the plant breeding community who would be interested in this competition as well.

Seed of the Year is a competition designed to recognize a publicly developed Canadian field crop, forage, fruit, vegetable or herb variety that has made a significant contribution to the agri-food industry.

Seed of the Year acknowledges the many accomplishments of public plant breeders in Canada. The Seed of the Year competition has expanded nationally and is accepting nominations for varieties developed all across Canada. Two separate awards will be given, one for eastern Canada, and one for western Canada.

Eligibility
Any publicly developed Canadian seed variety can be nominated for Seed of the Year. Unsuccessful nominations will be automatically re-entered in the contest for the next three years.

Selection process
A committee from industry, government, academia and media will judge entries.
Selection will be based on:
• Innovation
• Impact on the industry
• Presence throughout the value chain
• Sustainability
• Marketability

Finalists will be announced in early fall. A recognition event at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto will take place in November. At this time, the Seed of the Year winner will be unveiled.

Deadline for applications is April 22nd, 2011.

Submit applications by mail, by fax or electronically to:
Seed of the Year, c/o Dr. Rene Van Acker
Johnston Hall, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1

Email: seed@uoguelph.ca

If you have any questions, contact Martin Harry, SeCan, 519-657-6456.