Seed of the Year Finalists for 2012 Announced

Winner to be announced at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

(GUELPH, ON) – Four seed varieties have been named finalists in the eighth annual Seed of the Year competition for eastern Canada, sponsored by the University of Guelph and SeCan.

Dividend VL Orchard Grass, Ex Rico 23 Navy Beans, OAC Bayfield and DH 410 are the 2012 finalists.

These varieties along with their breeders will be honoured at the eastern Canada Seed of the Year recognition event at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in November. The winner will be announced at that time.

The event will be open to industry professionals, plant breeders, media and farming community members.

Through the Seed of the Year application process, breeders are encouraged to highlight their research accomplishments in developing a new field crop, forage, fruit, vegetable or herb variety. Any publicly developed Canadian variety is eligible to compete.

Entries were evaluated based on innovation, presence throughout the value chain, sustainability, marketability and overall impact on the Canadian agri-food industry.

The Seed of the Year competition has been designed by the University if Guelph and SeCan with additional support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

For more information contact:

Candice Van Laecke, Student Coordinator: 519-983-2340 or seed@uoguelph.ca
Martin Harry, SeCan: 519-657-6456