Source: Brittney Matejka, Global News, October 24, 2019 

Over a thousand farmers from across Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba had a chance to share their thoughts on a proposed seed royalty system for Canada and most disagreed with the proposed options.

Farmers currently have the ability to save seed from harvest to plant in the spring for some crops without any regulation but a saved seed royalty would change that.

The new seed royalty system would see farmers pay a fee every time they used farm-saved seed for wheat, barley, oats, flax and pulse crops.

Todd Lewis with the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS) explained they launched the eight-question survey in July and have found most farmers aren’t in favour of the proposed changes.

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