Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Agreement Oversight
The Canadian Plant Technology Agency is overseeing an online system launched by the Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Team to improve the Stewardship Agreement process for growers and retailers, which will help to ensure continued protection of the midge tolerance gene and ensure privacy and confidentiality at the same time.
The Midge Tolerant Wheat Stewardship Assurance Site is a secure, web-based tool for use by seed distributors, seed retailers, and seed growers that makes the process of documenting the movement of Certified midge tolerant wheat seed more efficient. It allows users to create electronically signed Stewardship Agreements and to post sales transactions.
The new Stewardship Agreements are considered “evergreen” contracts — they are signed digitally, and growers will only need to sign once, no matter where they buy their seed.
All midge tolerant wheat is sold to growers under an agreement in order to ensure proper stewardship of the technology, which limits the use of farm-saved seed to one generation past Certified seed. With MTWSAS, the stewardship principles do not change, but the process becomes a lot easier. This online agreement replaces the paper-based version and manual process that’s been used since the launch of midge tolerant wheat in 2009.
In order for distributors, retailers and seed growers to access the new system, they require a new Authorized Retailer number. This is obtained by successfully passing the updated Retailer Training located at midgetolerantwheat.ca and by signing a new Retailer Stewardship Agreement at MTWSA.ca.