It is a pleasure to join you today for this important occasion. Today’s announcement is historic as we update the Plant Breeders Rights Act, placing Canada on a level playing field with our international competitors under UPOV’91. This will help position Canadian farmers and plant breeders as innovators globally, while also helping to attract investment in international research, to take place here at home.
Like most farmers, I grow many crops. My farm has benefited from advancements in canola in particular and also the ability to add soybeans into the mix. Advancements in breeding have made a significant difference on my farm in terms of yield and crop diversity. For these new crop varieties, breeders have been able to use a variety of measures to foster and protect their breeding investment.