Notification process launched for deregistered wheats

The removal of KVD as a registration requirement for Prairie wheats has led to a new protocol for informing farmers and the industry when a wheat variety is deregistered.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canadian Grain Commission on Friday announced plans to adopt a new communications protocol that’s meant to inform wheat growers and the industry on upcoming changes to the registration status of wheat varieties — and to provide three years’ head start to purge a deregistered variety from the system.

Following removal of KVD on Aug. 1 last year, the grain industry put a voluntary declaration system in place that’s expected to maintain the integrity of the Canadian wheat quality assurance system.

The CGC and CFIA later agreed it would be beneficial to “widely communicate” any plans to deregister wheat varieties, so as to give farmers sufficient advance warning.

Under the new protocol, when a deregistration request is received for a wheat variety, a minimum three-year phase-out period begins, the CFIA and CGC said in a release Friday. “The phase-out period allows sufficient time to clear the entire system of all seed and grain of that variety,” the two agencies said.

Deregistration notices for wheats will be released on Aug. 1 of each year, they said.

“Communicating quickly when wheat varieties are proposed for deregistration will help prevent financial losses for farmers who plant wheat varieties that will no longer be eligible for milling grades and top payment,” CGC chief commissioner Elwin Hermanson said in the release.

Wheat growers looking for more information can go online to view the CGC’s variety designation lists or the CFIA’s lists of varieties registered in Canada.

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