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S15-005 Defra position on methiocarb treated oilseed rape seed 16 Jul 2015

Members may recall that in August 2014 Defra Ministers expressed a desire to see methiocarb (Mesurol) treated oilseed rape seed removed from the market. This followed a refusal by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides to grant an emergency use application for the application of methiocarb seed treatment to OSR in the UK over concern about negative impact on small birds.

S15-004 European Patent Office decision on “essentially biological breeding processes" 01 Apr 2015

The attached Press Release from ESA (European Seed Association) follows a decision made by the European Patent Office’s Board of Appeal, that products derived essentially biological processes are patentable.

S15-003 New Contractor for Official Seals 05 Feb 2015

Defra has entered into a new contract for Official Seed Certification Seals as of 1 st February 2015.

S15-002 ESA - Speaking up for Seeds at the European Parliament 23 Jan 2015

Brussels, 22 January 2015 -- During a lunch event hosted by Mrs. Marit Paulsen, MEP, ESA - European Seed Association officially presented its ‘Speak up for Seeds’ Vision to Members of Parliament and the Commission.

S15-001 Seed Industry Dinner - Wednesday 2nd December 2015 22 Jan 2015

The venue for the Seed Industry Dinner, which this year will be held on Wednesday 2 nd December, is now confirmed as the Royal York Hotel, Station Road in York.

S14-017 EU abandons attempts at seed legislation review 23 Dec 2014

As the first seed briefing of 2014 talked about an uncertain future for the Commission’s attempts to review the existing seed marketing legislation, so the final briefing of the year confirms its demise as the Commission last week pulled the plug on attempts to resurrect what has been, for the past few months, a bit of a lame duck.

S14-016 AIC application to join EU Neonicotinoid Court Cases is Granted 29 Oct 2014

After several months of waiting, AIC has today heard that its application to join, as intervener, cases before the EU General Court taken by Syngenta and Bayer have been accepted.

S14-015 Launch of ‘European Seed’ Magazine 29 Oct 2014

Earlier this month a new magazine aimed at the European Seed Sector was launched.  Produced by the company responsible for Seed World, ‘European Seed’ is being made available to the EU seed sector.

S14-014 Seed Industry Dinner – 3rd December 2014 30 Sep 2014

Following notification earlier in the year of the enforced change of venue, we can now confirm the 2014 Seed Industry Dinner will be held at the De Vere Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich on Wednesday 3 rd December.

S14-013 AIC Survey of Winter OSR establishment 20 Aug 2014

With the Commission required to begin their review of the current moratorium on clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid in 2015, AIC has asked agronomists within member companies to complete a form which records establishment details of the autumn 2014 sown crop alongside any applications of pyrethroids .