Court date set for seed treatment regulations

GUELPH, ON (August 18, 2015) – A court date of September 28th, 2015 has been set to hear Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for a stay of the seed treatment regulations brought into law July 1, 2015.

“Our organization firmly believes these regulations are not workable and we are highly concerned about how they will negatively impact the future of grain farming in this province,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We look forward to September 28th and hope to hear a ruling on our request for a stay shortly after.”

If a stay is granted, the regulations will be subject to further review.

While Grain Farmers of Ontario is hoping for a positive result from this court action, farmer-members are reminded that the regulations are law and farmers need to educate themselves on compliance. Information sessions are being hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and questions around the regulations should be brought forward to that ministry or to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Up-to-date information on the issues of pollinator health and neonicotinoids is always available at www.gfo.ca/ProtectingPollinators

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

Contact:

Mark Brock, Chair – 519-274-3297; cropper01@hotmail.com

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.