Request for appeal on seed treatment regulations heard

GUELPH, ON (March 9, 2016) – A panel of judges has reserved their decision on the Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for appeal on the dismissal of the case surrounding the Ontario government’s seed treatment regulations.

“We appreciate that the court is taking the time to consider the significance of this issue,” says Mark Brock, Chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We are pleased with today’s outcome and look forward to the decision.”

The case was heard by a panel of judges, comprised of Justice Laskin, Justice Cronk, and Justice Miller. The panel reserved their decision at this time on whether the case, which includes a request for a stay on the regulations and interpretation of the regulations, will be heard.

Two hundred grain farmers filled the courthouse today, showing support for the case and concern over the outcome. Farmers arrived from across Ontario on five buses, as well as by car and train.

“We would like to sincerely thank our farmer-members for their demonstration of support — we are all well aware of the serious impact of these regulations,” says Brock. “We will share further details, as soon as they become available, with our membership.”

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.