Help Wanted: An Ag Minister That Actually Works With and For Farmers

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It would seem the more work and effort Ontario farmers put in to reducing neonicotinoid use and improving bee health, the less the provincial government and farmers’ own ministry wants to do with them. The Grain Farmers of Ontario recently released its pollinator health blueprint. It’s a practical, well thought-out and realistic plan, with set dates for goals (ahem, not an “aspirational” one to be seen, I’ll add) and a combined commitment to decreased pesticide use in conjunction with a significant ask of preserving bee habitat, a point missing in OMAFRA’s proposed regulations. It also includes an all-important education component…

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