GFO Appealing Court Decision on Seed Treatment Regulations

Grain Farmers of Ontario has decided to appeal the Ontario Superior Court decision denying its request for a stay of the province’s new seed treatment regulations, which limit the use of neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed.

GFO submitted a motion to the Ontario Divisional Court on November 3 to have the request reviewed. The organization is also planning to submit an appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal regarding the dismissal of its main request, which includes the interpretation of the regulation.

“We believe there are proper grounds for these steps,” said GFO chair Mark Brock in a news release. “Our priority is to protect the rights of our farmer-members and this matter requires us to continue legal action.”

GFO says it hopes the court decisions will be made prior to the 2016 planting season.

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