Throw out the provincial neonic regulations, says Grain Farmers of Ontario


The future of any neonicotinoid product being registered for use in Canada is very uncertain, as Health Canada is currently proposing a ban or near ban on all uses of clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and imidacloprid. That said, Ontario’s main farmer organization, Grain Farmers of Ontario, is calling for its province to scrap its provincial restrictios of neonics, and instead fall inline with what Health Canada decides.

It’s a calculated risk to be sure, but Barry Senft, CEO of Grain Farmers of Ontario, says that Ontario’s new government is focused on reducing red tape, and two sets of pesticide regulations is the very definition of excessive bureaucracy.

In the audio interview below, recorded at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show last week, RealAg Radio host Shaun Haney asks Senft where the Health Canada proposal is at, what the impact the neonic regs have had on Ontario farmers, and if he believes that farmers will maintain access to the insecticide seed treatments.


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