After several delays on voting, a majority of European Union member states voted in favour of added restrictions on outdoor neonicotinoid use on Friday. Restrictions on neonic use within the EU were first introduced in 2013. Similar to restrictions in Canada, imidacloprid, clothianidin, and thiamethoxam were first restricted for use on corn wheat, barley, oats, and… Read More

Stating a “weight of evidence” that neonicotinoid imidacloprid poses too high a risk to aquatic insects, Health Canada announced today a proposed three-year phase out of the insecticide. In Canada, imidacloprid is used in some cereal and potato seed treatments, as well as within the horticulture industry. Health Canada says it drew on data submitted… Read More

“It’s a true lesson for all of agriculture,” says Peter Johnson in this week’s special edition of Wheat Pete’s Word. “When we start throwing stones at each other, all we do is a disservice to the whole industry…” In this episode of Wheat Pete’s Word, host Peter Johnson catches us all up to speed on… Read More

The law firm of Siskinds LLP, based at London, Ont., has launched a class action regarding neonicotinoid pesticides, specifically those containing imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiomethoxam, designed, developed, marketed and produced by Bayer (as Bayer CropScience) and Syngenta. The action, set in motion by Sun Parlor and Munro Honey, seeks in excess of $400 million in… Read More

Ontario’s agriculture minister recently announced a move to increased rules and regulation regarding use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on corn and soybeans. As noted, there are no new set regulations on the product’s use at this time, however the government is set to begin a consultation process ahead of rolling out changes to the insecticide’s use…. Read More

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency released a notice of intent in September 2013 to change label requirements of neonictoinoid seed treatment products used on corn and soybean seed after it was determined that “…current agricultural practices related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed are not sustainable.” The notice of intent… Read More

Every canola farmer sort of holds their breath each spring as they watch their crop get through emergence to stand establishment. Once established, canola can bounce back from a lot but, until that time, it’s hugely vulnerable to early-season stressors, particularly insects like flea beetles and cutworms. Flea beetles have always been a problem. But… Read More

Welcome to this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio. On today’s show you’ll hear: Ted Bilyea of CAPI, to talk about an upcoming meeting on trade and climate change; Pierre Petelle, president and CEO of CropLife Canada, on Health Canada’s decision on two neonicotinoid group active ingredients; Meagan Murdoch of National Public Relations, on the political… Read More

On today’s  edition of RealAg Radio, you’ll hear a Beef Market Update with Anne Wasko of Gateway Livestock Exchange. You’ll also hear an issues panel featuring Lyndsey Smith, Kelvin Heppner, and Andrew Campbell. They’ll be talking about: Health Canada’s decision on two neonicotinoid active ingredients; Some comments on immigration and population growth; Farm show returns;… Read More

Health Canada has decided against completely banning outdoor use of two of the most common neonicotinoid active ingredients, but there will be new restrictions on their use as corn and soybean seed treatments. After proposing a ban in 2018, the department published the final decisions for its special reviews of clothianidin and thiamethoxam on Wednesday…. Read More

Between biotech and technology issues, monitoring regulatory work being done, and managing activist pressure, a lot of things happen in the background of the crop protection industry. CropLife Canada does much of that important work behind the scenes that isn’t necessarily thought about every day on the farm. Joining us for today’s RealAg LIVE is… Read More

Just how important is the European Union canola (rapeseed) market? According to LeftField Commodity Research, the region had more than doubled its year-over-year canola imports up to mid-March of this year, offsetting nearly half of the Canadian tonnage that would have been sold to China. That’s a significant increase, says Jonathan Driedger with LeftField, driven… Read More

Citing the need to review new research, Health Canada is delaying the final decision on outdoor uses of all three neonicotinoid insecticides, thiamethoxam, clothianidin, and imidacloprid. While neonics originally came under scrutiny for their apparent risk to honeybees and other pollinator species, Health Canada’s review findings, announced in early 2019, found only certain instances where… Read More

 

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