Tag: CropLife Canada

Ted Menzies Steps Down from CropLife Canada

CropLife Canada has started looking for a new president and CEO, as Ted Menzies has stepped down due to a “serious health problem.” Menzies, a long-time Alberta farmer and former Member of Parliament, has led the plant science industry organization since January 2014. The health issue was identified in late December. “Ted contributed a great… Read more »

Uncertainty Surrounding EU Glyphosate Decision on Both Sides of the Atlantic

Update — June 6, 2016 — After failing twice to approve a new license for glyphosate, EU member states did not support a limited 12-18 month extension of the herbicide’s current license on Monday. The inability of European Union member countries to come to an agreement over glyphosate could have implications for agriculture on this… Read more »

FarmTech ’16: “Science Tells Us…” Doesn’t Cut It — Ted Menzies

Farmers and the agriculture industry as a whole need to explain why they use the technology and practices they do, stresses the CEO of CropLife Canada. As a voice for makers and distributors of plant protection and biotechnology products, Ted Menzies, the CEO of CropLife Canada, is no stranger to conversations about why agriculture needs… Read more »

Health Canada Plans to Drop Conditional Pesticide Registrations

Health Canada has issued notice it intends to stop granting new conditional registrations for pesticides as of June 1st, 2016. “The Government of Canada is committed to making regulatory decisions that are open and transparent, which is why we have decided to discontinue the use of conditional registrations,” said Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, earlier this… Read more »

2,4-D Deemed a “Possible” Carcinogen, But Without Clear Evidence

The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer has moved to categorize 2,4-D as a “possible” carcinogen, while simultaneously stating clearly it doesn’t have sufficient evidence to say the commonly used herbicide causes cancer in humans. The decision is drawing criticism from companies that sell products containing 2,4-D and agricultural groups, as the risk… Read more »

Popular Fungicides Under Scrutiny, Possible Ban in the EU — What Does This Mean for Canada?

Several incredibly important and effective crop fungicides, including those that suppress fusarium in cereals, could be banned from use in the European Union soon. While this is an immediate concern for European farmers who could lose access to certain insecticide and fungicide classes, the ramifications for Canada could translate to over a billion dollars in… Read more »

New Seed Treating Standards: What Do They Mean for Treating Seed On-Farm?

New standards for storing and applying seed treatments are set to take effect across Canada in 2017. The new audit-based accreditation system was developed by CropLife Canada and its members “to provide uniform environmental, health and safety practices” at facilities where seed treatments are applied. If a business does not go through the accreditation process,… Read more »