New appointments to the province’s Ontario Pesticide Advisory Committee (OPAC) have got at least one farm group calling foul — yet again — on Ontario’s government. The committee’s purpose is to “annually reviews the content and operation of the Pesticides Act and its regulations and recommends changes or amendments” to the minister of environment and… Read More

The Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops (CRSC) took a “giant leap forward” today with an announced $1.077 million for the CRSC’s work to establish metrics on sustainable crop production. Gerry Ritz, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was on hand at the Canadian Global Crops Symposium in Saskatoon today to make the funding announcement. “Consumers… Read More

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… Read More

A proposal for a one-million-acre set-aside for pollinators in Ontario by 2018 sounds like something a government or activists would propose, and farmers would lose their minds over. What? A million acres in a province losing 350 acres of prime farmland a day to development? But now, this set-aside program, the gemstone in the new… Read More

Representatives from across Canada’s grain sector are in Ottawa today for the launch of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops. The group will serve as a forum for “advancing, reporting on and communicating the sustainability of Canadian grain production.” “Increasingly, our customers are factoring in environmental and social considerations when sourcing products,” said Chantelle Donahue,… Read More

Its the race against the calendar.  Ontario farmers are pushing to try and complete planting before they have to re-consider their heat unit selection.  From twitter I have been picking up that many of the farmers are planting close to around the clock which is very taxing on the mind and body but the reality… Read More