Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is several years into what’s been dubbed a “transformation.” The PMRA reform process started nearly three years ago, leading up to the 2021 federal election, and this initial “transformation” was to focus on four area: transparency, increase the use of real-world data and independent advice, strengthen human health… Read More

Emergency use registration has been granted for an alternative insecticide — Carbine — to control lygus bugs in confection sunflowers fields in Manitoba. Carbine, which contains flonicamid as an active ingredient, will be registered for control of lygus bugs on confection sunflowers grown in the province from July 21, 2023 until July 20, 2024. Manitoba… Read More

The federal government is lifting its nearly two-year pause on reviews of pesticide maximum residue limits (MRLs), while also introducing a ban on cosmetic pesticide use on federal land. Ministers representing Health Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada shared the multi-pronged announcement on Tuesday as part of the government’s larger… Read More

The Canadian agriculture system is complex and integrated from start to finish. What does that mean? It means that grain systems might include forages, manure, or livestock, and fruit and vegetable systems might send byproducts to be fed to livestock to avoid expensive tipping fees and adding to landfills and waste. Even in the vegetable… Read More

The announcement in late November that Health Canada is moving forward with a label change for lamba-cy insecticide products, ie. Matador and Silencer, effective April 2023, immediately set off alarms across Western Canada regarding problems with flea beetle control in canola. Ontario agronomists and growers then began to ask if they too would have access… Read More

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency will house a new science advisory committee on pest control products. The Government of Canada has launched a call for nominations for the committee. Those who serve will be expected to “provide advice, as appropriate, prior to certain evidence-based federal decisions on pesticides, including on maximum residue limits.” In addition, the committee’s… 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

Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency has announced it is cancelling the registration of strychnine for the control of Richardson’s ground squirrels, commonly referred to as gophers. The PMRA says “an evaluation of available scientific information has not shown that risks to the environment are acceptable when strychnine is used according to the current conditions… Read More

Health Canada has proposed banning two of the most commonly used neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) used in Canadian agriculture in the next three to five years following a review of their impact on aquatic insect species. The proposal published on Wednesday would end outdoor agricultural and turf uses for clothianidin, and all outdoor agricultural and ornamental uses… Read More

The idea of spraying with drones has gained interest as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become more common in farming over the past few years. In concept, UAV sprayers could identify and target weeds, and then apply herbicide autonomously in specific areas of a field. The technology for spraying with a drone is available and… Read More

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently announced results of its re-evaluation of Mancozeb, a broad-spectrum fungicide for agriculture and horticulture crops. Perhaps curiously, the PMRA final decision allows for the continued use of Mancozeb for foliar use on potato crops, the largest acreage use of the fungicide currently. All other uses of Mancozeb are being cancelled… Read More

In a somewhat confusing twist in the on-going neonicotinoid saga, Health Canada announced yesterday the findings of its pollinator health risk assessment for imidacloprid, one of three neonicotinoid insecticides currently under re-evaluation in Canada. It’s confusing because the findings and subsequent recommendations of the Pest Management Regulatory’s risk assessment are essentially a moot point: an earlier… Read More

Canada’s regulator for crop protection products is facing a growing stack of re-evaluations for existing pesticide ingredients. There are several hundred active ingredients due for review by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) in the next decade. CropLife Canada — the organization that represents manufacturers of some of these products — has several concerns… Read More

The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) has tallied up the in-season bee death numbers for both 2014 and 2015 (planting only), and the numbers are nothing short of staggering. The PMRA recently reported to the federal bee health roundtable that during the planting period there was roughly a 70% decrease in the number of reported… Read More

 

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