By Manny Paiva
PMRA wants neonicotinoid comments by Thursday, deadline for young farmer nominations is Friday.
Time is running out for comments about neonicotinoid seed treatments.
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency wants to hear from the public by Thursday.
The P-M-R-A is considering a possible ban on the use of those treatments since the pesticides are suspected of killing honey bees.
Nominations are still open for the 2014 Ontario's Outstanding Young Farmers' Program.
Programming Coordinator Karen Daynard says it is often a struggle for young farmers to start their farms and this program recognizes their exemplary work.
She says a lot of thing are considered during the judging process.
Criteria include Environmental and safety practices, history of crop and livestock production and the progress they've made in their career.
Other factors are financial and management practices and contributions they've made to their community.
Nominees may be individuals, partners or couples who make a minimum of two thirds of their gross revenue from farming.
They also must be under the age of 40 as of January 1st 2014.
Nominees will be asked to fill out application form after the nomination deadline, of December 15th.
Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Ontario Outstanding Young Farmers' website www.oyfontario.ca.
The winner will be selected at the Ontario regional event being held in Guelph from March 24th - 26th 2014.
They will then represent Ontario at the National Awards Program to be held in Quebec City next November.