Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Looking to Protect Honey Bees

By Jon Meyer

The Ministry of Agriculture is looking at two ways to protest honey bees from neonics.

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Ontario government scientists are looking for ways to protect honey bees from neonic pesticides.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture says it is looking to find a way to keep neonics from escaping in dust from the fields during application.

Another option would be to keep the neonics from escaping the seeds completely by coating those seeds with a sort of polymer.

Neonicotinoids are being blamed for the deaths of millions of bees.

A 450 million dollar class action lawsuit has been filed by two Ontario honey producers against two companies who produce neonic pesticides.


The Ontario Biomass Producers Co-operative and Switch Energy are holding a Biomass Field Day today.

It's taking place from 1 PM until 5:30 PM at the Switchgrass research plots in Clinton.

Officials say the event will highlight the growing relationship between the biomass and plastic industries.


The Normanby Plowing Match in Grey County is being held this weekend.

It's taking place in Ayton at Diemert Dale Acres and the family farms of Roy and Ron Diemert.

The International Plowing Match is being held in Ivy, southwest of Barrie, beginning September 16th.


It's also Fall Fair season -- and there are several taking pace this weekend.

The opening ceremonies for the Owen Sound Fall Fair is tonight.

There are also Fairs in Arthur, Chesley, Dundalk, Mildmay, the Beaver Valley and Petrolia this weekend.

The Paisley Fall Fair is being held on Sunday.

The Western Fair in London also begins today and continues until the 14th.



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