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Agriculture Report

Mixed Views for Neonics Policy

By Fadi Didi

Ontario wants to reduce neonicotinoid use by 80 per cent in just two years.

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Some are calling it a good first step.

Other farmers are upset at the new regulations for neonicotinoids, which are considered toxic to bees.

Close to 100 per cent of Ontario's corn seeds and about 60 per cent of soybean seeds are treated with neonicotinoids -- figures the province wants to reduce by 80 per cent in just two years.

For the 2016 planting season, farmers will be able to use the pesticide-treated seeds on up to 50 per cent of their corn and soybean crops -- but they must prove they have a pest problem before using any additional neonics.

Starting in the 2017 planting season, farmers must complete a pest assessment report to prove they need the neonicotinoids before any use will be allowed.


Cericola Farms in Ontario says its food products are of the highest quality.

The company is alleged to have falsely labelled conventional chicken products as certified organic and antibiotic-free, in order to fill shipments for large grocery chains.

A former employee makes the allegations in court documents as she is suing for wrongful dismissal.

Cericola Farms says the allegations are frivolous and it will defend itself in court.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is also investigating.


Agriculture Canada is in the final year of a study examining cutworms -- and one of the results is a new identification kit.

That's important because even though there are 500 different cutworm species, only five cause serious damage to canola.

Doctor Kevin Floate says some species of cutworms feed below ground and some feed above ground.

He says that means farmers need to have the right insecticide to deal with the right cutworm.




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