Country 105

Country 105

Agriculture Report

Grain Farmers Lose Court Battle

By Fadi Didi

Ontario court dismisses appeal of challenge of controversial pesticide rules.

Length: 1:12

Ontario's highest court has dismissed an appeal from grain farmers fighting controversial pesticide regulations intended to protect bees in the province.

The case pitted the Grain Farmers of Ontario against the province's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change over the issue of seeds treated with neonicotinoids _ a class of pesticide used to protect crops from harmful insects.

The Ontario government unveiled restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid insecticides last year -- a first in North America -- after beekeepers lost more than half their hives in 2013-14.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario argued the rules were unworkable, of little benefit and would impair the ability of farmers to protect their crops from damaging insects.

They took the case to Ontario's Court of Appeal after a lower court dismissed their application for a declaration interpreting the new rules, as well as their motion to stay the regulation until its application was ruled on.

The appeal court noted that granting the remedy the group sought ``would be tantamount to amending a regulation through interpretation, a remedy well outside the court's discretionary power.'


Dairy farmers in Essex County are coming together to help a family in the wake of a fire that killed half their cattle.

The fire in Tecumseh on Monday night claimed the lives of more than 100 cattle.

The family says it will need some time to decide how to rebuild what they've lost.


There are three new inductees for the Stratford Perth Museum Agriculture Wall of Fame.

David Carson of Listowel and John and Mary McIntosh of Avonbank are now in the hall.

Carson supplies cattle to some of the largest dairy operations in the world but is best-known as a Clydesdale horse breeder.

The McIntoshes have been very involved with farm groups for many years.


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