Yesterday it was announced that Ontario will begin phasing out the use of Neonicotinoid (neonics) in farm settings in the province. This decision in the first of its kind in North America and is part of Ontario’s plan to ban neonics.
Under the new law, which takes effect July 1:
- Starting in the 2016 season, farmers may only use neonic treated seeds on 50% of their corn and soybean fields.
- In order to plant more than 50%, farmers must prove to the government that they have a pest problem and take a pest-management course.
- In 2016, all farmers wanting to buy neonic-treated seeds will need to take the course and prove the existence of a pest problem.
- Starting in August, all seed sellers must apply for new licensing to sell neonic-treated seeds and collect documentation from farmers when selling the seeds in the future.
The province of Ontario hopes to reduce the use of Neonicotinoid laden crops by 80% in 2017.