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Ontario Court Strikes Down Seed Treatment Challenge

The Ontario Superior Court has denied Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for a stay and interpretation on the seed treatment regulations passed into law July 1, 2015._x000D_
“We are extremely disappointed that the judge did not rule in our favour, leaving the grain industry in a very difficult situation as farmers try to arrange seed orders this fall,” says Mark Brock, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario._x000D_
The legislation puts restrictions on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments in Ontario._x000D_
GFO is appealing the court’s decision._x000D_
“We believe there are proper grounds for these steps,” says Brock. “Our priority is to protect the rights of our farmer-members and this matter requires us to continue legal action.”_x000D_
Grain Farmers of Ontario hopes the process will move expeditiously and that decisions will be available ahead of planting season.