On October 23rd 2015, The Ontario Superior Court denied Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for a stay interpretation on the seed treatment regulations passed into law July 1st, 2015.
The Grain Farmers of Ontario first brought the issue to court on September 28th, 2015. This was to delay the implementation of this law as the organization felt that it was too soon to proceed with these regulations. Sinc As the Neonicotinoid seed treatment regulations was passed on July 1st, 2015, there was a thought that this would make seed orders very difficult and rushed because of the new law. Here is Mark Brock, an Ontario Grain Farmers Director, commenting on the ruling.
“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. W are currently reviewing our legal options and will continue to protect the rights of Ontario’s grain farmers.”
With the obvious dismay of the ruling, we are happy to hear that GFO are not yet content with the response. “To be very clear, Grain Farmers of Ontario has not conceded on this matter,” Brock indicated. “We are evaluating several options and will move forward very quickly with the strong support of our 28,000 farmer-members.”
The issue still remains to be an important one, but not put on the back-burner just yet. The denial of the application on seed treatment regulations has made the the Grain Farmers of Ontario pursue further actions.
We will continue to keep you updated on everything related to this situation.