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Grain farmers press for delay on insecticide ban in Ontario

July 8, 2014 - A group representing Ontario grain farmers says the provincial government's plan to restrict the use of an insecticide blamed for a growing number of bee deaths will hurt them financially, and could lead to increased spraying of pesticides that are more damaging to the environment and humans.

The Grain Farmers of Ontario says the proposal to require commercial growers to apply for permits to use neonicotinoid pesticides should be put on hold until the completion of various research projects, including a three-year field test of new planting methods adopted last spring.

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