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Ontario extends mandatory training for corn and soybean farmers

Sept. 13, 2016 - The provincial government is extending the time that free mandatory training will be available to help farmers comply with recent rules aimed at protecting insect pollinators. Farmers must undergo training if they wish to purchase and use neonicotinoid-treated corn and/or soybean seeds.

The half-day course is available in English or French, online or in class in towns across Ontario and at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown campus. To register, call 866-225-9020, or visit www.IPMcertified.ca.

Ontario has taken action on pollinator health, working towards an 80 per cent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017.

The free training is available until April 30th, 2017.