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Request for appeal on seed treatment regulations heard

March 14, 2016, Guelph, Ont. – A panel of judges has reserved their decision on the Grain Farmers of Ontario’s request for appeal on the dismissal of the case surrounding the Ontario government’s seed treatment regulations.

"We appreciate that the court is taking the time to consider the significance of this issue," says Mark Brock, chair of Grain Farmers of Ontario, in a press release. "We are pleased with [the] outcome and look forward to the decision."

The case was heard by a panel of judges, comprised of Justice Laskin, Justice Cronk, and Justice Miller, on March 9. The panel reserved their decision at this time on whether the case, which includes a request for a stay on the regulations and interpretation of the regulations, will be heard.

Two hundred grain farmers filled the courthouse, showing support for the case and concern over the outcome. Farmers arrived from across Ontario on five buses, as well as by car and train.

Brock says further details would be shared as soon as they become available.