Free training surrounding the use of neonicitinoids is on offer from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
The courses farmers will need are on offer online or at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown college.
Next year farmers will need to prove their fields are under insect threat before they will be allowed to plant corn or soybean seeds treated with neonicitinoids.
The government says “training and helping farmers to recognize and determine the field presence of insect pests is part of the Pollinator Health Action Plan to be released soon.”
The plan “is part of the province’s larger strategy to reduce neonicotinoid use and improve pollinator health,” says OMAFRA.
The plan aims to reduce neonicitinoid seed-treated acreage by 80 per cent by 2017.
To register for the half-day course at Ridgetown college, call 1-866-225-9020, or go online at www.IPMcertified.ca .