“Any restriction of neonicotinoid seed treatments would, in fact, increase the need for foliar spraying.”

February 17, 2014

Editor’s Note:  The following presentation was from a hearing held by the Canadian Senate on a “Study on the importance of bees and bee health in the production of honey, food and seed in Canada.”  Information about the hearing is here.  The complete presentation by the Grain Growers of Canada is attached here.

From: Presentation to the Canadian Senate on Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry

Comments for Senate’s Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry regarding the importance of bees and bee health in the production of honey, food and seed in Canada.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

By D’Arcy Hilgartner, Grain Growers of Canada Director

Good morning Mr. Chairman and Committee members. Thank you for inviting Grain Growers to discuss the importance of bee health.

My name is D’Arcy Hilgartner, I am a Grain Growers of Canada Director.

Grain Growers of Canada provides a national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 14 provincial and regional grower groups. We represent wheat, durum, barley, canola, oats, corn, soybeans, peas, beans, lentils, rye, and triticale farmers from across Canada.

Along with my brother, our families and my parents, we farm 7500 acres on a second generation farm near Camrose, Alberta. We grow canola, wheat, peas, barley and flax.

As a farmer, I also have a background in science and use the latest agronomic tools and practices to better my farm operation.

Canadian agriculture success is rooted in environmentally sustainable farm practices using a modern agriculture toolbox. We rely on sound science principles found within Canada’s renowned safe regulatory system.

 See Complete Presentation

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