The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) is a grass-roots farm organization with 75 years experience with on-farm applied research. Its 4000 plus members are dedicated to ‘Facilitate responsible economic management of soil, water, air and crops through development and communication of innovative farming practices’. http://www.ontariosoilcrop.org
OSCIA works closely with extension staff of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and scientists to advance technology based on science. OSCIA has been following the developments and media articles on neonicotinoids for the last several years. Further, several members have been on-farm cooperators with studies to determine the effects that neonicotinoids may have on bees.
OSCIA supports the principles of best practices of reducing risks to pollinators, as outlined on the website of OMAF: http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/ pollinators.html?utm_source=shortlinks&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=bihl
OSCIA also is supportive of the measures proposed on the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA )website to improve the management of neonicotinoids for 2014:
- Requiring the use of safer dust-reducing seed flow lubricants;
- Requiring adherence to safer seed planting practices;
- Requiring new pesticide and seed package labels with enhanced warnings; and,
- Requiring updated value information be provided to support the continued need for neonicotinoid treatment on up to 100% of the corn seed and 50% of the soybean seed.
OSCIA supports the use of science-based monitoring and analysis for future decision making on the use of technology. OSCIA would be pleased to cooperate in 2014 as this research continues.