PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT
[Title slide]
Overview of Ontario Regulation 63/09 Under the Pesticides Act: New Requirements Related to Pollinator Health
Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

[Slide 2]
Pollinator Health Action Plan
A Pollinator Health Action Plan is being developed to address the four key stressors affecting pollinator health.
Objective:
To improve the state of health of pollinators in Ontario, and
To strengthen pollinator populations in order to promote a sustainable food supply, healthy ecosystems and strong economy.
Targets:
The plan will be a critical element to achieving the aspirational targets set for pollinator health:
to reduce the over-winter honey bee mortality rate to 15 per cent by 2020; and
to reduce the number of acres planted with NNI-treated corn and soybean seed by 80 per cent by 2017.

[Slide 3]
NNI Regulation (O. Reg. 63/09 Amendments)
New regulatory requirements are effective July 1, 2015 to help reduce the number of acres planted with NNI-treated corn and soybean seed.
Global scientific research indicates that widespread use of NNI's is contributing to acute bee deaths and a general decline in pollinator health through sub-lethal levels of exposure.
NNI-treated seeds are often widely used, without having evidence of pest problems.
Ontario grows approximately 2.5 million acres each of corn and soybean. Use of NNI-treated seed has reached close to 100 per cent for corn and 60 per cent for soybeans.
The new requirements set out rules for the sale (by seed vendors) and use (by growers) of NNI-treated corn and soybean seed which will be phased-in between 2015 and 2020.
Key areas include:
A new class of pesticides (Class 12) for corn and soybean seeds treated with 3 neonicotinoids (NNIs): imidacloprid, thiamethoxam and clothianidin
Use and sale of Class 12 pesticides
Methods for growers to assess if pest problems meet thresholds for use of Class 12 pesticides

[Slide 4]
O. Reg. 63/09 Amendments - Application
Class 12 pesticides rules do not apply to:
storage and transportation
scientific research
Corn
Rules apply to grain corn and do not apply to popping corn, sweet corn or corn used for the production of seed.
Soybean
Rules do not apply to soybeans grown under a seed production contract for producing seed crops of certified status (refer to Seeds Regulations made under the Seeds Act (Canada))
Every person needs to keep a copy of the seed production contract for a period of at least two years after the contract expires.

[Slide 5]
Corn and Soybean Growers: IPM
Integrated Pest Management training is one key regulatory component for growers.
Course is offered by the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus
August 31-2105 to August 30, 2016
Registration opens in September 2015
Course offered beginning in October
Available at various locations and online
Course is free
On or after August 31, 2016
A grower must complete the course to purchase Class 12 pesticides
Following successful completion of the course, a certification number will be given (valid for five years).
IPM-certified person may supervise up to 7 persons planting Class 12 pesticides

[Slide 6]
Corn and Soybean Growers: Key Timelines
2015
Growers choosing to purchase Class 12 pesticides for use on 50% or less of their corn and soybean acreage need to complete the Seed Amount Declaration after August 31, 2015.
Growers choosing to purchase Class 12 pesticides for use on more than 50% of their corn and soybean acreage need to provide an Inspection of Soil - Pest Assessment Report after August 31, 2015.
2016
Have successfully completed the training course on IPM for corn and soybeans to purchase and use Class 12 pesticides (required as of August 31, 2016).
Provide an IPM Written Declaration form stating that IPM principles have been considered to purchase Class 12 pesticides (required as of August 31, 2016).
Purchasing Class 12 pesticides - need to provide an Inspection of Soil OR Inspection of Crop Pest Assessment Report (latter to be completed by a professional pest advisor on or after March 1, 2016)
2017-2019
Same as 2016 requirements to purchase and use Class 12 pesticides with added requirement for a professional pest advisor to prepare an Inspection of Soil - Pest Assessment Report (phased in over three year period - for counties refer to Schedules 1, 2 & 3 of O. Reg. 63/09)

[Slide 7]
Corn and Soybean Growers: Use
Growers must keep records on use of Class 12 pesticides
For example, date of use, location of the farm property, a sketch of the farm property, amount used (in kg), unique name or other unique identifier of the Class 12 pesticide
Growers must keep records of the use of Class 12 pesticides and copies of pest assessment reports and other relevant documents for two years.
Existing federal use requirements remain in place and may be updated over time
Growers must follow the pesticide label and seed tag instructions for Class 12 pesticides which may include:
minimize dust emission
use a dust-reducing fluency agent if a seed flow lubricant is being used
avoid equipment maintenance in areas that may affect bee colonies or where bees are foraging.

[Slide 8]

Corn and Soybean Growers: Use (cont'd)

Growers planting Class 12 pesticides at their farm operations may supervise, at any one time, up to 7 persons.

Supervisor must carry or have readily available at the application site:
Identification card issued by University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus confirming successful completion of the IPM training course
Documentation required for the use of Class 12 pesticides in the areas set out in the pest assessment report

Supervisor must:
Select the pesticide, the application area or the application rate of the pesticide
Prepare a record of each Class 12 application
Provide the supervised person with written instructions for the proper use of the Class 12 pesticide and ensure that the instructions are readily available at the application site
Be present at the application site or available for immediate response to attend at the application site to respond to an emergency situation within a reasonable time period
Keep records of use and copies of written instructions and pest assessment reports or other required documents for two years

[Slide 9]
Professional Pest Advisors (PPA)
Three designations have been identified as meeting the qualifications to provide the services of a PPA:
A person certified as a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) by the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Association
A person registered as a member under the Ontario Institute of Professional Agrologists Act, 2013, if the person's field of practice relates to the production, processing and protection of agricultural, horticultural and related products and supplies; or pest control
A person who holds an authorizing certificate issued by an out-of province regulatory authority if the person's field of practice related to the production, processing and protection of agricultural, horticultural and related products and supplies; or pest control.
Individuals may also apply to the MOECC for approval of equivalent qualifications.

[Slide 10]
Professional Pest Advisors (PPA) cont'd

A professional pest advisor that is supervising an inspection of soil pest assessment:
must be present at the farm property
may not supervise more than seven persons
must ensure the supervised person is properly trained
A supervised person may not be the owner/operator of the agricultural operation that is the subject of the inspection of soil pest assessment.
As of August 31, 2017, a professional pest advisor cannot derive a financial benefit from a person who manufactures or sells a Class 12 pesticide or a pesticide that is used to treat a seed so that it becomes a Class 12 pesticide.
Two Pest Assessment Methods
Soil pest scouting assessment:
confirms the presence of grubs and wireworms above thresholds
may be completed by a farmer in 2015, completed by an IPM trained person after 2016 planting season
starting in 2017, to be completed by a professional pest advisor, every three years
Crop damage assessment:
A crop damage assessment that confirms damage from seedcorn maggot, corn rootworm in corn, grubs and wireworms above thresholds
Always completed by a professional pest advisor

[Slide 11]
Sales: Treated Seed Vendors
If you are in the business of selling NNI-treated corn or soybean seeds, there are specific rules to follow:
when advertising, indicate whether corn and soybean seeds advertised for sale are treated with 3 NNIs: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or clothianidin.
when advertising, indicate that corn and soybean seeds not treated with imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or clothianidin are available for sale.
submit annually to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) a list of all Class 12 pesticides that you intend to offer for sale.
provide annual sales report for sales of Class 12 pesticides and non-NNI treated corn and soybean seeds to the MOECC
provide pest assessment reports provided to you to the Minister, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs annually.

[Slide 12]
Sales: Direct-to-Farm Vendors
A Direct-to-Farm Vendor is a person
who is not a licensed vendor
whose name is on a list provided to the Director by the Treated Seed Vendor from whom the Direct-to-Farm Vendor purchases Class 12 pesticides
who only sells Class 12 pesticides to IPM-trained persons who will use the pesticide - i.e. purchasers cannot be a vendor - though a Direct-to-Farm Vendor is allowed to "sell back" to the original vendor
A Direct-to-Farm Vendor does not need a vendor's licence if the Direct-to-Farm Vendor buys Class 12 pesticides from a Treated Seed Vendor, collects the certain sales information (see slide 8 and 9) and provides that information to the Treated Seed Vendor from whom the Direct-to-Farm Vendor purchased Class 12 pesticides.
A Direct-to-Farm Vendor must prepare sales records and keep records for 2 years.

[Slide 13]
Sales: Sales Representatives for Licensed Vendors

A treated seed sales representative of a Treated Seed vendor has direct contact with purchasers of Class 12 pesticides, and facilitates the sale or transfer of Class 12 pesticides on behalf of Treated Seed vendor. Sales representatives must:
Carry company identification provided by a Treated Seed Vendor
Receive training from the Treated Seed vendor
Verify that purchasers of Class 12 pesticides have provided required documentation when orders are placed and provide copies of the documentation to the Treated Seed Vendor.
Keep records of sales and copies of required documentation for at least 2 years

[Slide 14]
Custom Seed Treating Services
Custom seed treaters are not vendors(i.e., do not sell or transfer Class 12 pesticides) but provide a service of treating corn and soybean seed with a pesticide that contains imidacloprid, clothianidan or thiamethoxam (i.e. producing Class 12 pesticides).
Growers requesting seed treating services must provide the required documentation to a custom seed treater who must provide written confirmation that all documents were received.
Custom seed treaters must keep records of seed treating services and copies of required documentation for at least 4 years.
No later than October 31, 2016, and each subsequent year, custom seed treaters must submit:
Annual summary of seed treatment services provided for the previous 12-month period (August 30 to August 31 of that year) to the MOECC Director.
Copies of pest assessment reports provided to them for the previous 12-month period (August 30 to August 31 of that year) to OMAFRA (Minister).

[Slide 15]
Additional Resources for Growers
You can find additional information:
Fact sheets available at ontario.ca: What farmers need to know

Forms available at ontario.ca
Seed Amount Declaration - 2016 Planting Season
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Written Declaration
Inspection of Soil - Pest Assessment Report
Inspection of a Crop - Pest Assessment Report
Application for a Vendor Licence for Pesticides Sales
List of Class 12 Pesticides Submission
Sales and Transfer Report Form - Treated Seed Vendor
Custom Seed Treater - Record of Seed Treating Service

List of Class 12 pesticides

[Slide 16]
More Information for Growers
For more information www.ontario.ca/pollinators
Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change
Tel: 416-325-4000 • TTY: 1-800-565-4923
E-mail: picemail.moe@ontario.ca
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Tel: 1-877-424-1300 • TTY 1-855-696-2811
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

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