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Successful day for bees and agriculture

GUELPH, ON (September 2, 2014) – Grain Farmers of Ontario would like to congratulate the organizers of the Day for Bees and Agriculture on a successful event last week at Osprey Bluffs Honey Company in Grey Highlands, Ontario.

Beekeepers, farmers, and industry members attended to listen to presentations, network, and discuss the common issue of pollinator health.

“The Day for Bees and Agriculture was an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to come together to share their views and concerns,” says Henry Van Ankum, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We commend the Independent Commercial Beekeepers Organization on the initiative to facilitate open dialogue among all stakeholders and we look forward to continue to work cooperatively in the future.”

The day featured speakers from a number of organizations including the Osprey Bluffs Honey Company, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs, Bayer CropScience, CropLife Canada, Syngenta, Canadian Seed Trade Association, and Alternative Land Use Services. The event was hosted by Grey Agricultural Services, Georgian Soil and Crop Improvement Association, and the Independent Commercial Beekeepers Organization.

“We were glad to be part of this day and to share information and ideas about honey bee health with our colleagues in Agriculture, says Hugh Simpson, Founding Member of the Independent Commercial Beekeepers Organization. Commercial beekeepers have much in common with farmers and we are committed to good communication, collaboration, and cooperation as keys for us to move forward together." 

Over 100 people attended the event. Grain Farmers of Ontario hopes this event sets the stage for many more opportunities for open communication among those involved in this important issue. 

Grain Farmers of Ontario

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 corn, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $2.5 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $9 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 40,000 jobs in the province.

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Henry Van Ankum, Chair - 519-835-4200; henryvanankum@sympatico.ca

Meghan Burke, Communications – 519 767-2773; mburke@gfo.ca

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