By Ray Baynton
Published: Blackburnnews.com, December 11, 2013

Ontario farmers are being asked to take part in an online survey of their pesticide use.

The survey is being done by Farm and Food Care Ontario for OMAFRA.

It’s been done every five years since 1973.

The results are used to track trends in pesticide use.

Government, commodity boards and researchers use the data to help improve minor use pesticide registration lists, work toward safer use of pesticides and to understand trends in use and the types of pesticides used.

This year’s survey will also include questions about the use of seed treatments.

The survey is anonymous – the only identifying information collected will be the county of the farmer responding to help determine pesticide usage in different parts of the province.

The survey is online at www.ontariopesticidesurvey.ca.

Farm & Food Care will also accept mail-in, fax or email returns of the survey.

Farmers have until February 15th to submit their data for the survey.

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