Farmers show commitment to CleanFARMS by removing 124,516 kgs of obsolete pesticides from Saskatchewan



    Farmers and industry working together for our environment, our health and
    our farms

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - Farmers in Saskatchewan brought in 124,516 kgs
of unwanted and obsolete pesticides for safe disposal to 45 designated
ag-retail collection sites during the obsolete pesticide collection campaign
held from October 23-25th, 2007. The collection program is part of CropLife
Canada's commitment to environmental responsibility and CropLife Canada's
stewardshipfirst(TM) program, which promotes safe and responsible use of crop
protection products from development through to disposal.
    "This program provided a safe, effective and cost-free way for farmers to
properly dispose of obsolete products," said Lorne Hepworth, President,
CropLife Canada. "Together with farmers, government, stakeholders and
industry, we have continued to demonstrate our industry's commitment to the
environment and the safety of our communities."
    "This is an excellent program from a rural, environmental and health
standpoint," Saskatchewan Agri-Environmental Advisory Council chairperson and
Naicam-area farmer Germain Dauk said. "It shows that farmers, retailers and
manufacturers are very responsible regarding the environment and health."
    The Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign is an industry-led stewardship
program aimed at collecting and safely disposing of obsolete agricultural
pesticides. CropLife Canada partnered with the Agriculture Council of
Saskatchewan Inc. through the Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food
Saskatchewan (ACAAFS) Program provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
The program was also supported by Saskatchewan Ag Retailers, Saskatchewan
Agriculture and Food, Saskatchewan Environment and the Canadian Association of
Agri-Retailers. The last obsolete pesticide collection in Saskatchewan, which
occurred from 1999-2001, collected 160,410 kgs of obsolete product.
    "Stewardship has and will always be our number one priority. These types
of programs build upon our industry's commitment to environment and public
health," says Hepworth. "Thanks to their efforts and support from government,
industry, ag-retailers and farmers, we have ensured the proper management of
our crop protection products."

    CropLife Canada is a non-profit trade association representing the
manufacturers, developers and distributors of plant science innovations - pest
control products and plant biotechnology - for use in agriculture, urban and
public health settings. Its members are committed to sustainable agricultural
practices that deliver benefits and solutions to consumers, growers and the
environment in which we all live. The Obsolete Pesticide Collection Campaign
is an important part of CropLife Canada's Stewardshipfirst(TM) programs that
support the responsible use of crop protection and plant biotechnology
products throughout their entire lifecycle. To date, more than 1.2 million kgs
of obsolete pesticides have been collected throughout Canada, highlighting the
need and tremendous support of this important initiative.





For further information:

For further information: Kristina Fixter, Director, Communications &
Member Services, P: (416) 622-9771, E: fixterk@croplife.ca

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