Publication of the revised Responsible Grain Code of Practice is being pushed back and a second round of consultations is being scheduled.
The first round of consultations closes Feb. 28.
“We’ve had a lot of feedback from the sessions that we’ve had,” said Susie Miller, executive director of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Crops.
Some of that reaction is still pouring in as participants continue to complete surveys.
The original goal was to review the feedback, make any necessary changes to the code and publish the document before seeding time.
That is no longer a realistic timeline.
“Given the amount of feedback and the fact that a number of issues have been identified, it is very likely there will be revisions to the code,” said Miller.
“It’s unlikely we will have any revision ready for review until after harvest.”
Participants have asked to see the revisions before publication of the code. There will be a second round of consultations after harvest to allow interested parties to review the revisions and have their final say in the development of the code.
Miller said the code development committee is still debating the exact timelines for when the second round of consultations will occur and when the final code will be published.