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Agricultural Chemical Emergency Response

Helping Minnesotans to prevent, handle and clean up pesticide and fertilizer spills

Banner - Emergency personnel responding to an ag chem spill 

NEW Revised Incident Response Plan sample! (PDF: 70 KB/ 16 pages)

To request state assistance or report an AGRICULTURAL CHEMICAL INCIDENT or a

Greater Minnesota only: 1-800-422-0798
Twin Cities metro or Outside MN: 651-649-5451

Minnesota Duty Officer Information



  • Tons of agricultural chemicals are safely stored, moved and used in Minnesota without incident.
  • Accidents may cause spills and trained MDA staff can connect you with emergency resources.
  • Report even small spills or leaks. Over time they may contaminate water or pollute streams, rivers and lakes.
  • See what others are saying about MDA response to spills in our customer service survey
    (PDF: 519 KB/ 26 pages)

Minnesota Duty Officer information

Agricultural Chemical Exposure First Aid Guidance (PDF: 119 KB/ 1 page)

Crisis Communications (PDF: 64 KB/ 1 page)

Anhydrous Ammonia in Propane Tanks Hazards and Response (PDF: 540 MB/ 2 pages)

Anhydrous Ammonia Spills- First Responders



    • The Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division (PFMD) Ag Chem Emergency Response unit can help you to prepare a thorough Incident Response Plan (IRP). An IRP can help you:
    • Prepare for safe use of pesticides and fertilizers.
    • Reduce risk, hazards and contamination.

    Incident Response Plan Sample (PDF: 70 MB/ 16 pages)

    Developing and Maintaining Your Incident Response Plan (PDF: 73 MB/ 2 pages)

    Incidents and Response Planning YouTube Video

    Pesticide Rinsate Management (PDF: 73 MB/ 2 pages)

    Free Download from Purdue Extension:
    Plan Today for Tomorrow's Flood


    The MDA assists with short and long-term site cleanup. See our guidance (PDF: 33 KB/ 2 pages) and learn about how to:

    • Secure a site to prevent further leaks or runoff.
    • Determine the extent of damage from a spill or leak.
    • Salvage a damaged product container.

    For information on large and long-term site clean up see the MDA Incident Response Unit.

    The MDA has funding through ACRRA and other programs.

    Emergency Cleanup Management Options (PDF: 1 MB/ 2 pages)





    Additional Emergency Response Resources

    MDA Contacts

    Ag Chemical Emergency Response: Pat Kelly
    Patrick.Kelly@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6387

    Anhydrous Ammonia:  Ed Kaiser
    Ed.Kaiser@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6274

    Fertilizer Storage: Greg Harding
    Greg.Harding@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6274

    Waste Pesticides: Stan Kaminski
    Stan.Kaminski@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6562

    Lucy Hunt
    Lucia.Hunt@state.mn.us ~ 651-201-6637