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Pesticide and Fertilizer - Health & Safety FAQs


These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are resources for persons concerned about pesticide and fertilizer health and safety and the regulatory and information roles of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The FAQs detail what normal pesticide and fertilizer use consists of, when and where to anticipate the application of these products and what to expect. Throughout the responses, references are made to Minnesota Statutes and Rules. In addition information is given to help citizens determine possible next steps if improper use is alleged. A synopsis of our misuse investigation process is given for the benefit of the citizens who deem it necessary to file a complaint.

  1. What are pesticides and are they safe? 
  2. What is pesticide exposure and what are the symptoms? 
  3. What about odors? 
  4. Are my garden vegetables safe to eat? 
  5. How do I know what pesticides are applied? Where? and When? 
  6. What about low-flying aircraft? 
  7. What are legal pesticide applications? 
  8. What should I do about damage from pesticides along my property line? 
  9. What if the MDA can't help me - other regulatory authorities? 
  10. How long does it take for the MDA to investigate and take enforcement action or close an investigation? 
  11. When is it too windy to spray?
  12. What are MDA's role and responsibilities? 
  13. What can I do when fertilizer/pesticide is spread beyond the grass?