Section 24(c) of the federal pesticide law, the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), provides for registration of a pesticide product as a Special Local Need (SLN).
Special local need means an existing or imminent pest problem within a State for which the State lead agency, based upon satisfactory supporting information, has determined that an appropriate federally registered pesticide product is not sufficiently available.
Under the authority of § 24(c) of FIFRA, states may register a new end use product for any use, or an additional use of a federally registered pesticide product, if the following conditions exist:
A request for a section 24(c) SLN registration comes from a pesticide manufacturer to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). Commodity groups, Extension personnel, and others can inform the manufacturer of the need, but the request should come from the manufacturer.
The following is a listing of the required information that must be included in a SLN registration application:
The MDA reviews the SLN application to verify that a special local need exists and that the application is complete. After issuing a SLN registration, the MDA is then required by federal regulations to notify the EPA. EPA has 90 days from the effective date to disapprove the SLN registration (the SLN registration is valid during the 90 day EPA review period).
In Minnesota, SLN registrations are not given an expiration date but generally are valid until either the manufacturer, the MDA or the EPA cancels the registration.
Section 24(c) SLN labels are valid only in the state of issue. A person must have the Minnesota label when using a pesticide pursuant to a section 24(c) SLN registration.
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division