Pesticides are one of many tools available to us for effective protection of crops from weeds, insects and diseases. Pesticides require special care and handling. The following practices outline safe, responsible and effective procedures for pesticide use and handling that can help protect our environment, our water supplies - and ourselves.
In addition to legal requirements, consider the following voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) when making pesticide application and handling decisions.
For recommendations on protecting applicators, mixers and loaders from exposure to pesticides, consult the University of Minnesota Extension's Private Pesticide Applicator’s Training Manual, 2004, 18.3 ed.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture • University of Minnesota Extension • USDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceWorking cooperatively to balance pest management and water quality protection. October 2008
Steve PoncinSteve.Poncin@state.mn.us651-201-6136Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division