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Pesticide Best Management Practices


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is responsible for the development, promotion and evaluation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for pesticide use.

Information on MDA's current or proposed pesticide BMPs is given below.

NEW! March 3, 2014: Draft BMPs to reduce drift and volatilization of potato fungicides are available for review. The public comment period is open through May 2, 2014.

NEW! March 3, 2014: Draft BMPs for all agricultural insecticides and specific for chlorpyrifos are available for review. The public comment period is open through May 2, 2014.


BMP factsheet thumbnail exampleBest Management Practices (BMPs)
The MDA has adopted BMPs to address agricultural chemical use and environmental protection. The BMPs include mandatory label requirements and a series of optional voluntary practices. Together, these practices reduce contamination of water resources, mitigate off-target impacts and guide chemical use while considering the specific needs of farming operations.

Herbicide BMPs: BMPs for all agricultural herbicides and for the specific herbicides acetochlor, alachlor, atrazine, metolachlor and metribuzin are available. Educational posters are also available.

Insecticide BMPs: Draft BMPs for all insecticides and specific insecticide chlorpyrifos are available for review. The public comment period is open through May 2, 2014.

Potato Fungicide BMPs: Draft BMPs to reduce drift and volatilization of potato fungicides are available for review. The public comment period is open through May 2, 2014.


Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Pesticide Management and Handling

These BMPs outline responsible and effective procedures for pesticide use and handling that can help protect our environment, our water supplies - and ourselves.

MDA Contact

Gregg Regimbal, Unit Supervisor
Pesticide Management Unit
Gregg.Regimbal@state.mn.us
651-201-6671
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division