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FIFRA Section 24(c), Special Local Need

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:

  1. There is a special local need for the use within the State.
  2. The use is covered by necessary tolerances (maximum amount of pesticide residue allowed in or on a food or feed commodity), exemptions or other clearances under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act if the use is a food or feed use.
  3. Registration for the same use has not previously been denied, disapproved, suspended or cancelled by the U.S. EPA, or voluntarily cancelled by the registrant subsequent to issuance by U.S. EPA of a notice of intent to cancel that registration because of health or environmental concerns about an ingredient contained in the pesticide product, unless such denial, disapproval, suspension or cancellation has been superseded by subsequent action of the U.S. EPA.
  4. The registration is in accord with the purposes of FIFRA.

Special Local Need Requests

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:

  1. A description of the special local need.
  2. Efficacy and or residue data where needed.
  3. Letter of support from university personnel, commodity group or other qualified knowledgeable expert.
  4. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Application for Notification of State Registration" form No. 8570-25 (PDF) EXT.
  5. A draft SLN label.
  6. An application fee of $150.

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.

Current Minnesota Special Local need (SLN) Registrations

   Last updated 09/21/2017   
SLN No. Company Product (Label) Use
MN-120005 Dow AgroSciences Milestone (PDF: 27 KB / 2 pages) Forests and grazed areas in and around those sites
MN-120004 FMC Aim EC 24c Herbicide (PDF: 78 KB / 3 pages) Aerial application to wild rice
MN-120003 Arkion Avipel Liquid Seed Treatment (PDF: 67 KB / 5 pages) Protect field and sweet corn from consumption by Sand Hill Crane.
MN-120002 Arkion Avipel Dry Corn Seed Treatment (PDF: 43 KB / 4 pages) Protect field and sweet corn from consumption by Sand Hill Crane
MN-110003 Gowan Permit Herbicide (PDF: 72 KB / 1 page) Post-emergence on dry beans
MN-100004 Dow AgroSciences Treflan HFP (PDF: 46 KB / 1 page) Weed control in calendula
MN-100003 FMC Spartan Charge (PDF: 64 KB / 3 pages) Weed control in dry beans
MN-080010 Gowan Nexter (PDF: 40 KB / 1 page)  Greenhouse tomatoes
MN-080007 DuPont Express (PDF: 56 KB / 2 pages)  Weed control in grasses grown for seed
MN-080005 Gowan Targa (PDF: 79 KB / 1 page)  Control of grasses in establishment of hybrid poplar
MN-080004 United Phosphorus Topsin M WSB (PDF: 209 KB / 1 page) Control of fungi in a wide range of crops
MN-040002 Syngenta Dual Magnum (PDF: 25 KB / 3 pages)  PPI or Pre on sugarbeets
MN-030012 Dow AgroSciences Stinger (PDF: 297 KB / 3 pages)  Control of broadleaf weeds in strawberries
MN-000001 Syngenta Dual (PDF: 33 KB / 3 pages)  Weed control in onions

MDA Contact

Matt Sunseri

Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division