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an ingredient contained in the pesticide product, unless such denial, disapproval, suspension or cancellation has been superseded by subsequent action of the U.S. EPA.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 completed “Application for Pesticide Special Registration” (PDF).
  2. An application fee of $150 per product (payable by check).
  3. Registrant letter of support.
  4. Efficacy and/or residue data where needed.
  5. Letter of support from university personnel, or other qualified knowledgeable expert.  This needs to include:
    1. A description of the pest problem
    2. A discussion of which existing pesticide and non-pesticide options/methods are available for managing the pest, and why they are insufficient.
    3. The anticipated use dates for the product.  For example: June 1 through August 31.
  6. Letter of support from commodity group, if applicable.
  7. A completed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)"Application for Notification of State Registration" form No. 8570-25
  8. A draft SLN label (in text-searchable PDF format).
  9. The current Section 3 container label for the requested product (in text-searchable PDF format).

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 and labels are typically given an expiration date. See table and labels below for expiration dates.

Section 24(c) SLN labels are valid only in the state of issue. Persons must have in their possession a valid Minnesota SLN label when using a pesticide pursuant to a section 24(c) SLN registration.

Current Special Local Need Labels

SLN No. Company Product (Label) Use Label Expiration Date
MN-180004 Syngenta Beacon herbicide (PDF) Weed control in seedling and established stands of Kentucky Bluegrass for seed production only 12/31/2022
MN-190003 DuPont Fexapan Herbicide Plus Vaporgrip Technology (PDF) Date cutoff for weed control in dicamba tolerant soybeans N/A
MN-190002 BASF Engenia herbicide (PDF) Date cutoff for weed control in dicamba tolerant soybeans 12/31/2019
MN-190001 Monsanto Xtendimax with Vaporgrip Technology (PDF) Date cutoff for weed control in dicamba tolerant soybeans N/A
MN-170002 Nufarm Agri Tin Flowable (PDF) Control of cercospora leaf spot on sugar beats 12/31/2021
MN-170001 Nufarm Agri Tin (PDF) Control of cercospora leaf spot on sugar beats 12/31/2021
MN-140002 Bayer CropScience Capreno Herbicide (PDF) Allow aerial application in field and silage corn, seed corn, and white corn 12/31/2019
MN-140001 Bayer CropScience Laudis Herbicide (PDF) Allow aerial application in field and silage corn, seed corn, sweet corn, and popcorn 12/31/2019
MN-120002 Arkion Avipel Hopper Box (dry) Corn Seed Treatment (PDF) Protect field and sweet corn from consumption by Sand Hill Crane 7/30/2019
MN-040002 Syngenta Dual Magnum (PDF) PPI or Pre on sugarbeets 12/31/2020