Section 24(c) of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), allows for registration of a pesticide product as a Special Local Need (SLN).

Special local need means an existing or imminent pest problem within Minnesota for which the MDA has determined that an appropriate federally registered pesticide product is not sufficiently available.

Special local needs may include a new method or timing of application, new crop/new site, new pest, changed rate, application in particular soil type, new product/different formulation, and products useful in managing pesticide resistance in a particular crop.

Under the authority of section 24(c) of FIFRA, Minnesota 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 United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or voluntarily cancelled by the registrant subsequent to issuance by 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an ingredient contained in the pesticide product, unless such denial, disapproval, suspension or cancellation has been superseded by subsequent action of the EPA.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 MDA. Commodity groups, Extension personnel, and others can inform the manufacturer of the need, but the request should come from the manufacturer. Resources to help with the application process can be found in the "Forms + Resources" section.

The following information must be included in a SLN registration application:

  1. A printed and completed Application for Pesticide Special Registration (PDF).
  2. An application fee of $150 per product (payable only by check).
  3. Registrant letter of support.
  4. Efficacy and/or residue data where needed.
    • Residue data will be needed for products classified for food or feed use.
    • Efficacy data will be needed for products classified for public health use.
  5. Letter of support from university personnel, or other qualified knowledgeable expert.  This needs to include:
    • A description of the pest problem.
    • A summary of which existing pesticide and non-pesticide options/methods are available for managing the pest, and why they are insufficient.
    • 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 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).

24(c) Special Local Need Registration Process and Maintenance

Upon receiving a completed 24(c) product registration packet for an EPA registered product the State of Minnesota can begin the registration process.

  1. The MDA reviews the SLN application to verify that a special local need exists, and that the application is complete.
  2. 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).
  3. SLN registrations and labels are given an expiration date typically one growing season in length up to 5 years from the approval date.
  4. In order to request an extension past the label expiration date, the registrant will need to submit a new 24(c) registration packet in full, restarting the process from the beginning. This is to ensure a special local need still exists and a registration is still warranted.

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-200006 Syngenta Reflex Herbicide (PDF) For control of weeds in various vegetable and fruit crops 12/31/2020
MN-200005 Syngenta Dual Mangnum Herbicide (PDF) For control of weeds in various vegetable and fruit crops 12/31/2020
MN- 190005 Syngenta Dual Magnum Herbicide (PDF) For control of weeds in carrot 12/31/2022
MN-180004 Syngenta Beacon herbicide (PDF) Weed control in seedling and established stands of Kentucky Bluegrass for seed production only 12/31/2022
MN-170002 Nufarm Agri Tin Flowable (PDF) Control of cercospora leaf spot on sugar beets 12/31/2021
MN-170001 Nufarm Agri Tin (PDF) Control of cercospora leaf spot on sugar beets 12/31/2021
MN-040002 Syngenta Dual Magnum (PDF) PPI or Pre on sugar beets 12/31/2020