Best management practices (BMPs) are practices that are capable of protecting the environment while considering economic factors, availability, technical feasibility, ability to implement, and effectiveness.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is responsible for the development, promotion and evaluation of BMPs. 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.
- Nitrogen Fertilizer BMPs for Agricultural Lands
- Fertilizer BMPs for Lawns and Golf Courses (Turfgrass)
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.
Fungicide BMPs: BMPs to prevent drift and minimize volatilization of potato fungicides (PDF) are available.
Pesticide Management and Handling BMPs
These BMPs outline responsible and effective procedures for pesticide use and handling that can help protect our environment, our water supplies - and ourselves.
- Handling Pesticides Safely
- Managing Pesticides, Waste Pesticides and Empty Pesticide Containers
- Mixing and Loading Pesticides
- Non-Pesticide Voluntary Best Management Practices that Help Control Pests
- Pesticide Application How-To's
- Timing of Pesticide Use: Before or After Infestation
- Non-Pesticide Voluntary Best Management Practices
- Pollinator Habitat Best Management Practices
- Gardening in Urban Soil (PDF)