New: Stewardship Guidelines and Best Management Practices for Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Treated Seed Open for Public Comment

The MDA is seeking input on new stewardship guidelines and best management practices (BMPs) for neonicotinoid insecticide-treated seed. These BMPs were developed in response to special registration review for neonicotinoid insecticides.

The purpose of these BMPs is to minimize the impact of neonicotinoid treated seed on insect pollinators. The MDA, in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension and others, has developed these BMPs to address the potential risk to pollinators from the seed treatment dust during planting season. The MDA requests comments on the document now through December 20, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

Please submit comments and questions by email to:
Gurinderbir (G) Chahal



Bees and other insects pollinate a wide variety of fruits, nuts, vegetables, animal forages, fiber crops and native plants.

For a number of years a complex set of factors has negatively affected domesticated honey bee health and populations in Minnesota, the U.S. and elsewhere.

Likewise, the health and numbers of native insect pollinators (wild bees, flies, wasps, moths, butterflies, and other pollinating insects) have declined due to a number of factors, including exposure to pathogens, parasites and pesticides, as well as habitat fragmentation and disappearance of floral resources.

What Can You Do?

Each of us can do something to help pollinators. Simple acts, such as planting more pollinator-attractive flowers, leaving ornamental grasses uncut in the fall to provide overwinter habitat, or using pesticides only when necessary, can make a big impact.


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Reduce Harmful Impacts, Improve or Create New Habitat

Best Management Practices developed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and its partners can help you to reduce harmful impacts on pollinators, and improve and create new pollinator habitats.

Pesticide Investigation into Honey bee Death

A brochure has been developed to help beekeepers and pesticide applicators understand Minnesota's Bee Kill Compensation program.

Making a Difference Across Minnesota

Neighbors across the state are already making a big impact on pollinators and their habitat. Read more about their efforts. You can also take advantage of federal and state programs to help you establish new habitat. More info from the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources.