The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is the lead state agency all aspects of pesticide and fertilizer environmental and regulatory functions. These authorities are described in Minnesota Statutes §§ 18B, 18C, 18D and 103H.
The Pesticide Management Plan (PMP, November 2007) (PDF: 1.28 MB / 89 pages) is a guidance document for the prevention, evaluation and mitigation of occurrences of pesticides or pesticide breakdown products in groundwaters and surface waters of the state, and is a requirement of the Pesticide Control Law (Minn. Stat. § 18B.045). The PMP includes components promoting prevention, developing appropriate responses to the detection of pesticides or pesticide breakdown products in groundwater and surface waters, and providing responses to reduce or eliminate continued pesticide movement to groundwater and surface water. The PMP is to be coordinated with other state agency plans and with other state agencies through the Department of Administration's Environmental Quality Board. PMP development included the University of Minnesota Extension Service, farm organizations, farmers, environmental organizations, and industry.
The MDA completed revisions to the PMP in November 2007. Development of the first PMP began in 1990, and was completed in 1996 (with minor revisions in 1998, and additional revisions published in June 2005). A February 2006 audit of MDA pesticide programs conducted by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor included recommendations for further revisions to the PMP to better address issues of urban pesticide use, aquatic pesticides, and product registration. The MDA sought comment on the proposed revisions from July 16 through September 13, 2007, and published the current PMP in November 2007.
Implementation of the PMP to date includes the development, promotion and evaluation of pesticide-specific Best Management Practices (BMPs) as a response to the presence of herbicides in Minnesota's groundwater or surface water from normal agricultural use. The MDA also coordinates water quality monitoring data review through the Pesticide Management Plan Committee and through interagency cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to evaluate the pesticide human health and environmental impacts. Visit the Pesticide Management web page, the MDA's BMP web page and the Monitoring & Assessment web page for more information.
The MDA has developed a Pesticide Non-Point Source electronic distribution list (list server). To reduce costs and improve service, future notifications of activities related to the state Pesticide Management Plan (PMP), pesticide BMPs, pesticide use, water quality monitoring and other, related issues will be made via this electronic list server. Written notification will continue to be provided if it is specifically requested. To subscribe to the list server, please see the instructions for subscribing to the MDA Pesticide Non-Point Source electronic distribution list.
Gregg Regimbal, Unit Supervisor
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division