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

The MDA recently received public comments on new stewardship guidelines and best management practices (BMPs) for neonicotinoid insecticide-treated seed. These BMPs were developed in response to a special registration review for neonicotinoid insecticides.

The BMPs are designed 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 accepted comments until December 20, 2018 and is currently reviewing the comments received.


Special Registration Review

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has conducted a special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides. Neonicotinoids are widely used systemic insecticides that can be absorbed into plant tissue and moved throughout the plant. They are effective at low concentrations and can impact pests on contact or through the consumption of treated plant material.

In order to conduct this review, the MDA followed a scoping document that solicited input from the public and several interested stakeholders. Based on the review, the MDA identified several opportunities for action to minimize the impact of neonicotinoids on pollinators.

Outcomes from the neonicotinoid review:

At the direction of the Minnesota legislature and the Commissioner of Agriculture (PDF), the MDA along with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota, and Board of Water and Soil Resources, determined the criteria necessary to conduct a special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides for the State of Minnesota. The draft document was prepared to guide the special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides, describing the process and criteria to be used when conducting the review.

In 2014, our agency (MDA) conducted a public review of the scoping document and received 444 public comments. The MDA has created two documents to encourage stakeholder review. The first is a compilation of Unique comments (PDF), the second document is composed of comments that have a common theme, Common text comments (PDF).

After posting the 444 public comments, the MDA developed a response to individual comments on the draft special registration review neonicotinoid scoping document (PDF)

Responding to public comments, the MDA modified the draft scoping document. The final was published on October 27, 2014 in the State Register. The final scoping document was used to guide the special registration review of neonicotinoid insecticides.