In The News

NEW Training Dates Set by BASF and Monsanto!  Click on the Dicamba Training Tab on this page.

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Dicamba and/2,4-D Tolerant Crop Information Webpage Updated: https://sdda.sd.gov/ag-services/dicamba/default.aspx 

Welcome to new SDABA members:

CBH Cooperative of Sturgis, SD and Regulatory Management & Consulting, Inc. of Sioux City Iowa!

2018 TAL (Tomorrow’s Agriculture Leaders) Class is Named

SDABA is pleased to announce that ten applicants were selected for the first-ever TAL Class!  The following SDABA members make up the 2018 TAL Class:
Kyle Gustafson, Winfield United
Eric Miedema, SDWG
John Muske, CHS Inc.
Chris Redfield, Winfield United
Eric Paulson, NCFE
Mark Schaffner, CHS Inc.
Matt Thompson, FMC
Jordan Thull, Legend Seeds
Kristyne Thull, Legend Seeds
Tara Tschetter, NCFE

Agronomy Conference 2017 Presentations Available

Presentations for the 2017 Agronomy Conference can be found on the Agronomy Conference Archives page.

 

Regulatory Alerts

Dicamba Relabeling

If you have Engenia, Xtendimax or FeXapan product remaining in inventory from the 2017 season, you will be asked by the manufacturers of the product to relabel the containers with the new Restricted Use Pesticide labels.  Please be sure that your facility is a registered USEPA Pesticide Producing Establishment if you plan to relabel any of your inventory. 

If you do relabel, you must ensure that you apply the new label to each individual pesticide container, as well as the outside box that contains the individual jugs.  Minibulks must also be relabeled if they will be sold or distributed, as well as bulk storage tanks.  You must also record the amount (in gallons) that you relabel and it must be reported on your annual Pesticide Producing Establishment Report. 

If you affix the labels to the containers in 2017, it must be reported on your 2017 report that is due to USEPA on March 1, 2018.  If you affix the labels after January 1, 2018, you must wait and report that amount on your 2018 report, which is not due until March 1, 2019. 

 If you have any uncertainty as to whether your facility can legally apply the labels to the containers, please call the number on the instructions provided to you by the registrant, and make other arrangements for the products to be relabeled by your distributor.  

Worker Protection Standard - How to Comply:  The Worker Protection Standard (WPS) is a federal EPA regulation that primarily protects workers (people employed to perform work activities related to the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people employed to mix, load or apply pesticides). On November 2, 2015, EPA revised the WPS, making significant changes to the rule’s requirements.  Click here to continue reading.

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Items of Interest

January 11,2018

SDDA Reminds Producers of Mandatory Dicamba Trainings 

In December, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season. Per the label, all persons, private or commercial, applying these products must also complete dicamba-specific training and pass an examination. Documentation of completion of the training and examination will be required to apply these products.

Trainings will be offered by each of the registering companies. Trainings dates and links for registration can be found on SDDA’s website at sdda.sd.gov, located under the “Happening Now” section. There is no cost to attend the trainings.

“I encourage all applicators to attend one of these trainings, whether or not you are considering using one of these products in 2018,” said Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers. “Use of these products will require planning ahead. Now is the time to start. These trainings will provide valuable information on label restrictions and best practices for use of these products. In addition to trainings, producers should take time to start conversations with their agronomist, seed dealer and neighbors.”

Applicators may attend any of the dicamba-specific trainings to meet the requirement to use any of the three registered products. If an applicator attends training in a bordering state, the department will require proof of attendance to apply the products in South Dakota. Once proof of training has been received, each applicator will receive a new certification card in the mail.

January 9, 2018

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture Notice for Public Hearing to consider the proposed rule changes 12:56:04:15, 12:56:05:04.17, 12:56:05:04.18 and 12:56:11:02, as follows:

  • All pesticide products containing only straight Dicamba active ingredient for agricultural use will be Restricted Use Pesticide in the State of South Dakota,
  • All aerial applicators in the State of South Dakota to acquire aerial applicator certification; the certification will allow aerial applicators more flexibility in obtaining certification in other states through reciprocity; aerial applicator category will complete the federal requirement for each state to have an aerial category for chimerical applicators. 
The public hearing will be held at the Department of Agriculture Conference Room, Foss Building, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD on February 9th at 1:30 PM.

 

December 18, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently published: 1) a limited 90-day waiver from the Federal HOS regulations pertaining to electronic logging devices (ELDs) for the transportation of agricultural commodities; and 2) proposed regulatory guidance concerning the transportation of agricultural commodities. 

The limited 90-Day ELD Waiver for the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities was in response to a request from the National Pork Producers Council on behalf of eight organizations representing livestock and other agricultural commodities.  The agency determined that the waiver is in the public interest and would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved without the exemption.  The waiver expires on March 18, 2018.  The waiver does not alter any of the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations other than the method of recording HOS.

The Proposed Regulatory Guidance Concerning the Transportation of Agricultural Commodities is designed to clarify the applicability of the “agricultural commodity” exception to the Hours of Service regulations, and requests public comments.  The proposed regulatory guidance would clarify the exception with regard to drivers operating unladen vehicles traveling either to pick up an agricultural commodity or returning from a delivery; and drivers engaged in trips beyond 150 air-miles from the source of the agricultural commodity.

In addition, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeks public comment on 1) Whether grain elevators and/or livestock sale barns should be considered a “source” of agricultural commodities; and 2) How the exception should apply when agricultural commodities are loaded at multiple sources during a trip.

For more information on ELDs, please visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/eld