In The News

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Fertilizer Tonnage Fee Increase Notice

"The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is notifying all commercial fertilizer distribution license holders who sell or distribute commercial fertilizer and manipulated manure in South Dakota of a fee increase.  Due to the passage of House Bill 1264 during the 2018 legislative session, fees on fertilizer will increase on July 1, 2018 to $.90 per ton for commercial fertilizer, and $.80 per ton for manipulated manure products..."  Click here to read more.

South Dakota Department of Agriculture Announces Pesticide Container Recycling Schedule

Beginning July 9, SDDA will begin its container collection for recycling.  Here are the upcoming dates:

  • Miller 9:00 to 1:00 Nelson’s Seed Service July 09
  • Watertown 8:00 to 1:00 Codington Co Weed & Pest Shop July 10
  • Clark 9:00 to 12:00 Clark County Farmers Fert. Plant July 11
  • Redfield 1:00 to 4:00 Spink Co Fairgrounds July 11
  • Huron 8:00 to 12:00 SD Wheat Growers July 12
  • Herreid 9:00 to 12:00 Agtegra Cooperative July 16
  • Selby 1:30 to 4:00 Walworth Co Highway Dept July 16
  • Bison 10:00 to 12:00 Perkins Co Fairgrounds July 17

The complete schedule can be found here.

South Dakota Chemical & Oil Industry Safety & Compliance Workshop

The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) invites you to 2018 South Dakota Chemical and Oil Industry Safety and Compliance Workshops led by representatives from the DENR, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Homeland Security, and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  These workshops will be held in Mitchell, Aberdeen, Pierre and Rapid City August 28-31.  Click here for more information and to register.

Register Now for IPM Field School for Agronomy Professionals July 17 & 18

The IPM Field School is coming up in July at the Volga Research Farm.  This is "hands-on in-field training" and includes sessions on weed management; plant disease management; insect pest management; carbon to nitrogen ratios; managing cover crops; and climate and weather data tools.  For more information and to register, click here:  IPM Field School.

Truckers of Ag Products Allowed Hours of Service Exemption under Executive Order 2018-04

On April 27, 2018 Governor Daugaard responded to a request from SDABA and signed Executive Order 2018-04 that declared that an emergency for planting and fertilizing crops in South Dakota due to unseasonably cold and wet weather and soil conditions.

Under federal regulations, anytime a Governor declares an emergency all Federal Motor Carriers Regulations (49 CFR 390-397) are automatically waived for transportation supporting the emergency. Since the emergency declared in Executive Order 2018-04 involves anything that helps get crops in the ground, all transportation is covered by the emergency and the trucks involved are exempt from Part 395, the hours of service regulations. This includes fertilizer, seed and pesticides.  Read More

Dicamba:  What is Success or Failure in 2018?

South Dakota Launches New Sensitive Crop Registry 

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announced a new partnership with FieldWatch, Inc. to introduce a new sensitive crop registry that will enhance communication between applicators and producers in South Dakota. FieldWatch is a not-for-profit company with existing registries in multiple states across the country. The new partnership will facilitate increased awareness and communication as part of ongoing stewardship activities.     Read More


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.  Read more...

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

March 14, 2018

Suspicious Activity and Facility Security; fact sheets and information from TFI

The safe and secure handling of commercial fertilizers is paramount. In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), TFI has compiled key documents and information that may be of interest to the fertilizer industry and agribusinesses.  Suspicious activity should always be reported to the FBI to prevent the illicit use of materials. Suspicious activity can be reported by calling 1-855-TELL-FBI (or 1-855-835-5324).  Read more...

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.  Read more...