In The News

New Dicamba Labels

We've posted the new dicamba information for Engenia, Xtendimax and Tavium on our Dicamba page.  We continue to communicate with the SD Department of Agriculture regarding any potential additional restrictions to the use of dicamba in 2021. If such changes take place we will notify you immediately.

Here is a nice chart provided by USEPA that shows the major differences between the previous label and the new labels.

Dicamba training will again be required for certified applicators who wish to apply dicamba in 2021. 

Registration is Open for the 2020 Agronomy Conference

The 19th Annual Agronomy Conference is scheduled for December 16-17, 2020 at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. EARN 20 CEUS IN TWO DAYS!  You won’t want to miss the great line up of speakers and topics, including the following:

  •  High Impact Meteorology in Production Agriculture, Eric Snodgrass, Nutrien (1 CM)
  • Keeping Pesticides and Equipment from Being Stolen Off Trailers, Fred Whitford, Purdue (1 CM)
  • Filtering Out the Noise: 2021 Crop Market Outlook, Frayne Olson, NDSU (1 CM)
  • The Connection Between Soil Health and Soil Water; Dr Anna Cates, UMN (1 SW)
  • Old Insect Problems Return and a New Problem Persists, Bruce Potter, UMN (1 PM)
  • Global Shifts Impacting the U.S. Fertilizer Market, Melinda Sposari, TFI (1 NM)
  • Plus many more!

 4 Ways to Register…..

  • Online:, under Events, click Agronomy Conference
  • Phone: 605/224-2445, have your credit card information ready
  • Fax: 605/224-9913, the form coming in the mail to you.
  • Mail: SDABA, 320 E Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501, the form coming to you in the mail.

Regulatory Alerts

 Rules Hearing to Require Private Applicators to Keep Records

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture intends to amend rules to require private applicators to maintain application records and remove the requirement of aerial applicators to submit an aerial application form that is no longer utilized. In addition to some red tape clean up, the SDDA is looking to add rules to require private applicators to maintain application records that are required for commercial applicators as well. This will hold all applicators to the same standard for recordkeeping requirements which is beneficial to applicators when it comes to drift investigations, drift insurance claims, and potential civil court.

A public hearing will be held in the DENR Conference Room, Foss Building, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota, on October 13, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. CT. Copies of the proposed rules may be obtained without charge from and written comments sent to the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Services Division, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, South Dakota 57501. The comment period will close on October 23, 2020. This hearing is being held in a physically accessible location. Persons with special needs for which the department can make arrangements may call (605) 773-4432 at least 48 hours before the public hearing.  A copy of the proposed rule can be found online at

Worker Protection Standard (WPS)

On November 2015 USEPA revised the worker protection standards to implement more protection for agricultural workers and pesticide handlers. Most of the revised WPS standards became effective on January 2018.  The WPS requires commercial pesticide handler employers to provide specific information and protections to workers, handlers when WPS-labeled pesticide products are used on agricultural establishments in the production of agricultural plants.  Additional resources on Worker ...more





Items of Interest

Governor Noem Announces Merging of Agriculture and Environment and Natural Resources Departments Governor Kristi Noem announced the South Dakota Departments of Agriculture and Environment & Natural Resources will merge to form the streamlined South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Hunter Roberts, the current Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, will be tapped to oversee the new department. Beginning September 8, and until the merger is complete, Roberts will serve as interim Secretary of Agriculture while continuing to also lead the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

South Dakota Nutrient and Education Council (NREC)

The South Dakota Legislature passed a bill in 2016 creating and funding the Nutrient Research and Education Council.  The purpose of the Council is to request, evaluate, fund and share the findings of nutrient research projects.  NREC is funded with 50 cents per ton of fertilizer as part of the fertilizer tonnage fee collected each year by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

The Council is made up of representatives from organizations of the fertilizer industry, growers, commodities, specialty fertilizer, environmental, and certified agronomy as well as the Ag Experiment Station, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the Department of Agriculture, and meets at least twice each year.

Current research projects and reports can be found at   

ResponsibleAg - Committed. Compliant. Safe. 

Over 2,560 facilities have registered with the ResponsibleAg Certification Program.  1,395 are currently certified, many of which are in their second cycle becoming re-certified. We encourage you to visit to learn more and see the list of participating members.  Click here to read why your peers are in the program. If you aren't registered, don't delay - register today!

ResponsibleAg is an industry-led initiative committed to helping agribusinesses properly store and handle farm input supplies. The program helps members ensure they are compliant with environmental, health, safety and security regulations to keep employees, customers and our communities safe.