Listening sessions slated on pesticide rule changes

BISMARCK— The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) has scheduled a statewide series of listening sessions to discuss and gather input on proposed changes to North Dakota's pesticide rules.

“Most of the proposed changes simply make the rules easier to read and understand, but some of the changes are more substantial,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “We especially want to hear from stakeholders – farmers, ranchers, applicators and pesticide dealers – before the department begins the actual rule-making process.” 

Goehring explained that the public will have additional opportunity to offer input once the department begins formal rule-making.

The listening sessions are scheduled as follows:

Day/Date

City

Location

Time

Tuesday, March 13

Bismarck

Brynhild-Haugland Room, State Capitol

1 pm

Wednesday, March 21

Minot

North Central Research Extension Center

9 am

Wednesday, March 28

Dickinson

NDSU Research Extension Center

9 am (MT)

Tuesday, April 3

Fargo

Holiday Inn, 3803 13th Ave. S.

1 pm

Wednesday, April 4

Jamestown

ND Farmers Union, 1415 12th Ave SE

9 am

Wednesday, April 11

Williston

Williston Research Extension Center

1 pm

Tuesday, April 17

Grand Forks

Canad Inn, 1000 S. 42nd St

1 pm

Wednesday, April 18

Devils Lake

Ramsey County Courthouse

9 am

Goehring said the proposed rule changes include:

  • Adopting EPA container and containment regulations
  • Requiring private applicators using fumigants for rodents to be certified in the “vertebrate” class
  • Requiring dealers to include EPA registration numbers on records
  • Requiring bulk pesticide dealers to include their business name and address on bulk pesticide storage tanks
  • Eliminating posting requirements for private applicators and homeowners.

Goehring said NDDA pesticide staff at the listening sessions will explain the proposed changes and answer questions.

Further information is available from Blake Schaan, NDDA pesticide enforcement coordinator, at 701-328-4922 or blakeschaan@nd.gov.