Maps now help pesticide applicators avoid sensitive locations

BISMARCK – Pesticide applicators can now use Global Information System (GIS) maps from North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) to locate sensitive application areas, such as certified organic acreage, beeyards and vineyards.

“NDDA is the only state agency maintaining these maps,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Putting the service under one roof ended some duplication and ensures that information on the maps is current.”

Goehring said letters have been sent to the seven companies currently certifying organic acreage in North Dakota, asking them to provide information on the certified land, including:

  • Legal descriptions, including latitude and longitude;
  • Producers' contact information.
  • Crops grown on the land.

“The contact and crop information for each organic producer is important, but if a producer does not want to provide that information, it will not be published on the map,” Goehring said. “Certifying agencies should not send any information a client does not want published, but should remind clients to submit changes in their information during the growing season.”

Certifiers currently offering services in North Dakota include Global Organic Alliance, Inc., Bellefontaine OH; International Certification Services, Inc., Medina ND; Minnesota Crop Improvement Assn., St. Paul, MN; Montana Department of Agriculture, Helena, MT; Oregon Tilth, Corvallis, OR; Organic Crop Improvement Association, Lincoln NE; Quality Assurance International, San Diego CA, and Stellar Certification Services, Philomath, OR.

In addition to certified organic acreage, the maps also show vineyard and bee colony locations.