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The Missouri Agribusiness Association is committed to the agribusiness industry within the Show-Me State by offering services that will enhance the day-to-day operations of agribusinesses now and in the future.

 

MO-AG's mission simply states, "The mission of the Missouri Agribusiness Association (MO-AG) is to advocate for the business of agriculture while offering services and networking opportunities for the agribusiness community."

 

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News You Can Use

Be a Good Neighbor and Follow the Label
Pesticide applicators have been rolling across the fields of Missouri.  At this time, it is good to be reminded that we should be a good neighbor and follow the label.  Recently, MO-AG participated in a pilot program led by Fieldwatch which was designed to engage ag retailers & applicators, grape & crop growers, beekeepers, specialty crop growers, and others in a conversation.  The goals of this pilot program are to establish good neighborly relationships, increase communication about crop locations and new technologies, and create resilient communities with a favorable environment for conflict resolution.   For more information on this pilot program, see the Fieldwatch website HERE

Dicamba Reminder
The cutoff date for the application of some products containing the pesticide Dicamba for the counties of Dunklin, Pemiscot, New Madrid, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, Butler, Ripley, Bollinger and Cape Girardeau has been extended to June 10, 2018. The original cutoff date was set for June 1, 2018.  All other 24c Special Local Need label restrictions remain the same. The cutoff date for all other Missouri counties is still July 15, 2018. After the cutoff dates, no applications (burndown, preplant, preemergence and postemergence) may be made. 

For more information, see the MDA website HERE.

Pesticide Fees Increase Proposed
Legislation has been filed in the Missouri House that would raise the annual fee for registering a pesticide product for sale in the State of Missouri from the current $150 per product to $450 per product.  The bill is HB2573, sponsored by Rep. Don Rone, and it was introduced in the Missouri House last week.  This bill would also create a Pesticide Education Fund to support applicator certification, pesticide education, and container disposal.  The bill would also allow up to seven percent of fee to be deposited into this Pesticide Education Fund.  MO-AG will follow this bill closely and we look forward to working with the bill sponsor as the bill makes its way through the legislative process.

In other news related to the legislature, MO-AG held its legislative banquet recently in partnership with Sen. Brian Munzlinger and the 4H Foundation.  For several years, Sen. Munzlinger has used this occasion to present the Peter Myers award to those that have demonstrated outstanding public service.  One of the first award winners of this award was Mr. Bill Jackson, General Manager of AGRIServices of Brunswick.  After years of presenting this award to others, Sen. Munzlinger was surprised by Mr. Jackson and MO-AG President Steve Taylor as they presented the award to Sen. Munzlinger for his years of service in the Missouri legislature. 
 

Mr. Bill Jackson (right) of AGRIServices of Brunswick and Steve Taylor, MO-AG President, present Sen. Brian Munzlinger (left) with the Peter Myers award and a caricature memorializing Sen. Munzlinger's work in Jefferson City.

Emergency rule on 2,4-D and dicamba products
The Missouri Department of Agriculture is conducting a public hearing on March 21st to take comments on a proposed emergency rule.  Information on the emergency rule and the public hearing can be found on MDA's website HERE.  Included in the proposed emergency rule is the statement that "pesticides that meet the conditions of this section are considered restricted use pesticides in Missouri and are only allowed to be sold or held for sale in the state from Oct. 1 of each year through April 15 of the following year."  Basically, the emergency rule would prohibit the sale of certain older formulations of dicamba and 2,4-D products after April 15 and before Oct. 1.  Products purchased after October 1 and before April 15 may be used in accordance with the directions for use found on the pesticide's label or labeling.

In a separate news release, MDA announced that it has issued Special Local Need (24c) labels for certain products containing 2,4-D, specially Enlist One and Enlist Duo.  Information regarding these labels can be found HERE.

Major Changes to MDNR Rules
A new rule go into effect May 1st that affect agrichemical facilities (i.e. fertilizer, herbicides).  The rule mainly does two things.  First, the rule eliminates the requirement to obtain construction permits for concrete secondary and operational containments.  In 2013, HB28, a bill supported by MO-AG and passed by the Missouri General Assembly, changed state law by removing the requirement that agrichemical facilities obtain construction permits for concrete secondary and operation containments.  The law change is now reflected in this rule.  Secondly, the new rule also eliminates the requirement that all agrichemical facilities must apply for, or maintain, an operating permit.  After this regulation change, Clean Water Commission regulations do not require businesses with a SIC code of 5191 to apply for an agrichemical operating permit.  A local retail facility that mixes or blends fertilizer on a small scale is likely classified under SIC code 5191, and therefore, are no longer required to have an operating permit.  If you are not a retailer and thus do not fall under the SIC code 5191 exemption, you will need to maintain your permit and there are some new requirements of the permit.

Robert Brundage, MO-AG's legal counsel, looked out for the interests of MO-AG members throughout this multi-year process of revising this rule after the 2013 law change.  Thank you, Counselor.  I would also like to thank Governor Greitens and his staff.  At the CWC on January 11th, final approval of the rule was on the Commission's agenda.  The Commission, however, tabled the rule stating concerns with Gov. Greitens executive order which expressed a desire to remove 'needless and burdensome regulations.'  We met with Gov. Greiten's staff and explained that this rule was a good compromise that actually eliminated regulations for many agribusinesses.  The Governor's office understood and acted quickly to allow the rule to move forward.  So, again, thank you to Governor Greitens and his staff.

The rule goes into effect May 1st.  You should understand the rule, how it may affect you, and what you need to do.  To help with that process, an article which provides more background, summarizes the rule change, and discusses what you need to know can be found HERE.  A copy of the rule itself can be found HERE.  Also, a copy of the agrichemical facility permit template can be found HERE.  In particular, note paragraph one of page 2 of the permit (applicability) which describes the relationship between the operating permit, the rule, and SIC codes.  If you have any questions, please contact Robert at his law firm (Newman, Comley & Ruth) at 573-634-2266 or contact the MO-AG office.
 


 




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