MO-AG Logo
 

 
 


Upcoming Events




July 12-13th, 2018
Jim Russell Foundation Summer Meeting
Lake Ozark, MO

August 3rd, 2018
Missouri CCA Exam
Columbia, MO



Facebook   Twitter

Advocacy


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.
 
Governor Greitens Signs Dicamba Legislation
On Friday, Governor Eric Greitens signed into law SCS HCS HB 662 which changed Missouri pesticide law.  With the emergency clause added to the bill, the legislation became effective immediately with the Governor's signature.  As reported in earlier editions of the MO-AG minute, this bill addresses the illegal, off-label application of dicamba.  The law now allows for a penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation and a penalty of $25,000 per violation for chronic violators.  The penalty for refusal to submit information to complaint investigators is $5,000.  The language which MO-AG asked be included stating the penalty applies only to persons who "knowingly applied a herbicide to a crop for which the herbicide was not labeled for use" was in the final bill that was signed into law by Governor Greitens.

Governor Greitens signed the bill in Portageville, MO in Rone Hall.  Rep. Don Rone was the sponsor of the bill.  MO-AG again expresses its appreciation to Rep. Rone for his willingness to work with us throughout the legislative process.  

Animal Summit Comes to Kansas City
The Animal Agriculture Alliance's Stakeholders Summit is May 3-4, 2017 in Kansas City, Mo.  With the theme of "Connect to Protect Animal Ag: #ActionPlease2017," the conference will build on the 2016 Summit's focus of taking action to secure a bright future for animal agriculture. Speakers will give the audience actionable solutions to take home and implement on their farm or in their business.   The conference is an opportunity for anyone who has a vested interest in producing or communicating about the production of meat, poultry, milk and eggs to connect with fellow industry stakeholders. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in engaging discussions and hear out-of-the-box ideas of how we can work together to take on the challenges facing animal agriculture.   To register and learn more, visit www.animalagalliance.org/summit/
 

Meanwhile in Jefferson City
This past week marks the seventh week of session and it is officially constituent season.  Interest groups have booths in the rotunda and special guests are constantly being introduced on House and Senate floors which signals session is in full swing.  A lot of time is still being spent in committees.  Senate Committee Chairs turned in approximately 40 bills this past week to add to the Senate perfection calendar.  The House focused their efforts on penalties for crimes against law enforcement officers and labor bills.  HB175, which directs that regulation of seed and fertilizer is to be conducted by the Missouri Department of Agriculture and is supported by MO-AG, was reported 'do pass' by the House rules committee and now heads to the House floor.

To see MO-AG's legislation of interest, CLICK HERE

Governor Greitens filled vacancies on the University of Missouri Board of Curators.  Greitens announced his appointments of his former campaign finance chairman Jeffery Layman, St. Louis area attorney Darryl Chatman, and President of Farmer Holding Company Jamie Farmer to the board.  The Senate is likely to confirm the Governor's appointments.  In the news release Greitens said, "We can encourage more intellectual diversity and become the best state in the country at preparing students for rewarding careers. These curators bring knowledge and real world experience to the table. They will be important voices for our students and families."

Peterson Seeks CRP Increase in Farm Bill
Congressman and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson has said committee members do have some "pet issues" they would like to see addressed in the next farm bill, and that his are increasing the acreage in the CRP.  The CRP, which makes payments to landowners and farmers for idling land to improve the environment and wildlife habitat, is limited to 24 million acres. But Peterson said that, with commodity prices low, he would like to raise the limit to 40 million acres.  CRP allowed 45 million acres when it started 30 years ago, Peterson noted. He said he wants to increase the limit in order to lower production to raise commodity prices, which he said was one of the purposes of the original program.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard join Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson at the National Pheasant Summit in the Minneapolis Convention Center to discuss the process for drafting a new Farm Bill and initiatives for creating wildlife habitat.  The National Pheasant Summit is part of the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic organized by Pheasants Forever. The group says Dayton and Daugaard are among the most visible public officials expressing concern over decreasing wildlife habitat in the upper Midwest.  Peterson has called for a big increase in acres protected under the Conservation Reserve Program, which Pheasants Forever supports as a way to restore habitat. Source:  DTN & Capital Journal
  

MO-AG Partners: