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."
MO-AG Meeting Changes
In conjunction with MO-AG's 50th anniversary, MO-AG is making changes in its annual meetings. In recent years, MO-AG has held three annual meetings: the summer meeting, the winter convention, and legislative day. The MO-AG Board has decided to consolidate these meeting and no longer hold the winter convention while focusing on increasing the value and attendance at the summer meeting. The 2019 MO-AG Summer Meeting will be held July 11-12, 2019 at Camden on the Lake at the Lake of the Ozark. Please, mark that date on your calendar now!
Agrichemical Stormwater Permit Renewal
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is in the process of renewing the agrichemical stormwater permit MO-R240. This general stormwater permit expires on April 30, 2019. Applications to renew the permit are due no later than March 31, 2019. On November 4, 2018, the MDNR hosted a meeting to take public comment and suggestions on how the permit should be modified upon renewal. MO-AG General Counsel Robert Brundage attended the meeting on behalf of the Missouri Agribusiness Association (MO-AG). At the meeting, Robert learned that there are approximately 170 facilities currently under this general permit. A year ago, there were 482 outstanding permits. In April 2017, the department issued a letter notifying permittees that facilities with the SIC code 5191 were no longer required to have a stormwater permit (CLICK HERE). Consequently, since April 2017 over 300 R240 permits have been terminated. At the November public meeting, MO-AG General Counsel Robert Brundage offered suggestions on how to modify the permit. MO-AG will be making other comments in writing to the department prior to the permit being placed on public notice which will likely occur in January 2018.
It is highly likely that a majority of the 170 remaining permittees are not required to have this permit but have not yet requested termination. If you need guidance on whether you are required to have this permit or need instruction on how to terminate the permit, contact Amberly Shultz at the MDNR Water Pollution Control Branch at 573-751-8049. Mr. Brundage is an agricultural and environmental attorney with Newman, Comley & Ruth P.C. in Jefferson City. He may be contacted at (573) 634-2266 or at email@example.com.
The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced it will not pursue Special Local Needs (24c) labels for the use of Engenia, FeXapan and XtendiMax for the 2019 growing season. This announcement follows EPA's decision to extend the registration of these three Dicamba products for another two years with additional safeguards. "We understand it is a challenging task to balance the interests of producers across the United States, but the EPA has worked diligently with registrants to provide a balanced approach," said Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. EPA has enhanced the previous labels and put in place additional safeguards in an effort to increase the success and safe use of the product in the field. The EPA two-year registration is valid through Dec. 20, 2020, and includes the following:
*Only certified applicators may apply Dicamba over-the-top (those working under the supervision of a certified applicator may no longer make applications)
*Prohibit over-the-top application of Dicamba on soybeans 45 days after planting or up until the R1 growth stage (first bloom), whichever comes first
*Prohibit over-the-top application of Dicamba on cotton 60 days after planting
*For cotton, limit the number of over-the-top applications from four to two
*For soybeans, the number of over-the-top applications remains at two
*Applications will be allowed only from one hour after sunrise to two hours before sunset
*In counties where endangered species may exist, the downwind buffer will remain at 110 feet and there will be a new 57-foot buffer around the other sides of the field (the 110-foot downwind buffer applies to all applications, not just in counties where endangered species may exist)
*Enhanced tank clean-out instructions for the entire system
*Enhanced label to improve applicator awareness on the impact of low pH on the potential volatility of Dicamba
*Label clean up and consistency to improve compliance and enforceability
The new label instructions and requirements will be covered in the required Dicamba or auxin-specific training available online through the University of Missouri Extension, or through training offered by Bayer, BASF and Corteva for their respective products.
More information on EPA's label can be found HERE.
Source: MDA & EPA