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Limited Dicamba Use in South Dakota Through June 30





South Dakota Department of Agriculture

News Release

 

 

For Immediate Release: June 9, 2020

Media Contact: JaCee Aaseth, 605.220.3804

 

 

Limited Dicamba Use in South Dakota Through June 30

 

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) will implement the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) cancellation order regarding the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ June 3, 2020 order to vacate three dicamba registrations —Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan.

 

 The cancellation order identifies specific circumstances under which existing stocks of the three affected dicamba products can be used. According to the EPA, with limited exceptions, it is a violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) for any person to sell or distribute these products as of June 3, 2020. As the designated agency for primary enforcement of FIFRA in South Dakota, the SDDA will enforce the provisions of the cancellation order and comply with guidance provided by the EPA.

 

The cancellation order allows for disposition of any existing stock of Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan already in possession of persons other than the registrant at the time of the June 3, 2020 order. The order also allows for limited distribution of existing stock of Xtendimax, Engenia, and FeXapan already in possession at the time of the June 3, 2020 order by commercial applicators and authorizes all other sale or distribution of existing stocks only to facilitate return to the manufacturer or for proper disposal. The cancellation order prohibits any use of existing stocks that is inconsistent with the previously approved product labeling.

 

 “Throughout this unprecedented time, there has been considerable confusion regarding Dicamba sales and use,” says Agricultural Services Director Taya Runyan, “We are providing up to date information on our website as the situation continues to evolve.”

 

The SDDA recommends that producers, dealers, and applicators use caution during this uncertain time as there may be exposure to civil liability and insurance coverage may be impacted. 

 

 Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $32.5 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 132,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect, and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

 

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