MN Department of Revenue - ST3 Form - Certificate of Exemption

Purchaser: Complete this certificate and give it to the seller.

Seller: If this certificate is not fully completed, you must charge sales tax. Keep this certificate as part of your records.

Certificate of Exemption Form and Instructions (ST3)
Agricultural Production Fact Sheet

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) Fact Sheet
Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was issued in 2007 in response to the action of Congress in 2006.
Click here to find a helpful fact sheet on CFATS.

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) State Comparison Chart.
View the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) state comparison chart with a hyperlink to state PGPs that are now final.

Background: On October 31, 2011, EPA issued a final NPDES Pesticide General Permit (PGP) for point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States. This action was in response to a 2009 decision by the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (National Cotton Council, et al. v. EPA) in which the court vacated EPA's 2006 Final Rule on Aquatic Pesticides and found that point source discharges of biological pesticides, and chemical pesticides that leave a residue, into waters of the U.S. were pollutants under the Clean Water Act (CWA). As a result of the court's decision, NPDES permits are generally required for these types of discharges as of October 31, 2011.
While the permit requirements must be met as of October 31, Operators will be covered automatically under the PGP without submitting a Notice of Intent (NOI) for any discharges before January 12, 2012. To continue coverage after January 12, 2012, those Operators who are required to submit NOIs will need to do so at least 10 days (or 30 days for discharges to National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Listed Resources of Concern) prior to January 12. For the first 120 days that the permit is in effect, EPA will focus on providing compliance assistance and education of the permit requirements, rather than on enforcement actions.
The Agency’s final PGP covers Operators that apply pesticides that result in discharges from the following use patterns: (1) mosquito and other flying insect pest control; (2) weed and algae control; (3) animal pest control; and (4) forest canopy pest control. The permit requires permittees to minimize pesticide discharges through the use of pest management measures and monitor for and report any adverse incidents. Some permittees are also required to submit NOIs prior to beginning to discharge and implement integrated pest management (IPM)-like practices. Record-keeping and reporting requirements will provide valuable information to EPA and the public regarding where, when, and how much pesticides are being discharged to waters of the U.S. Pesticide application use patterns not covered by EPA’s Pesticide General Permit may need to obtain coverage under an individual permit or alternative general permit if they result in point source discharges to waters of the U.S. This general permit will provide coverage for discharges in the areas where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority, which include six states (Alaska, Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Oklahoma), Washington, D.C., most U.S. territories and Indian country lands, and many federal facilities (for details,  click here (PDF) (5 pp, 239K)). In the remaining 44 states (and the Virgin Islands), the states are authorized to develop and issue the NPDES pesticide permits.

Brief Fact Sheet Summarizing Issuance of Final PGP (PDF) (2 pp, 79K)
Brief Fact Sheet Summarizing Issuance of Final PGP - Spanish Version (PDF) (2 pp, 73K)
Brief Fact Sheet on the PGP for Agricultural Stakeholders (PDF) (2 pp, 144K)

NAICS Code 424910 - Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

Storage Facility Traffic Protection Requirements
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently developed a fact sheet regarding anhydrous ammonia storage facility physical/traffic and tampering protection requirement. Minnesota Rules (Parts 1513.0160 and 1513.0370) require that storage systems be located or protected by suitable barriers so as to avoid physical damage that might result from impact by moving machinery, automobiles, trucks, or any other equipment at the facility.
Click here for the letter sent out by the MDA regarding the storage facility/system protection.
Click here for the fact sheet sent out by the MDA regarding: Storage Facility Traffic Protection Requirements.

Click here for the NH3 Incident Reporting fact sheet (MDA requires a report for an over turned Nurse Tank even if NO release is observed)

Agricultural, Chemical and Petroleum Industry Terrorism Handbook
The FBI established the Agricultural, Chemical and Petroleum Industry Outreach Program. This outreach program seeks to build awareness and increase ongoing dialogue between the federal and local response communities and the agricultural, chemical and petroleum manufacturing and distribution industries. This ongoing dialogue will enable the FBI to prevent acts of terrorism and to follow up on information based upon industry-reported suspicious activities. USDOT shared this website address with MCPR members for you to download for your ocations. This includes federal rules and regulations.
Click here for the Agricultural, Chemical and Petroleum Industry Terrorism Handbook

Voluntary Respirator Wearers
Click here for the OSHA site regarding Voluntary Respirator Wearers

Dry Fertilizer
Anyone storing bulk fertilizer must obtain an MDA permit and safeguard the fertilizer from wind, rain, and other hazards. Anyone expanding an existing permitted operation can add up to 150 tons without making substantial alterations or paying additional fees.
Click here for the MDA Dry Fertilizer Storage rules
Click here for the Bulk Pesticide/Fertilizer Storage Permit Application from MDA

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