ACRRA Surcharge Decrease Will Take Effect on January 1, 2018
A public hearing was held on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to discuss lower surcharge rates. Matt Wohlman, representing the commissioner, listened to comments from the ACRRA Board and others that supported a reduced rate. Subsequently, the ACRRA board sent a letter of support for a surcharge decrease. ACRRA is an important environmental protection program funded through surcharges on pesticide and fertilizer licenses and registrations. Since its inception, over $39 million have been disbursed for eligible cleanup costs of agricultural chemical spills and incidents. An adjustment to the surcharges is necessary at this time in order to continue to keep the fund balance within limits, and to maintain this valuable program that protects Minnesota's environment.
Pesticide Rinsate Management
MDA would like to remind MCPR members that their facilities must apply pesticide or fertilizer rinsate / precipitation per label directions or in the case of fertilizer at a rate that will not cause environmental damage. Also, please be aware that pesticide rinsate, fertilizer or fertilizer rinsate, pesticide treated seed, are not accepted at waste pesticide collections operated by county Household Hazardous Waste facilities, or at collection events sponsored by the MDA. Please review the Pesticide Rinsate Management fact sheet linked below and dispose of rinsates as directed. Do not bring them for disposal through the waste pesticide collection program. Large volumes of rinsate deplete the revenues allocated to the disposal of straight pesticides that are no longer usable or wanted.
The American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance
The American Agronomic Stewardship Alliance (AASA) is a not-for-profit (501C (6)) organization that has taken the lead in developing a stewardship inspection program for agricultural retail facilities that store bulk, mini bulk, portable refillable containers (PRC's) and packaged crop protection products.
"Dedicated to leading the agricultural industry in educating, developing & promoting safe stewardship and best management practices for storing, handling and repackaging crop protection products throughout the distribution and retail supply chain."