The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) works cooperativly with the EPA on registration and regulation of pesticides in the state. Pesticides include herbicides (weed control), insecticides (insect control), fungicides (fungus control), rodenticides (prairie dogs, rate, mice, rodent control), avicides (birds) and predicides (coyotes, predators).
The SDDA provides certification of applicators and works with SDSU to provide necessary training of applicators in the state. In addition, the SDDA also conducts periodic inspections of retail facilities to ensure proper storage of products and that the appropriate recordkeeping is occurring.
The SDDA has the authority to investigate allegations that applicators do not have the proper credentials to apply certain products. Additionally, we have the authority to investigate claims of pesticide applications in a manner that is inconsistent with the label approved by the EPA and the SDDA.
If you have information about an alleged violation, contact the SDDA.
If you believe that you, a family member, your pet or livestock has been harmed from a pesticide exposure, immediately seek medical or veterinary attention.
If you feel you have personally sustained any other damage as a result of pesticide drift, we encourage you to speak to local law enforcement or contact private legal counsel to advise you of your rights.
HOW TO FILE A PESTICIDE INCIDENT
Notify the South Dakota Department of Agriculture of a pesticide incident by:
- Calling 605.773.4432
- Completing the Pesticide Incident Form