Pesticide drift is a serious concern. Prevention is the first step. These resources can help you protect your land.
Click If Drift Occurs for immediate steps to take.
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Steps to Take if Drift Occurs
- If you are not feeling well, immediately see your family doctor or go to the emergency room. Pesticide exposure should not be taken lightly.
- Write down the date, time, and location of incident. Include details such as wind direction, consequences from the spray drift, and owner of land intentionally sprayed.
- Contact your state’s pesticide enforcement agency. Call the agency as soon as possible, ideally within 48 hours of the incident.
- Illinois Department of Agriculture: 217-785-2427
- Indiana – Office of Indiana State Chemist: 800-893-6637
- Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship: 515-281-8591
- Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development: 800-292-3939
- Minnesota Department of Agriculture: 651-201-6333
- North Dakota Department of Agriculture: 701-328-4752
- South Dakota Department of Agriculture: 605-773-4432
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection: 608-224-4500
From the Organic Broadcaster:
Each year since Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant Xtend seeds hit the market, farmers and rural communities have braced for record levels of pesticide drift. This season, the number of reports is even higher despite the new label restrictions for applications. Read more.
Deciding who is responsible for damages in a pesticide drift situation can be challenging, as organic farmers in Minnesota discovered when they sued a pesticide applicator. Read more.