In order to clarify this matter, the term OPERATOR means the entity who will operated the chemigation system (all employees/family members involved in a joint farming operation whereby revenues and expenses are shared). Entity includes all employees. This definition does not mean that each employee or family member (see description) is required to be permitted.
Because OPERATOR'S change from year to year, and because operation of chemigation system entails maintenance/installation/operation of a system including but not limited to insuring that ALL antipollution equipment is present and operable, ALL OPERATORS of a chemigation system must have a permit and not just the original permittee.
This means that a site may have more than one chemigation permit. One for each OPERATOR.
A chemigation permit application is required to be filled out completely in order for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to determine compliance with Minnesota’s chemigation rule.
Failure to submit a complete application or the required fee will result in the MDA sending your permit application back as REJECTED. If you receive an application as REJECTED, chemigation is prohibited until you return a completed permit application to the MDA and receive a permit.
Chemigation systems are inspected by the MDA on an as needed basis to determine compliance. REJECTED sites are a top priority for MDA inspectors.
If a chemigation system is found to be in violation of Minnesota law, an ORDER prohibiting chemigation and other directives as necessary to insure compliance will be issued. In addition, enforcement action including financial penalties, may be taken by the MDA.
Please read the chemigation permit application carefully and fill in all required information. If you have any questions, call Jim Freilinger at 320-243-7382 or Jane Boerboom at 651-201-6540.
Jim Freilinger, Ag Chemical Consultant
Jane Boerboom, Supervisor
Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division