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8) Special authorization granted to help North Dakota farmers control weeds in sugarbeets


On May 2, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring issued a Special Local Needs (SLN) registration to Belchim Crop Protection.

It only applies to Pembina, Walsh, Grand Forks, Traill, Cass and Richland counties, as they are among the primary counties for sugarbeet production.

An SLN “means an existing or imminent pest problem within the state for which the state lead agency, based upon satisfactory supporting information, has determined that an appropriate federally registered pesticide product is not sufficiently available,” the Environmental Protection Agency says.

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