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USDA NOP Rules & Guidelines

National Pesticide Information Center

National Organic Standards that relate to pesticide testing

What is a buffer zone? PDF by the USDA AMS office

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What GMOs Mean to Organic Growers? by E. Vinje

Monsanto wins again over seed saving by Deniza Gertsberg

A study in South Dakota found that over 85% of roadside-growing canola plants were GMO contaminated.

Organic Growers and Seed Association

Save Our Crops website

Institute For Responsible Technology – A comprehensive website on dangers of GMOs

History of Transgenic Crops – Colorado State University

GM Watch – An independent organization that seeks to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry and its supporters.

GMO Journal – Food Safety Politics

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EPA and the FAA Resources

2018-2021 FIFRA Cooperative Agreement Guidance    Is South Dakota meeting the requirements?  The SD Department of Agriculture, by agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is responsible for enforcing the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). (7 U.S.C. §136 et seq.) FIFRA relates directly to the manufacture, distribution, sale, use and disposal of pesticide products.


Each pesticide has a unique label with directions for application and use for each applicable crop type.  They also contain the list of active ingredients and precautions, as well as recommendations for application. If the crop is not listed on the label, the pesticide is not approved for use on that crop and the allowable residue level is 0.  Labels are reviewed by the EPA.  Restricted use pesticides are subject to the labeling requirements specified in 40 CFR Part 156, including the requirements set out in 40 CFR 156.10(j)(2) described further in PR Notice 93-1.  If there is a restricted use, the labeling requirements for restricted use must be followed

See EPA Label Review Manual.


The list of resources are constantly being updated and are provided as a guide to help you better understand and navigate the regulatory laws and guidelines as it applies to organic farms and specialty crops.