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Governor Dayton Issues Emergency Executive Order 18-07 to Increase Fertilizer Access for Minnesota Farmers

May 16, 2018

ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton today signed Emergency Executive Order 18-07, to deliver emergency relief from regulations incorporated in Minnesota Statutes, section 221.0314, subdivision 9, pertaining to hours of service for motor carriers and drivers delivering fertilizers in Minnesota.  The Minnesota Grain and Feed Association was one of those advocating for this exemption on behalf of fertilizer retailers.

Due to the late spring, Minnesota farmers are facing a delayed and shortened planting season. This delay has resulted in farmers from multiple states starting field work at the same time, causing a regional fertilizer shortage, and requiring drivers to travel further distances to acquire product. The Governor’s Emergency Executive Order will provide temporary relief from regulations on the hours drivers can work, to help ensure a sufficient supply of fertilizer and other resources are available to retailers and  farmers to complete planting.  This exemption is for 30 days.

 A copy of the Emergency Executive Order can be found on the Governor’s website here.


*OSHA Hazard Communication Standard Program Guidance Doc

*MN Dept. of Revenue Storage & Warehousing Fact Sheet

Hazard Communication Program Template

Minnesota Statutes 297A.69 Agricultural Exemptions

Grain Elevator Cost Schedule Manual

Record Retention

Warning - Zero Tolerance for Treated Seed in Grain - Poster Available

As planting gets underway across Minnesota, your farmer customers need to be reminded about the importance of taking precautions to ensure treated seed does not enter the grain supply. The Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Grain Standards Act allows ZERO TOLERANCE for treated seed occurring in grain. A poster warning your customers of this zero tolerance policy is available here. The use of seed treatment technologies, including neonicotinoid insecticide treatments, is an effective tool to provide the necessary protection of seeds for a strong, healthy start. It is essential that those who treat, handle, transport, and plant treated seed manage them properly and in accordance with the label instructions to minimize the risk of pesticide exposure to non-target organisms. For detailed information about stewardship of treated seed, check out www.seed-treatment-guide.com


MN Unit Train Loading Elevator Facilities

A list of unit train loading elevator facilites in the state of Minnesota, their track capacity and elevator service road.


Grain Elevator Manual

The Grain Elevator Manual is a cooperative effort of the MAAO Agricultural Committee and the MN Department of Revenue. Over the last 15 to 20 years, grain elevators have gone through many changes and are being affected by many factors. Please note the functional and economic obsolescence sections in the front of the manual. If you have any questions about the manual, please contact Tom Houselog, Chairman of the Grain Elevator Cost Schedule subcommittee at 507-283-5022 or by email at tom.houselog@co.rock.mn.us. Click the link in the box (at right) for a PDF of the manual.


February 24, 2014

Ag Census Shows Farm Numbers Drop, Size Holds Steady, Farmers Get Older

 Preliminary data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture released this week at the USDA 2014 Outlook Conference shows the number of U.S. farms has dropped, while existing farm size is holding fairly steady larger overall.  Read more...