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S.D. Issues Warning About Pesticide Phone Scams

Products must be registered in the state.

Be wary of buying pesticides and other farm inputs over the phone.

Each year, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture receives reports of telephone scams involving pesticides, says Brad Berven, SDDA pesticide program administrator.

Both federal and state pesticide laws and regulations apply to these sales. Pesticides must be registered by the SDDA before being offered for sale, he says.

When buying pesticides over the phone ask for the product's EPA registration number and review the label for the percent of active ingredient and the application rates, Berven advises.

The cost per acre, not per gallon, needs to be compared to the cost per acre of the products normally used.

Also, ask for the seller's name, company name, address and telephone number.
If the salesperson will not provide you with this information, it is likely that the pesticide product is being sold illegally.

Sometimes phone solicitors sell legitimate products, but exaggerate claims or promote them for uses for non-labeled uses. They also may be selling products with much less active ingredient than is necessary to perform properly.

If you are uncertain whether a pesticide is registered for use in South Dakota, or if you have concerns about the claims the company is making, contact SDDA. The law provides some protection for purchasers of unregistered products.

Buying your pesticide products from local established dealers and sales representatives is the best way to get the full value from your purchases, Berven says.

Call him for more information at 800-228-5254.

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