Practical Farmers’ members identify pesticide drift as a critical issue facing horticulture farmers. PFI’s work on pesticide drift intends to expand the visibility of and conversation surrounding pesticide drift in Iowa while serving as an information hub for farmers.
What is pesticide drift?
Pesticide spray drift is the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air at the time of application or soon after, to any site other than the area intended. (EPA definition, 2017). Pesticide drift is illegal under Iowa Code §206.
If you have experienced pesticide drift, report the incident as soon as possible by calling the Pesticide Bureau at IDALS (515‐281‐8591). We encourage you to submit a description of the incident in writing via email to: pesticides@iowaAgriculture.gov in addition to your phone call.
We believe sharing experiences with pesticide drift help raise awareness of the issue among farmers, applicators, and rural residents. If you are willing to share your experience or have questions about pesticide drift, we’d love to hear from you: Contact Us.
- Protect Your Right to Farm: Pesticide Drift Response Guide for Iowa’s Farmers and Rural Residents
- Pesticide Drift and the Law: Regulations, Case Files and Articles
- Template Letters for notifying applicators and neighbors about sensitive crops and pesticide drift concerns
- Template email for reporting pesticide misuse incidents to the Pesticide Bureau.
- (This should be used in addition to a phone call to the Pesticide Bureau)
- List of Private Labs for Pesticide Residue Testing
(In 2016 the state approved a process to expedite analysis of pesticide residue samples on food crops at the State Lab. If applicable, discuss this option with the Pesticide Bureau when you report a drift incident.)
- Summary of Pesticide Drift Complaints 2008-2012
- The University of Iowa has created story map of pesticide misuse cases from 2010 – 2016, complete with ArcGIS files for download.
Farminar Recording: Pesticide Drift: Prevention and Response – Andy Dunham – 2015
Farminar Recording: Pesticide Drift: Response and Compensation – Rob Faux – 2014
Virtual Workshop: When Pesticide Drift Happens to You
You just had a pesticide drift incident, now what? Rob Faux and Emily Marquez from the Pesticide Action Network; Karen Varley, environmental lawyer; and Mark Smith from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship discuss the process of pesticide drift investigation, litigation and compensation in Iowa during and after a drift event.
Annual Conference Sessions
Improving Understanding Between Pesticide Applicators and Specialty Crop Growers – Brian Berst & Kevin Britten – 2017
Dr. Bob Hartzler – Can Herbicides Be Kept in Place – PFI 2018 Annual Conference
Video Series: Don’t Let Pesticides Drift