BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is allowing border-area applicators of the controversial weed killer dicamba to do their mandatory training in Minnesota or South Dakota.

But the agency says applicators will need to carry evidence of the training in the field and be prepared to provide it to inspectors upon demand.

Non-resident applicators seeking a North Dakota pesticide certification also are being allowed to submit evidence of dicamba-specific training in another state with their application.

New federal rules classify dicamba as a restricted-use herbicide, and applicators are required to undergo training. The new rules are in response to complaints around the country of dicamba drift damaging neighboring crops.

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