Crop and Pest Management Guidelines

A Cornell Cooperative Extension Publication

1.10 FIFRA 2(ee) Recommendations

FIFRA authorizes certain limited variations from the pesticide use directions on pesticide labels. These "2(ee) recommendations" allow:

  1. Use at any dosage, concentration, or frequency less than specified on the labeling unless prohibited by the labeling.
  2. Use against a target pest not specified on the labeling unless the label says otherwise.
  3. Using any method of application not prohibited by the labeling.
  4. Mixtures with fertilizer unless prohibited by the labeling.

In New York State, 2(ee) recommendations must be approved in writing by the NYSDEC. However, pesticides applied for agricultural purposes at less than label rate (item 1 above) and mixtures with fertilizer (item 4 above) do not require this approval. A 2(ee) recommendation request may only be made by recognized research institutions, certified crop advisers, manufacturers (registrants), or organizations representing individual users. Individual users cannot request 2(ee) recommendations. No fee is required for a 2(ee) recommendation request.

NOTE: Applicators must have the approved 2(ee) recommendation in their possession at the time of application in order for the use to be legal.

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