Minnesota statutes authorize the MDA to regulate the licensing, labeling, sales and distribution of fertilizer and soil amendments. The MDA Fertilizer Licensing program promotes fair trade and responsible business practices to ensure uniform labeling and licensing standards; consumer awareness and protection.
A person may not sell (18C.005) or distribute bulk fertilizers for use on agricultural lands, custom apply fertilizers, or manufacture, blend, or otherwise manipulate fertilizers without obtaining an MDA license. A license is needed for each business location within and outside of Minnesota. (18C.415)
A distributor may not transport, mix or manipulate fertilizer without an MDA license for each mobile unit. (18C.415) This includes but is not limited to mobile units used to convert 10-34-0 or other grades of liquid or dry fertilizer.
A person may not sell (18C.005), manufacture or distribute bulk fertilizers for use on agricultural lands, custom apply (for hire), blend or otherwise manipulate fertilizers without an MDA license for each business location within and outside of the state. (18C.415). Any person who applies fertilizer (for hire) - whether it is custom, blended, bagged, bulk or liquid - must obtain an MDA license. This is required to apply fertilizer to lawns, plants, trees, shrubs and interior landscapes.
The application for license must include a completed license application form and the appropriate application fees. (18C.415) The annual application fee is $100 for each business location within and outside of the state. Application fees are nonrefundable (18C.425) and are renewed annually from January 1 to December 31. Licenses are not transferable to other locations or persons (18C.415).
Renewal applications are mailed to applicants each November. You must mail your renewal in before January 1. A $50 penalty will be added to license renewals postmarked after December 31 (18C.425). In addition, a surcharge of $50 for the Agricultural Chemical Response & Reimbursement Account (ACRRA) is due with each application. (18E.03). Each business must post its fertilizer license in a conspicuous place (18C.415)
Carol Durden, State Program Administrator