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Specialty Fertilizer Product Renewal Information


Specialty Fertilizer Product Renewal Information

All registrations of specialty fertilizer products expire on December 31. You will receive your Specialty Fertilizer Registration Renewal application by mail. Make any corrections, deletions or additions to the application. If more space is needed, please use the reverse side of application.

Effective August 1, 2003 fertilizer products in the state which exceed the 500 ppm threshold must be recalled by the registrant or manufacturer. The fertilizer registrant or manufacturer is responsible for ascertaining their products arsenic concentration and not allowing products which exceed 500 ppm to be sold in Minnesota. Any fertilizer products found being offered for sale which exceeds the 500 ppm arsenic level will be placed, by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), on Stop-Sale and Ordered to be removed from the state.

For future product registration and manufacturer licensure a company representative will certify that all fertilizers submitted for registration or requiring a license comply with Minnesota Statutes, Section 18C.401 Subd. 5. when signing and submitting an application for registration or license. Applications received which do not include the arsenic self certification will not be processed until the information is offered to the MDA.

The new Fertilizer Law provision, 18C.401, Subd. 5, applies to all fertilizer products. The MDA, based on product surveys and literature review, may require that verification be submitted for certain products containing micronutrients, waste or ash. Verification of arsenic concentrations will be done through the submittal of a laboratory analysis report. Laboratory analysis to determine the arsenic concentration must be done using sample prep method 3050B or 3051A and conform to analysis methods in US EPA Pub SW-846, third edition. Submission of verification information is the responsibility of the product registrant or manufacturer, not the local retailer or custom blender selling to the end user. The MDA may, in the future, expand verification to additional products should it be necessary.

If verification of arsenic concentrations by submission of a laboratory analysis report (as described above) is required, it will be required only at the time of initial registration or manufacturer licensure or when the base raw materials or their sources are changed. If a products composition does not change a report of analysis will not be during the time of renewal. A penalty of 50% of the registration fee will be assessed to all renewal applications postmarked after December 31.

Labels and labeling used in promoting the sale of the products you are registering must be submitted for all new and conditionally (*) registered products. Labels for renewal products need only be submitted if label modifications have been made since last submission. No registration will be granted until product labels have been submitted for all new and conditionally (*) registered products.


Frequently Asked Questions

My product labels and MSDS have not changed. Do I need to include them with my renewal application?

NO. Labels and MSDS for renewal products need only be submitted if label modifications have been made since last submission, products are listed as conditional on the renewal application, or if new products are added on the renewal application.

What does the asterisk (*) mean in the column marked "Cond"?

This indicates that the product was conditionally registered for the previous registration period due to the product label not complying with MDA regulations. If the labeling issues were not addressed as required, registration may be denied.

Can we add new products to the renewal form or do we need a separate application?

YES. Products can be added to the bottom or reverse side of the renewal form. If you need additional new product registration applications, you can download a (new) specialty fertilizer registration application (PDF: 89 KB / 1 page) or contact our office.

We are closed the last two weeks of the year for Christmas. Is it possible to waive the late fee?

NO. Minnesota Statute, Chapter 18C.425, Subdivision 4 states: If an application for renewal of a registration of a specialty fertilizer is not filed before January 1 of the year, as required, an additional application fee of one-half of the amount due must be paid before the renewal registration may be issued. The envelope containing your renewal application must be postmarked by December 31st.

Does Minnesota have a law that regulates metals in fertilizers?

YES.  Minnesota Statutes, Section 18C.401 Subd. 5. states “The commissioner may not license or register for sale or use in Minnesota any fertilizer containing more than 500 parts per million by weight of arsenic.”

Do I need to submit a report of arsenic analysis with each fertilizer registration or license application? 

Reports of arsenic analysis are no longer required to be submitted at the time of product registration or licensing.  Instead a company representative will certify that all fertilizers submitted for registration or requiring a license comply with Minnesota Statutes, Section 18C.401 Subd. 5. when signing and submitting an application for registration or license.  However, reports of arsenic analysis should be on file and available if requested by the MDA.

How is compliance with Minnesota’s metals standard monitored?  

The MDA may choose to conduct random audits by requesting reports of arsenic analysis from registrants and license holders.  The MDA may also require reports of arsenic analysis prior to the approval of products that contain micronutrients, waste or ash derived fertilizer or filler materials.

I have a report of analysis for my fertilizer products that includes a list of other heavy metals.  Can I submit copies of these reports when a report of arsenic analysis is requested? 

YES.  However, the laboratory sample preparation and analysis procedures must be completed using the methods listed below.

Analysis Method Method Number
Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) 6010, 6010A, 6010B
Atomic Absorption (AA) 7060A (Furnace Technique) or 7061A (Gaseous Hydride)*
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP/MS) 6020

Use sample preparation method 3050B or 3051A. *A specific sample preparation method is detailed within the analytical procedure description for this method of analysis.

When requested to submit a report of arsenic analysis can I submit an analytical report for each raw material used to manufacture my fertilizer products? 

NO.  An analytical report must be submitted for each fertilizer offered for sale requiring a license or registration?

What is the definition of an ash derived fertilizer or filler material?

Definition: Ash is a waste product of the incineration of materials including but not limited to municipal solid waste, biosolids, animal manure, coal, wood or other plant materials or a combination of these materials.

What is the definition of a waste derived fertilizer or filler material?

Definition: Waste-derived fertilizer is a commercial fertilizer that is derived from an industrial byproduct or other material that would otherwise be disposed of. This may include solid or hazardous wastes, but does not include regulated biosolids or wastewater.

Which plant nutrients are defined as micronutrients?

Boron (B), Chlorine (Cl), Cobalt (Co), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sodium (Na) and Zinc (Zn). A report of Arsenic (As) analysis is required for any fertilizer that guarantees one or more of these nutrients on the product label.

Are calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and sulfur (S) defined as micronutrients?

NO. They are defined as secondary nutrients. A report of Arsenic (As) analysis IS NOT required if a product contains ONLY the primary nutrients N, P2O5, or K2O and/or the secondary nutrients Calcium (Ca), Magnesium (Mg), or Sulfur (S).

My product is a combination pesticide & fertilizer product (ex: weed and feed). Do I need to register this product as both a fertilizer and a pesticide?

YES. All combination products are required to be registered as pesticides and as specialty fertilizers. For pesticide product registration information, please contact Mrs. Juanita Rodriguez at 651-201-6583. When renewing your pesticide and specialty fertilizer products please review your applications to make sure that all combination products are appropriately registered.

MDA Contact

Carol Durden, State Program Administrator
Carol.Durden@state.mn.us
651-201-637

Pesticide & Fertilizer Management Division