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Nursery certification and plant regulation

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is responsible for the administration of the Nursery Law (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 18H) the purpose of which is to prevent the introduction into and the dissemination within the state of harmful plant pests. To accomplish this, nursery stock produced for sale must be inspected annually and certified free of harmful plant pests. Stock originating outside Minnesota must be officially certified under all applicable quarantines at origin.

  • Persons selling nursery stock in Minnesota must have a valid Minnesota nursery stock dealer or nursery stock grower certificate. They must also sell only certified nursery stock and provide documents to verify certification of stock offered for sale.

The inspection and certification program provides a vital service to the nursery industry and protects consumers from purchasing problems. Annual inspections serve to reduce losses to harmful pests as problems are detected and treated before they can cause more serious damage. The certified stock can move freely within the United States and special certificates are issued for export. A standard of quality is maintained to assure the industry as well as consumers that the product they are purchasing is viable and in a healthy condition.
Nursery Law - Minnesota 2003 Laws, Chapter 128, Article 5

Nursery Certificate Fees

Nursery Stock Grower Certificate

(1) less than one-half acre $200
(2) from one-half acre to two acres $250
(3) over two acres up to five acres $375
(4) over five acres up to ten acres $425
(5) over ten acres up to 20 acres $600
(6) over 20 acres up to 40 acres $750
(7) over 40 acres up to 50 acres $900
(8) over 50 acres up to 100 acres $1,300
(9) over 100 acres up to 150 acres $1,400
(10) over 150 acres up to 200 acres $1,500
(11) over 200 acres up to 350 acres $1,600
(12) over 350 acres up to 500 acres $1,700
(13) over 500 acres $1,700 plus $3 for each additional acre

Nursery Stock Dealer Certificate

(1) gross sales up to $5,000 $225
(2) gross sales over $5,000 up to $20,000 $250
(3) gross sales over $20,000 up to $50,000 $350
(4) gross sales over $50,000 up to $75,000 $450
(5) gross sales over $75,000 up to $100,000 $600
(6) gross sales over $100,000 up to $200,000 $750
(7) gross sales over $200,000 up to $300,000 $850
(8) gross sales over $300,000 up to $400,000 $1,050
(9) gross sales over $400,000 up to $500,000 $1,250
(10) gross sales over $500,000 $1,350