License Minnesota

Commercial Feed License

The Commercial Feed Program administers the Minnesota Commercial Feed Law. The law is applicable to all commercial manufacturing and distribution activities involving feed, feed ingredients and feed additives for all animals, including livestock, aquaculture, pets and specialty pets. The commercial feed program licenses persons manufacturing, guaranteeing and/or distributing commercial feed in or into the state of Minnesota, processes inspection fees (tonnage fees), and lists (registers) small package pet and specialty pet food products in lieu of inspection fees.

Agency contact information:

Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 201-6000 | (800) 967-2474 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
Dairy and Food Inspection Division
Commercial Feed Program
Contact Info: For licensing, tonnage inspection fees, pet food listings or other commercial feed questions: (651) 201-6027

Website:

Commercial Feed Program

License Information System (LIS) Lookup a License 

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 25.31

Rules:

MINNESOTA RULES 1510.1930-1510.2230 1510.2500-1510.2595

Forms:

Commercial Feed License Application
-Contact DFID Licensing Line at (651) 201-6062, or email at MDA.DFID.Licensing@state.mn.us

New Listing for Pet Food Products Distributed in Minnesota

New Listing for Specialty Pet Food Products Distributed in Minnesota

Report of Commercial Feed Tonnage Distributed in Minnesota for the Calendar Year

Application for Certificate of Free Sale for Animal Feed

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Agriculture website, Commercial Feed Program section.

Requirements:

Commercial Feed License

(1) A commercial feed license is required if a person manufactures, distributes, or guarantees commercial feed, including pet and specialty pet foods in or into Minnesota. The annual license fee is $25 per location.

(2) A late filing fee of $50 is added to the annual license application fee if:
-An INITIAL license application is not filed with the MN Dept. of Agriculture prior to manufacturing, guaranteeing or distributing a commercial feed, including pet and specialty pet foods, in or into Minnesota, or
-A RENEWAL application is not filed with the MN Dept. of Agriculture by December 31.

Inspection and listing fees and reports:

(1) REPORT TONNAGE: Applicants who distribute in or into Minnesota any commercial feeds, including pet food or specialty pet food, in must submit an annual Report of Commercial Feed Tonnage Distributed (AG-00123).

(2) PAY ANNUAL INSPECTION FEE: Applicants who distribute in or into Minnesota any commercial feeds, EXCLUDING pet foods and specialty pet foods distributed EXCLUSIVELY in packages of TEN POUNDS OR LESS, must pay an annual inspection fee of $10 or 16 cents per ton, whichever is greater. 

(3) SUBMIT ANNUAL LISTING AND PAY LISTING FEE IN LIEU OF INSPECTION FEE: Applicants who distribute in or into Minnesota any pet food or specialty pet food product under their label, EXCLUSIVELY in small packages (containers of TEN POUNDS OR LESS), must submit an annual listing application, supply product labels, and pay a listing (registration) fee ($50 per small package pet food product or $25 per small package specialty pet food product) in lieu of the inspection fee.

Listing applications, product labels, and listing fees are required to be received prior to the time of initial distribution and before July 1 annually thereafter.

A late filing fee of $10 per small package product is added to the annual listing fee if the small package product was distributed before filing the INITIAL listing or if the RENEWAL listing is not received by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture before July 1.

Period of Issuance:

A) January 1-December 31 - License

B) Tonnage fees due by January 31 for previous year.

C) Listing are 7/1 - 6/30.

Other Pertinent Information:

See Minn. Stat. § 25.31-.43.

Licenses are not transferable.

The commissioner may request from a licensee copies of labels and labeling in order to determine compliance with the Minnesota Feed Law.