License Minnesota

Fertilizer License

A person may not sell or distribute bulk fertilizers for use on agricultural lands, custom apply fertilizers, or manufacture, blend, or otherwise manipulate fertilizers without first obtaining a license from the commissioner for each fixed location where the person does business within the state and one license for all fixed locations that are located outside of the state.

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)
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management Division
Licensing and Certification Unit
(651) 201-6379
Contact Info: Carol Durden, Fertilizer Program Administrator


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Fertilizer Licensing

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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.


Minn. Stats. 18C.415




Fertilizer License Application  

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Agriculture website, MDA Forms section at Fertilizer Licensing.


Applicants who manufacture or formulate fertilizer products must also submit a copy of a label/label facsimile and all labeling material used in this state for the promotion of each product manufactured or formulated.

Fertilizer licensees must file an annual tonnage report for the previous year ending June 30 stating the number of net tons and grade of each raw fertilizer material sold or distributed in Minnesota during the reporting period. Tonnage reports are due on or before the last day of the month following the close of the reporting period.

Tonnage reports are not required to be submitted by a licensee who distributes fertilizer solely by custom application.

The inspection fee rate is set at $10 or 70 cents per ton of fertilizer, whichever is greater, plus an Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement surcharge of 30 cents per ton.

If a tonnage report is not filed with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture within 31 days after the end of the reporting period, a penalty fee of $50 or 10% of the total inspection fee due on that report, whichever is greater, is added to the inspection fee due.

Refer also to the MDA Fertilizer Licensing FAQs.


Annual license application fee - $100 (non refundable), plus an Agricultural Chemical Response and Reimbursement surcharge of $50

Late fee of one-half of the license application fee is added to annual license application fee for RENEWAL applications that are not filed with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture by January 1.

Period of Issuance:

January 1 - December 31

Length of Determination Process:

1-2 weeks.