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Fertilizer or Lime Registration

All Fertilizer, Soil Conditioners*, and Agricultural Liming Material manufactured, or distributed in Massachusetts must be registered.

A Tonnage report (TONS) is required to be submitted twice a year, including the fee of 0.15 cents per ton (Minimum fee of $5.00). Setting forth the number of net tons of each grade of fertilizer, registered soil conditioner, and agricultural liming material sold in the commonwealth during the preceding six months. Tonnage reports will be mailed out by the department semi-annually to firms registered in the state.

All specialty (non-farm use) fertilizer, Soil conditioners*, or Agricultural Liming material distributed in Massachusetts must be registered by using the appropriate form provided below (FERT or LIME). An application for registration of these materials must include the labels of each product being registered, the $100 per product registration fee, a name and mailing address of the manufacturer or distributor, the brand and product name, the grade, and the guaranteed analysis.

Manufacturers and distributers of products intended for agricultural use only, are required to apply for and pay the $250 fee for the annual license. All Ag-use only products must be listed on the license application.

All Firms are required to register or renew by the first of February Annually. Failure to renew on time will result in a late fee of $25 per product on renewals and will be required no later than April First. All Registrations (FERT and LIME) and license to manufacture (CMFL) expire on the thirty-first day of December each year.

*SOIL CONDITIONERS are defined as any manipulated substance or mixture of substances whose primary function is to modify the physical structure of soils, so as to favorably influence plant growth, except unmanipulated animal and vegetable manures, marl, lime, limestone, wood ashes, and gypsum. Examples of unmanipulated vegetable manures are hay, straw, peat, and leaf mold. Charcoal, sand, pumice, and clay are unmanipulated natural substances. Title XIX, Chapter 128 Section 64.

Deven Chiasson, Fertilizer Control Official, 617-913-3023, Deven.Chiasson@mass.gov

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