94.64(1)(m) (m) “Official sample" means a sample of fertilizer taken by a representative of the department in accordance with methods prescribed by department rules.
94.64(1)(n) (n) “Packaged fertilizer" means any type of fertilizer sold in closed containers.
94.64(1)(o) (o) “Percent" and “percentage" mean the percentage by weight.
94.64(1)(p) (p) “Plant nutrient" means boron, calcium, chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nitrogen, phosphorus or available phosphate, potassium or potash, sodium, sulfur, zinc or any other chemical element recognized as a plant nutrient by department rule.
94.64(1)(pm) (pm) “Sewage sludge" means the residue material resulting from the treatment of sewage. In this paragraph, “sewage" has the meaning specified in s. 281.01 (13).
94.64(1)(q) (q) “Special-use fertilizer" means fertilizer designed and labeled for use in remedying nutrient deficiencies which are unique to certain crops or certain local areas.
94.64(1)(r) (r) “Ton" means a net ton of 2,000 pounds avoirdupois.
94.64(1)(t) (t) “Unmanipulated animal or vegetable manure" means animal or vegetable manure which has not been treated by mechanical drying, grinding or pelletizing, by adding a substance or by any other means.
94.64(2) (2) Labeling.
94.64(2)(a)(a) Any packaged fertilizer, including packaged custom mixed fertilizer, distributed in this state shall have placed on or affixed to the package a label setting forth in clearly legible and conspicuous form the following information:
94.64(2)(a)1. 1. Name and address of the licensed manufacturer or distributor.
94.64(2)(a)2. 2. Brand or product name.
94.64(2)(a)3. 3. Grade.
94.64(2)(a)4. 4. Guaranteed analysis.
94.64(2)(a)5. 5. Net weight.
94.64(2)(b) (b) Any fertilizer distributed in this state in bulk shall be accompanied by a written or printed invoice or statement to be furnished to purchaser at time of delivery containing in clearly legible and conspicuous form the following information:
94.64(2)(b)1. 1. Name and address of the licensed manufacturer or distributor.
94.64(2)(b)2. 2. Name and address of the purchaser.
94.64(2)(b)3. 3. Date of sale.
94.64(2)(b)4. 4. Brand or product name.
94.64(2)(b)5. 5. Grade.
94.64(2)(b)6. 6. Guaranteed analysis.
94.64(2)(b)7. 7. Net weight.
94.64(2)(c) (c) In lieu of grade and guaranteed analysis, custom mixed fertilizer sold in bulk may be labeled to show the weight and grade of each material in the mixture and total weight of the mixture. Grade shall be indicated if a grade is specified by the purchaser.
94.64(2)(d) (d) All fertilizer in bulk storage shall be identified with a label attached to the storage bin or container giving the name or grade of the product.
94.64(2)(e)1.1. Guaranteed analysis for the primary nutrients of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium shall be expressed on the label in the following order and form: - See PDF for table PDF
94.64(2)(e)2. 2. If elemental guarantees are required by department rule under sub. (9) (a), the guaranteed analysis shall be expressed in terms of percentage of available phosphorus and potassium.
94.64(2)(e)3. 3. Additional plant nutrients, besides nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, claimed to be present in any form or manner shall be guaranteed on the elemental basis. Other beneficial substances or compounds, determinable by laboratory methods, may be guaranteed if approved by the department.
94.64(3) (3) Fertilizer license.
94.64(3)(a)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., no person may manufacture or distribute fertilizer in this state without an annual license from the department. A separate license is required for each business location and each mobile unit at which the person manufactures fertilizer. A license expires on September 30 annually and is not transferable between persons or locations.
94.64(3)(a)2. 2. Notwithstanding subd. 1., a person who distributes only any of the following is not required to obtain a license under subd. 1.:
94.64(3)(a)2.a. a. Fertilizer materials to manufacturers for further manufacturing.
94.64(3)(a)2.b. b. Packaged fertilizer that is in its original container as packaged and labeled by the manufacturer or distributor.
94.64(3)(a)2.c. c. Bulk fertilizer that the person obtains for resale purposes from a licensed manufacturer or distributor and that is labeled as required under sub. (2) (b) 1., 4., 5. and 6., with label information furnished by the licensed manufacturer or distributor.
94.64(3)(b) (b) An applicant for a license under par. (a) shall submit an application on a form provided by the department. The application shall include information reasonably required by the department for licensing purposes. As part of the application, the applicant shall identify each business location or mobile unit that the applicant uses to manufacture fertilizer in this state. The application shall be accompanied by all applicable fees under sub. (3r).
94.64(3)(c) (c) A person who has been issued a license under this subsection shall annually, on or before the date the person's license expires, notify the department that the person intends to maintain, amend, or discontinue the license.
94.64(3m) (3m) NPK Percentage requirement; exemption permits.
94.64(3m)(a)(a) No person may distribute mixed fertilizer in which the sum of the guarantees for nitrogen, available phosphate and soluble potash totals less than 24 percent unless:
94.64(3m)(a)1. 1. The mixed fertilizer is exempted from this requirement by department rule; or
94.64(3m)(a)2. 2. The mixed fertilizer is a nonagricultural or special-use fertilizer and the person obtains a permit from the department authorizing its distribution as a nonagricultural or special-use fertilizer.
94.64(3m)(b) (b) An application for a permit under par. (a) 2. shall be on a form prescribed by the department and shall be accompanied by a proposed product label and a nonrefundable fee of $25. The department may require that the applicant substantiate, by scientific evidence:
94.64(3m)(b)1. 1. The efficacy and usefulness of the nonagricultural or special-use fertilizer if applied under conditions existing in this state at the amount and frequency recommended by the applicant.
94.64(3m)(b)2. 2. The truth of any statement made in the proposed product label or in the permit application.
94.64(3m)(c)1.1. If the department finds that the applicant has fulfilled the requirements of par. (b), the department shall issue the permit.
94.64(3m)(c)2. 2. If the department finds that the applicant has failed to meet the requirements of par. (b), the department shall issue a notice of denial of the permit.
94.64(3m)(d) (d) Any person who wishes to change the active ingredient contents or the recommended amount or frequency of application of a nonagricultural or special-use fertilizer for which the person has received a permit under par. (c), shall apply to the department for an amended permit. Paragraphs (b) and (c) apply to the issuance of amended permits.
94.64(3m)(e) (e) No person who has been issued a permit or amended permit under this subsection may:
94.64(3m)(e)1. 1. Transfer the permit or amended permit to another person.
94.64(3m)(e)2. 2. Distribute or promote the distribution of the nonagricultural or special-use fertilizer using any performance, use or efficacy claim which exceeds that allowed by the permit or amended permit or which is inconsistent with the approved product label.
94.64(3m)(f) (f) Issuance of a permit or amended permit under this subsection is neither an endorsement nor a warranty by the department.
94.64(3r) (3r) License fees and surcharges.
94.64(3r)(a) (a) A person applying for a license under sub. (3) shall pay the following annual license fees:
94.64(3r)(a)1. 1. For each business location and each mobile unit that the applicant uses to manufacture fertilizer in this state, $30.
94.64(3r)(a)2. 2. If the applicant distributes, but does not manufacture, fertilizer in this state, $30.
94.64(3r)(b) (b) A person applying for a license under sub. (3) shall pay the following agricultural chemical cleanup surcharges:
94.64(3r)(b)1. 1. For each business location and each mobile unit that the applicant uses to manufacture fertilizer in this state, $20, except as provided in s. 94.73 (15).
94.64(3r)(b)2. 2. If the applicant distributes, but does not manufacture, fertilizer in this state, $20, except as provided in s. 94.73 (15).
94.64(3r)(b)3. 3. For each business location and each mobile unit that the applicant uses to distribute bulk fertilizer in this state, $25 in addition to the surcharge under subd. 2., except as provided in s. 94.73 (15).
94.64(3r)(c) (c) The department shall deposit the license fees collected under par. (a) in the agrichemical management fund. The department shall deposit the surcharges collected under par. (b) in the agricultural chemical cleanup fund.
94.64(4) (4) Tonnage fees and surcharges.
94.64(4)(a) (a) Requirement. Except as provided in par. (b), a person who is required to be licensed under sub. (3) and who sells or distributes fertilizer in this state shall pay to the department the following fees and surcharges on all fertilizer that the person sells or distributes in this state:
94.64(4)(a)1. 1. A basic fee of 30 cents per ton for fertilizer sold or distributed beginning on July 1, 2001, and ending on June 30, 2012, and 23 cents per ton for fertilizer sold or distributed after June 30, 2012, with a minimum fee of $25.
94.64(4)(a)2. 2. A research fee of 17 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
94.64(4)(a)3. 3. An additional research fee of 10 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
94.64(4)(a)4. 4. A groundwater fee of 10 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
94.64(4)(a)5. 5. An agricultural chemical cleanup surcharge of 10 cents per ton on all fertilizer that the person sells or distributes in this state, except as provided in s. 94.73 (15).
94.64(4)(a)6. 6. Beginning on October 29, 1999, a weights and measures inspection fee of 2 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
94.64(4)(b) (b) Exemptions. Paragraph (a) does not apply to any of the following:
94.64(4)(b)1. 1. Fertilizer sold or distributed to a manufacturer for use in the further manufacture or processing of fertilizer.
94.64(4)(b)2. 2. Fertilizer sold or distributed to a person licensed under sub. (3) (a), for resale by that person.
94.64(4)(c) (c) Use of fees and surcharges.
94.64(4)(c)1.1. The department shall deposit the fee under par. (a) 1. in the agrichemical management fund.
94.64(4)(c)2. 2. The department shall credit the fee under par. (a) 2. to the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (7) (h).
94.64(4)(c)3. 3. The department shall credit the fees collected under par. (a) 3. to the appropriation account under s. 20.285 (1) (k) for the University of Wisconsin-Extension outreach services.
94.64(4)(c)4. 4. The department shall deposit the fee under par. (a) 4. in the environmental fund for environmental management.
94.64(4)(c)5. 5. The department shall deposit the surcharge under par. (a) 5. in the agricultural chemical cleanup fund.
94.64(4)(c)6. 6. The department shall credit the fee under par. (a) 6. to the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (1) (j).
94.64(5) (5) Tonnage report and fee payment.
94.64(5)(a) (a) Requirement. A person who is required to pay fees or surcharges under sub. (4) shall do all of the following annually, on or before the date the license expires:
94.64(5)(a)1. 1. File with the department a report that states the number of tons of each grade of fertilizer sold or distributed in this state during the 12 months ending on June 30 of that year on which the person is required to pay those fees or surcharges.
94.64(5)(a)2. 2. Pay the fees and surcharges under sub. (4) on the tonnage reported under subd. 1.
94.64(5)(b) (b) Extended deadline. The department may extend the filing deadline under par. (a) for up to 30 days for cause, in response to a request filed before the filing deadline.
94.64(5)(c) (c) Late payment. If a person fails to pay a fee or surcharge when due under this section, the amount of the fee or surcharge is increased by $10 or 10 percent of the amount that the fee or surcharge would have been if paid when due, whichever is greater.
94.64(5)(d) (d) Tonnage equivalents. A tonnage report under par. (a) 1. shall report liquid fertilizer tonnage in terms of dry fertilizer tonnage equivalents, as prescribed by the department.
94.64(5)(e) (e) Audit. The department may audit a tonnage report under par. (a) 1., including the records on which the tonnage report is based.
94.64(6) (6) Records. A person who manufactures, sells or distributes fertilizer in this state shall keep records showing the grades and quantities of fertilizer manufactured, sold or distributed in this state. The person shall keep the records relating to the 12 months covered by a report under sub. (5) (a) 1. for at least 24 months following the date of filing the report. The person shall make the records available to the department for inspection and copying upon request.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 19, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 19, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-19-19)