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:
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.
A research fee of 17 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
An additional research fee of 10 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
A groundwater fee of 10 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
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)
Beginning on October 29, 1999, a weights and measures inspection fee of 2 cents per ton, with a minimum fee of $1.
does not apply to any of the following:
Fertilizer sold or distributed to a manufacturer for use in the further manufacture or processing of fertilizer.
Fertilizer sold or distributed to a person licensed under sub. (3) (a)
, for resale by that person.
The department shall deposit the fee under par. (a) 1.
in the agrichemical management fund.
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.
The department shall deposit the fee under par. (a) 4.
in the environmental fund for environmental management.
The department shall deposit the surcharge under par. (a) 5.
in the agricultural chemical cleanup fund.
Tonnage report and fee payment. 94.64(5)(a)
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:
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.
Pay the fees and surcharges under sub. (4)
on the tonnage reported under subd. 1.
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.
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.
A tonnage report under par. (a) 1.
shall report liquid fertilizer tonnage in terms of dry fertilizer tonnage equivalents, as prescribed by the department.
The department may audit a tonnage report under par. (a) 1.
, including the records on which the tonnage report is based.
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.
The department may not disclose information obtained under sub. (5)
that reveals the grades or amounts of fertilizer sold or distributed by any person. This subsection does not prohibit the department from preparing and distributing aggregate information that does not reveal the grades or amounts of fertilizer sold or distributed by individual sellers or distributors.
The department may by written notice, without prior hearing, summarily suspend the license of any person who fails to file a report or pay a fee or surcharge as required under sub. (5)
A summary license suspension under par. (a)
takes effect on the date specified in the notice, which may be no sooner than 10 days after the date on which the notice is received by the recipient.
A person whose license is suspended under par. (a)
may request a meeting concerning the suspension. The department shall hold an informal meeting with the requester as soon as reasonably possible and not more than 10 days after the requester makes the request in writing, unless the requester agrees to a later date. If the matter is not resolved at the informal meeting, the requester may request a formal contested case hearing under ch. 227
. A request for a hearing does not stay a summary suspension under par. (a)
A person who is required to pay a fee or surcharge under sub. (5)
remains obligated to pay the fee or surcharge regardless of whether the person continues to be licensed under this section.
It is unlawful for any person:
To distribute any fertilizer in violation of this section or rules promulgated under this section.
To make any false, deceptive or misleading guarantee, claim or representation in connection with the distribution of fertilizer.
To manufacture or distribute any fertilizer without a license required by sub. (3)
To make any false or misleading statement in an application for a license or in any inspection fee or statistical report, or in any other statement or report filed with the department.
Inspection, sampling and analysis. 94.64(8)(a)
The department shall inspect, sample and analyze fertilizer distributed within the state at such time and place and to such extent as is necessary to determine compliance with this section.
The department may enter, at all reasonable times, any building, conveyance or premises used in the manufacture and distribution of fertilizer in this state to determine compliance with this section and to stop any conveyance transporting fertilizer for the purpose of inspecting and sampling the fertilizer and examining its labeling.
Manufacturers or distributors of fertilizer shall submit to the department, on request, fertilizer samples, copies of labeling or any other data or information which the department requests concerning composition and claims and representations made for fertilizer manufactured or distributed by them in this state.
Use of funds.
At the end of each fiscal year, the moneys collected under sub. (4) (a) 2.
and s. 94.65 (6) (a) 3.
shall be forwarded to the University of Wisconsin System to be used for research on soil management, soil fertility, plant nutrition problems and for research on surface water and groundwater problems which may be related to fertilizer usage; for dissemination of the results of the research; and for other designated activities tending to promote the correct usage of fertilizer materials.
Fertilizer research council.
The fertilizer research council shall recommend projects to be financed by fertilizer research funds. Members of the council shall meet at least annually to select projects to recommend for funding. The recommendations shall be made by majority vote of the council. If the University of Wisconsin System is unable to carry on the projected research, the council may recommend other appropriate nonprofit research institutions or agencies for receipt of funds.
The department may promulgate rules:
Requiring that the guaranteed analysis of phosphorus and potassium be expressed in the elemental form. If adopted, such rule shall not take effect prior to July 1, 1972, and shall provide for an additional period of at least 5 years during which both the oxide and the elemental guarantees for phosphorus and potassium may be given on the same label.
Regulating the sale and labeling of fertilizer, including warning or caution statements or directions for use in connection with the labeling of fertilizer.
Governing methods of sampling, testing, examining and analyzing fertilizer.
Prescribing tolerances for deficiencies found in percentages of plant nutrient guaranteed to be present.
Prescribing the manner in which grade and guaranteed analysis shall be declared on the label.
Establishing standards of identity and purity for fertilizer materials.
Prescribing standards for the exemption of mixed fertilizers from the requirement under sub. (3m) (a)
Establishing standards and procedures to review an application for a permit or an amended permit for the distribution of a nonagricultural or special-use fertilizer under sub. (3m) (b)
The department shall publish, at least annually, and in such form as it deems proper, information concerning the sales of fertilizers, together with other data on their production and use as it considers advisable, and a report of the results of the analyses based on official samples of fertilizers sold within the state compared with the analyses guaranteed on the product label. Information concerning the production and use of fertilizers shall be shown separately for the periods July 1 to December 31 and January 1 to June 30 of each year. No disclosure shall be made of the operations of any person.
Stop sale orders.
The department may issue and enforce a written or printed stop sale order to the owner or custodian of any lot or container of fertilizer distributed in violation of this section or of rules promulgated under this section. The order shall prohibit the sale or removal of the fertilizer, except as authorized by the department, until it has been brought into compliance with the law or until a plan for disposition is agreed upon with the department in writing. The stop sale order shall have the effect of a special order under s. 93.18
and shall be subject to judicial review if, within 10 days after service of the order, a request for a hearing is made to the department.
Temporary holding orders.
A temporary holding order may be issued whenever the department has reason to believe any lot or container of fertilizer may not be in compliance with the law pending further evaluation or laboratory examination and analysis. A temporary holding order shall be effective for no more than 15 days but may be extended for an additional 15-day period as may reasonably be necessary to complete sampling, analysis and evaluation of the fertilizer and its labeling. The fertilizer shall be released prior to the expiration of such temporary period if found to be in compliance with the law. If found to be in violation of the law, the temporary holding order shall be extended by notice, in writing, to the owner or custodian and a stop sale order issued prohibiting the further movement or disposition of the fertilizer without consent of the department, subject to the right of hearing before the department if requested within 10 days after service of such notice and stop sale order.
Seizure, condemnation and sale.
Fertilizer not in compliance with this section shall be subject to seizure on complaint of the department to a court having jurisdiction. If the court finds that the fertilizer is in violation of this section and orders the seizure thereof, it shall be disposed of as the court directs. Disposition shall not be ordered by the court without first granting the owner or custodian, at his or her request, reasonable opportunity to reprocess or relabel the fertilizer under supervision of the department to bring it into compliance with this section.
Upon petition of the department any court having equity jurisdiction may grant a temporary or permanent injunction restraining any person from violating or continuing to violate this section or any rules thereunder notwithstanding the existence of other remedies at law.
Any person who violates this section or any rule issued thereunder shall forfeit $50 for the first violation and not less than $200 nor more than $500 for any subsequent violation. Any willful violation shall constitute a misdemeanor and any person convicted thereof shall be fined not less than $250 nor more than $5,000 or imprisoned in the county jail not more than one year or both.
It is the duty of each district attorney to whom any violation is reported to cause appropriate actions or proceedings to be instituted for the collection of forfeitures or enforcement of other remedies. In any enforcement action the court may, in addition to other penalties provided in this subsection, order restitution to any party injured by the purchase of fertilizer sold in violation of the law. If the violator is convicted of a crime, restitution shall be in accordance with s. 973.20
See also ch. ATCP 40
, Wis. adm. code.
A local government is not preempted by s. 94.701 (3) (a) from regulating the phosphorous content in weed and feed products. A weed and feed product is both a pesticide, which under s. 94.701 (3) (a), only the state can regulate, and a fertilizer, which local government can regulate. The definition of both “pesticide" and “fertilizer" as including a mixture of the two preserves both state regulation of pesticides and local regulation of fertilizers. The state regulates the pesticide components of the mixed products, local government the fertilizer components. Croplife America. Inc. v. City of Madison, 432 F.3d 732
Restrictions on the use and sale of fertilizer containing phosphorus. 94.643(1)(a)
“Fertilizer" has the meaning given in s. 94.64 (1) (e)
, except that “fertilizer" does not include manipulated animal or vegetable manure or finished sewage sludge product.
“Manipulated" means ground; pelletized; mechanically dried; packaged; supplemented with substances, including plant nutrients, that do not contain phosphorus; or otherwise treated in a manner designed to facilitate sale or distribution as a fertilizer or soil or plant additive.
“Turf" means land, including residential property, golf courses, and publicly owned land, that is planted in closely mowed, managed grass, except that “turf" does not include pasture, land used to grow grass for sod, or any other land used for agricultural production.
Except as provided in par. (b)
, no person may intentionally apply to turf fertilizer that is labeled as containing phosphorus or available phosphate.
does not apply to a person who applies fertilizer in order to establish grass, using seed or sod, during the growing season in which the person began establishing the grass.
does not apply to a person who applies fertilizer to an area if the soil in the area is deficient in phosphorus, as shown by a soil test performed no more than 36 months before the application by a laboratory.
No person may apply fertilizer, manipulated animal or vegetable manure, or finished sewage sludge product to turf when the ground is frozen.
No person may intentionally apply turf fertilizer, manipulated animal or vegetable manure, or finished sewage sludge product to an impervious surface. A person who accidentally applies turf fertilizer, manipulated animal or vegetable manure, or finished sewage sludge product to an impervious surface shall immediately remove it.
Restriction on sale.
No person may sell at retail turf fertilizer that is labeled as containing phosphorus or available phosphate if the person knows that the purchaser intends to use the fertilizer for a purpose other than one of the following:
For establishing grass, using seed or sod, during the growing season in which the purchaser began establishing the grass.
For application to an area if the soil in the area is deficient in phosphorus, as shown by a soil test performed no more than 36 months before the application by a laboratory.
For application to pasture, land used to grow grass for sod, or any other land used for agricultural production.
Restriction on display.
No person who sells fertilizer at retail may display turf fertilizer that is labeled as containing phosphorus or available phosphate. A person who sells fertilizer at retail may post a sign advising customers that turf fertilizer containing phosphorus is available upon request for uses permitted by sub. (2) (b)
Any person who violates this section may be required to forfeit not more than $50 for a first violation and not less than $200 nor more than $500 for a 2nd or subsequent violation.
History: 2009 a. 9
Fertilizer and pesticide storage. 94.645(1)(b)
“Bulk pesticide" means liquid pesticide in a container larger than 55 gallons or solid pesticide in undivided quantities greater than 100 pounds.