DES MOINES (NEWS RELEASE) - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey encourages farmers to use caution when handling bulk fertilizers and highlighted the regulations farmers must follow when selling fertilizer or making purchases.
"The dramatic volatility seen in fertilizer prices since last year has caused farmers and brokers to look at new suppliers and consider purchasing bulk fertilizer," Northey said. "It's vital that producers considering these options understand the regulations and are complying with Iowa's applicable laws."
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship licenses fertilizer dealers and inspect products to help protect customers and the environment. There are several laws and rules a farmer, broker, and dealer must comply with when handling different forms of fertilizer.
Law requires an Iowa Commercial Fertilizer license for anyone that sells, offers for sale or distributes fertilizer or soil conditioners in the state and must pay tonnage fees and ground water fees.
A farmer purchasing fertilizer for personal use does not need an Iowa Commercial Fertilizer License. Farmers must still purchase from a dealer with an Iowa license. Iowa farmers cannot sell fertilizer without a license.
"No matter the source or location, anyone selling fertilizer must maintain an Iowa license," Northey added.
Farmers must also follow all laws and rules regarding secondary containment, loading and unloading of liquid and non-liquid bulk fertilizers and placement restrictions of Anhydrous Ammonia storage locations. As a result, the following regulations apply:
Bulk Dry Fertilizers
Anhydrous Ammonia storage must comply with the following before installation and use:
"If you are considering adding on-farm storage of fertilizer or soil conditioner please contact the Department for more information and to make sure you are following all the applicable regulations," Northey said.
To contact the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Feed and Fertilizer Bureau you can reach Terry Jensen, Feed and Fertilizer Bureau Chief, at 515-281-8599 or email@example.com or Kevin Klommhaus, Fertilizer Program Administrator, at 515-242-6338 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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