Farmers and homeowners alike rely on seed and fertilizer labeling to determine which products to use and the proper application rates. The Division's Commodities program ensures that seed and fertilizer, as well as soil inoculants and lime, sold in New York State is true to its labeling. Products found in violation may be pulled from the market and additional penalties may apply.
Below are links to New York State laws, regulations and forms related to labeling, licenses, inspections, and reporting required for the sale of seed, fertilizer, lime, and plant inoculants.
Fertilizer Tonnage Reporting
Plant and Soil Inoculants
Ammonium Nitrate Inspection
The potential use of chemical fertilizers, particularly ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia, in the production of weapons of mass destruction and in the illegal manufacture of drugs has heightened concern with respect to their regulation and onsite security. Any person or entity in New York State that sells, offers for sale, or otherwise makes available, ammonium nitrate or regulated ammonium nitrate materials is required to register annually with the Department. All purchasers must provide proper identification and background information before purchasing ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate products. All sales records must be retained for a 2 year period and be available for inspection by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets or New York State Office of Homeland Security. Ammonium nitrate and ammonium nitrate materials must be stored in a secure location. Daily inspections by the establishment operators for attempted entry, vandalism and structural integrity are required. There are currently 10 establishments registered as ammonium nitrate retailers.