Plant Industries

Serving the citizens of Arkansas and the agricultural and business communities by providing information and unbiased enforcement of laws and regulations set by the Arkansas State Plant Board


Frequently Asked Questions - Fertilizer

Q: What is the difference between a fertilizer registration and a fertilizer facility license?
A. A fertilizer registration is required of all manufacturers and manipulators (in or out of state) of fertilizer and/or fertilizer materials who want to sell or offer for sale in Arkansas.

 A fertilizer facility license is required for each fertilizer blending and/or bulk storage facility located in Arkansas.

Q: What are the requirements to register a fertilizer product?
  Completion of an application for registration of fertilizer including a $25.00 registration fee per brand. The name of any commerical fertilizer or fertilizer material is considered as a distinct and separate brand when different in any aspect other than the grade or common name.

Q: What is a specialty fertilizer?
  A specialty fertilizer is any fertilizer distributed primarily for non-farm use, such as home gardens, lawns, shrubs, flowers, golf courses, municipal parks, cemeteries, greenhouses and nurseries. It may include fertilizers used for research or experimental purposes.

Q: How much is the tonnage fee and when is it due?
  The tonnage must be reported each month by the 20th of the following month which is being reported. A tonnage fee of $2.40 per ton is required for each ton or fractional ton. Sixty-two cents is remitted to the University of Arkansas for research and maintaining the soil testing laboratory.

Q: What is the penalty for a late fee?
  The tonnage reports are to be filed on or before the 20th of each month (Example: A March report is due on April 20th). 

  • For a tonnage report received 1-14 days late, the reporting fee is increased by 10%. 
  • For a tonnage report received 15-30 days late, the reporting fee is increased by 20%. 
  • For a tonnage report received 31 days or more late, the fee is doubled. 


Samples of feed, fertilizer and limestone are taken by area inspectors and submitted to the Plant Industries Division Chemistry Lab. Each is checked against the guarantees provided by the guarantor.

Monetary penalties are assessed against deficient fertilizer and lime samples. The specific amount is determined by the degree of deficiency and the weight, tonnage involved. Feed samples are placed under stop sale when deficiencies are found.

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