Commercial Fertilizer Dealers

​​​To distribute fertilizer products in Wisconsin:

  • You will need an annual license, valid August 15-August 14. Beginning in 2018, licenses will run from October 1-September 30. Licenses issued August 15, 2017, will be extended to September 30, 2018.
  • You may need a non-agricultural or special-use fertilizer permit.
  • You must submit an annual tonnage report and pay tonnage fees of 97 cents per ton on fertilizer distributed in Wisconsin July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018, and $0.62/ton on fertilizer distributed in Wisconsin July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

Current license holders receive renewal packets by mail, along with forms to report tonnage. New applicants can download application materials here. (See box at right)

Non-Agricultural and Special-Use Fertilizer Permits

If you distribute low-analysis fertilizers, you will need either a non-agricultural or special-use permit. Low-analysis fertilizers have less than 24 percent N-P-K. These permits remain in effect until you change the product's label or formulation.

  • Non-agricultural fertilizers are used on gardens, lawns, golf courses, greenhouses and nurseries and other non-farm uses, and for research.
  • Special-use fertilizers are for product labeled for remedying nutrient deficiencies unique to certain crops or local areas

Organizations Providing Fer​tilizer-Related Resources

​Cooperative Network 

Wisconsin Agri-Business Association

Association of American Plant Food Control Officials

The Fertilizer Institute


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