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California Department of Food and Agriculture

Feed, Fertilizer and Livestock Drugs Regulatory Services

fertilizing Materials inspection program

1220 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  •  916-900-5022  •  Fax: 916-900-5349  •  fertilizer@cdfa.ca.gov

The Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program is an industry-funded program that ensures consumers receive fertilizing materials that are safe and effective and meet the quality and quantity guaranteed by the manufacturer. The program's three arms include registration, inspection and research.

blue wedge Fertilizer Materials Registration (+/-)
    Learn how to register a fertilizer product, find helpful forms.

The fertilizer registration program ensures fertilizer products are in compliance with California Code of Regulations for fertilizer. Product labels are reviewed in the order they are submitted. It generally takes 60 to 90 days to complete a fertilizer registration. It is unlawful to sell an unregistered fertilizer product in California. To ensure your product fulfills registration, please begin the registration process 6 months in advance of planned date of first sale.


blue wedge Organic Input Materials Registration (OIM):
    Register a fertilizer product for Organic food and crop production


blue wedge Fertilizer Materials Resources (+/-)
    Find your local inspector, find currently registered products, see fee schedule.

  • FIND YOUR INSPECTOR
    (PDF Map) fertilizer material inspector map
  • CURRENT FERTILIZING MATERIALS INFORMATION
  • FERTILIZING MATERIALS COMPLAINT FORM
    Use this form to communicate complaints about fertilizing materials
  • Fertilizing Materials Inspection Fees
    A licensee whose name appears as the guarantor on the label who sells or distributes bulk fertilizing materials to the end user or whose name appears on the label of a packaged fertilizing material shall pay to the secretary an assessment not to exceed two mills ($0.002) per dollar of sales of all fertilizing materials. In addition, the secretary may impose an assessment in the amount not to exceed one mill ($0.001) per dollar of sales of fertilizing materials to provide funding for research and education regarding the use and handling of commercial and organic fertilizer, including environmental effects. The current assessment is one mill ($0.001) per dollar of sales for all fertilizing materials, and an additional one mill ($0.001) per dollar of sales of fertilizing materials to provide funding for research and education regarding the use and handling of commercial and organic fertilizer, including environmental effects. Inspection fees are due on a quarterly basis.

blue wedge Fertilizing Research and Education Program (FREP)
    Find nutrient information for many crops, see what's new in fertilizer research


blue wedge Fertilizer Materials Publications (+/-)


blue wedge More Fertilizer Information (+/-)
    Information on the Fertilizer Inspection Advisory Board, New legislation, and more.