California Fertilizer Regulations Are Topic of Public Hearing and Comment Opportunity

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is holding a hearing on July 5, 2016, in Sacramento on proposed changes to the law that regulates fertilizer production and sales in California.

CDFA is also accepting comments on these proposed changes through June 27, 2016.

Proposed changes include:

  • A list of ingredients in decreasing amounts is required for packaged soil amendments and organic input material (OIM) bulk soil amendments.
  • Liquid OIMs with a nitrogen guarantee greater than 3 percent must submit an OIM inspection report annually.
  • The Secretary of Agriculture will maintain a list of registered fertilizing materials on the web.
  • Anyone who sells or distributes an unregistered fertilizing material shall be subject to administrative penalties.
  • Removes the requirement that CDFA inspect OIM manufacturers annually, makes annual inspections optional.
  • Requires that all locations which manufacture liquid OIMs with a total nitrogen claim higher than 3 percent be inspected at least twice per year, with one inspection being unannounced.

Visit the CDFA web page, which has links to the notice of proposed rulemaking, initial statement of reasons, proposed text, and notice of public hearing. (These are listed under Fertilizing Materials Inspection Program.)

Meeting details:

  • Date: July 5, 2016, 10 a.m. – noon
  • Location: CDFA office, 2800 Gateway Oaks Dr., Room 101, Sacramento, CA

Submit comments to and/or contact for more details:

Nick Young, Supervising Special Investigator II
Feed, Fertilizer, and Livestock Drug Services Branch
California Department of Food and Agriculture
1220 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: (916) 900-5022; Fax: (916) 900-5349