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The Florida Fertilizer Dealer Bond requirement was repealed effective July 1, 2014.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services no longer enforces this bond requirement.
Florida fertilizer dealer bonds previously ensured fertilizer dealers accurately reported fertilizer volume sold as provided in section 576.041 of the Florida Statutes and paid the Commissioner of Agriculture the fee-per-ton as determined and required by Chapter 576 of the Florida Statutes. If the principal failed to conduct business according to these terms, the bond protected harmed parties from financial loss.
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What’s the fine print?
Fertilizer dealer bonds in Florida were continuous until canceled. The principal or surety could cancel the bond upon giving written notice of cancellation to the other party and the Commissioner of Agriculture 30 days prior to the desired date of termination.
How to become a fertilizer dealer in Florida
Applicants can apply to become a licensed fertilizer dealer on the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services website.
Florida’s Commercial Fertilizer Law (Chapter 576 FS) requires a person whose name appears on a fertilizer label as guarantor to obtain a fertilizer license in the amount of $200. All licenses expire annually on June 30.
Once an applicant has been issued a license to distribute fertilizer in Florida, they will be issued a password and user ID to update registration information and report monthly fertilizer tonnage data.