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SF 3003

1st Engrossment - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

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A bill for an act
relating to agriculture; requiring wholesalers of lawn fertilizer containing
phosphorous to provide retail signage; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006,
section 18C.60, by adding a subdivision; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2006,
section 18C.60, subdivision 4.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 18C.60, is amended by adding a
subdivision to read:


new text begin Subd. 5. new text end

new text begin Retail signage. new text end

new text begin (a) A wholesaler of lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus
must provide to each retail establishment offering its product for sale a conspicuous sign
stating the legal limitations on the fertilizer's use. "Conspicuous" means lettering in black
Arial typeface at least three-eighths of an inch in height against a bright contrasting
background. The sign must state:
new text end

new text begin "For the protection of water quality, Minnesota law prohibits application of lawn
fertilizer containing phosphorus except when:
new text end

new text begin (1) establishing a new lawn with seed or sod;
new text end

new text begin (2) a soil test or plant tissue test shows a need for phosphorus;
new text end

new text begin (3) applied on a golf course by a trained person; or
new text end

new text begin (4) applied on farms growing sod for sale."
new text end

new text begin (b) A retailer offering lawn fertilizer containing phosphorus must post a sign with
the fertilizer display.
new text end

new text begin (c) A wholesaler must provide instructions for posting the sign as described in
this subdivision and contact information for the Department of Agriculture where more
information can be obtained.
new text end

new text begin (d) A retailer may substitute signs provided by a wholesaler with an alternative sign
that meets requirements of paragraph (a).
new text end

Sec. 2. new text begin REPEALER.
new text end

new text begin Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 18C.60, subdivision 4, new text end new text begin is repealed.
new text end