2013 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 22 - Agriculture. Domestic Animals
Chapter 427a - Connecticut Fertilizer Law of 2008
Section 22-111t - Guarantees. Inspection and analysis. Deficiencies. Penalties.

CT Gen Stat § 22-111t (2013) What's This?

(a) For unacidulated mineral phosphatic material and basic slag, bone, tankage and other organic phosphatic materials, the total phosphate and degree of fineness may be guaranteed. Guarantees for plant nutrients other than nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium shall comply with the provisions of public act 09-229* and with regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 22-111j. Guarantees for other nutrients shall be expressed in the form of the primary element of such other nutrient. The commissioner may require the source of other nutrients, including, but not limited to, oxides, salts and chelates, to be stated on the product label and application for registration. Other beneficial substances or compounds, determinable by laboratory methods, may be guaranteed by permission of the commissioner and with the advice of the director. Any guaranteed plant nutrients or other substances or compounds shall be subject to inspection and analysis in accordance with regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 22-111j. Specialty fertilizers may be guaranteed in fractional units of not greater than one per cent of total nitrogen, available phosphate, soluble potash, fertilizer materials, bone meal and manures and similar materials may be guaranteed in fractional units.

(b) If analysis shows a fertilizer is deficient in one or more of its guaranteed primary plant nutrients beyond the investigational allowances and compensations as established by public act 09-229* or by any regulation adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 22-111j, a penalty payment of three times the value of such deficiency shall be assessed by the commissioner against the violator.

(c) All penalties assessed by the commissioner pursuant to this section shall be paid by the registrant to the consumer of the lot of fertilizer represented by the sample analyzed not later than three months after the date of notice from the commissioner to the registrant. If the commissioner is unable to locate or identify such consumer, such penalty payments shall be paid to the commissioner, who shall deposit the same into the General Fund. If the commissioner finds upon satisfactory evidence that a person has altered the content of fertilizer supplied to him or her by a registrant, or to have mixed or commingled fertilizer from two or more suppliers such that the result of either alteration changes the analysis of the fertilizer as originally guaranteed, the commissioner shall require such person to obtain a registration and such person shall be held liable for all applicable penalty payments and be subject to any other applicable provisions of public act 09-229* or any regulation adopted by the commissioner pursuant to section 22-111j, including, but not limited to, seizure, condemnation and a stop sale order by the commissioner.

(d) A deficiency in an official sample of mixed fertilizer resulting from nonuniformity shall not be distinguishable from a deficiency due to actual plant nutrient shortage and shall be subject to action by the commissioner pursuant to sections 22-111a to 22-111j, inclusive, and 22-111l to 22-111x, inclusive.

(e) Nothing contained in this section shall prevent any person from commencing an action in Superior Court for damages or penalty payments relating to fertilizer or fertilizer material.

(P.A. 09-229, S. 9.)

*Note: Public act 09-229 is entitled “An Act Concerning Milk Producers, Milk and Milk Products, Agricultural Not-For-Profit Organizations and the Modernization of Connecticut Fertilizer Law”. (See Reference Table captioned “Public Acts of 2009” in Volume 16 which lists the sections amended, created or repealed by the act.)

History: P.A. 09-229 effective July 1, 2009.

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