2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 4 - Agriculture And Domestic Animals
Section 4:9-15.3 - Definitions.

NJ Rev Stat § 4:9-15.3 (2016) What's This?

4:9-15.3 Definitions.

3.As used in this act:

(a)"Commercial fertilizer" means a fertilizer material, mixed fertilizer or any other substance containing one or more recognized plant nutrients which is used for its plant nutrient content, which is designed for use or claimed to have value in promoting plant growth, and which is sold, offered for sale, or intended for sale; except that it shall not be considered to include unmanipulated animal or vegetable manures, agricultural liming materials, or wood ashes.

(b)"Specialty fertilizer" means a commercial fertilizer distributed primarily for nonfarm use, such as home gardens, lawns, shrubbery, flowers, golf courses, parks, cemeteries, greenhouses, and nurseries.

(c)"Customer formulated mix" means a commercial fertilizer prepared expressly for, and according to specifications furnished prior to mixing by, the customer.

(d)"Soil conditioner" means any substance intended or claimed to improve the chemical, physical or biological characteristics of the soil which is sold, offered for sale, or intended for sale; except that it shall not be considered to include decomposed organic material having an ash content not exceeding 25% by dry weight, unmanipulated animal or vegetable manures, agricultural liming materials, or any other materials that may be exempted by regulation.

(e)"Brand" means a term, design, or trademark used in connection with a soil conditioner or with one or more grades of commercial fertilizer.

(f)"Grade" means the percentage of total nitrogen, available phosphoric acid, and soluble potash stated in whole numbers in the same terms, order, and percentages as in the guaranteed analysis; provided, however, that fertilizer materials, bone meal, and similar raw materials may be guaranteed in fractional units.

(g)"Guaranteed analysis" means the minimum percentage of plant nutrients claimed and set forth in the manner prescribed in subsection 10(c) of this act.

(h)"Index value" means an expression of the actual analysis of a fertilizer compared to the guaranteed analysis determined according to the following formula. Multiply the total nitrogen value by 3, the available phosphoric acid value by 2, and the soluble potash value by one, and then add these figures separately for the actual analysis and for the guaranteed analysis to obtain, respectively, the total actual value and the total guaranteed value. The index value is obtained by dividing the total actual value by the total guaranteed value.

(I)"Official sample" means any sample of commercial fertilizer or soil conditioner taken by an agent of the Department of Agriculture and designated as "official" by the department.

(j)"Person" includes any individual, partnership, association, firm, or corporation.

(k)"Distributor" means any person who imports, consigns, manufactures, produces, compounds, mixes, or blends commercial fertilizer or soil conditioner or who offers for sale, sells, barters, or otherwise supplies such products in this State.

(l)"Licensee" means a person who is licensed, or is required to be licensed, to distribute commercial fertilizers or soil conditioners under the provisions of this act.

(m)"Manufacturing facility" means any place where a commercial fertilizer or soil conditioner is manufactured, produced, compounded, mixed, blended, or in any way altered chemically or physically.

(n)"Label" means the display of all written, printed, or graphic matter on the immediate container or a statement accompanying a commercial fertilizer or soil conditioner.

(o)"Labeling" means all written, printed, or graphic matter on or accompanying any commercial fertilizer or soil conditioner, or the contents of any advertisements, brochures, posters, or television or radio announcements used in promoting the sale of such commercial fertilizer or soil conditioner.

(p)"Ton" means a net weight of 2,000 pounds avoirdupois.

(q)"Per cent" or "percentage" refers to the percentage by weight.

(r)"Department" means the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and includes the State Board of Agriculture, the Secretary of Agriculture, the State Chemist, and all employees and agents thereof.

(s)"State board" means the State Board of Agriculture of New Jersey.

(t)"Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture of New Jersey.

(u)"State Chemist" means the person appointed by the State board, subject to the supervision of the secretary, for the purpose of administering this act.

(v)"Restricted commercial fertilizer" means any commercial fertilizer that in the judgment of the State Chemist, in consultation with the Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, has the potential to be used as a "destructive device" as defined in subsection c. of N.J.S.2C:39-1 or an "explosive" as defined in subsection e. of N.J.S.2C:39-1 or otherwise presents an unreasonable threat to public safety. "Restricted commercial fertilizer" shall include, but not be limited to, the chemical compound ammonium nitrate.

L.1970,c.66,s.3; amended 1983, c.419; 2005, c.37, s.1.


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