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Fertilizer Bill Appears Dead for this Legislative Session

Thursday, October 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gregg Robertson
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SpreaderHARRISBURG – Senate Bill 792, which would regulate the sale and application of lawn fertilizer, appears to be dead this session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The current legislative session ends at midnight November 30, 2018. All bills not passed by that date die and must be reintroduced when the new session begins January 1, 2019.

New Registration and Regulatory Program

SB 792 would create a new registration and regulatory program within the Department of Agriculture (PDA) that would include new registration fees for businesses, require a new training and certification program for fertilizer applicators and regulate when and how much fertilizer could be applied to lawns and other turf grass. For a more detailed summary of the bill’s provisions go to the June PLNA E-News.

PLNA Testimony Stops Bill

In June, PLNA testified on the bill before the Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee outlining our members’ concerns with the bill. That testimony effectively stopped the bill from advancing in the House.

PLNA Recommends Compromise

In August, PLNA recommended to legislators and PDA a plan to incorporate the best practices for lawn care contained in the bill into the existing Category 07 Lawn and Turf Grass of the pesticide certification program. This would not require a new regulatory program or fees. PLNA is working with PDA and legislators to see that this approach is incorporated into a new fertilizer bill that could be introduced next session.

PLNA estimates that his approach in place of the regulatory program proposed in SB 792, would save the industry $5 million per year in fees, implementation costs and lost time due to duplicative employee training. 


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