§ 2-7-8. Plant food deficiency.
(a) Penalty for nitrogen, available phosphoric acid or phosphorus and potash or potassium. If the analysis shows that a commercial fertilizer is deficient:
(1) In one or more of its guaranteed primary plant foods (NPK) beyond the "investigational allowances" as established by regulation; or
(2) If the overall index value of the fertilizer is below the level established by regulations, a penalty of three (3) times the commercial value of the deficiency or deficiencies shall be assessed
When a commercial fertilizer is subject to a penalty under both subdivisions (1) and (2), the larger penalty shall apply.
(b) Penalty for other deficiencies. Deficiencies beyond the investigational allowances as established by regulation in any other constituent(s) covered under § 2-7-3(8)(i)(B), (C) and (D), which the registrant is required to or may guarantee, shall be evaluated and penalties prescribed for these deficiencies by the director.
(c) Nothing contained in this section shall prevent any person from appealing to a court of competent jurisdiction praying for judgment as to the justification of any penalties assessed under this section.
(d) All penalties assessed under this section shall be paid to the consumer of the lot of commercial fertilizer, one ton minimum, represented by the sample analyzed within three (3) months after the date of notice from the director to the registrant, receipts taken for the penalties assessed and promptly forwarded to the consumer. If the consumers cannot be found, or the consumer was in possession of less than one ton of commercial fertilizer represented by the sample analyzed, the amount of penalty shall be deposited into the fertilizer quality testing fund.
(P.L. 1977, ch. 168, § 2; P.L. 1989, ch. 349, § 1.)