Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Fertilizer Act of 1961. Makes changes to the definitions. Provides for labeling requirements for fertilizers or custom blends. Provides that it shall be unlawful for misbranding or for the adulteration of a fertilizer within the State. Provides that the Director of the Department of Agriculture may refuse to register a fertilizer or cancel or suspend a fertilizer registration, custom blend, or fertilizer if certain specified claims are made. Permits the Director to issue and serve a written stop sale, stop use, or regulate removal upon an owner, operator, manager, or agent in charge of fertilizer. Creates the Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) for the purpose of pursuing nutrient research and providing educational programs to ensure the adoption and implementation of practices that optimize nutrient use efficiency, ensure soil fertility, and address environmental concerns with regard to fertilizer use. Provides that the Department has the authority issue subpoenas, temporary restraining orders, preliminary or permanent injunctions against any person from violating or continuing to violate any provision of the Act. Provides for penalties based on type of violation. Makes other corresponding changes. Effective January 1, 2012.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill with the following changes: makes changes in provisions concerning definitions of words and terms; registration; labeling; inspection fees; Nutrient Research and Education Council; inspection, sampling, and analysis; plant food deficiency; minimum plant food content; misbranding or adulteration; tonnage reports; records; publications; rules and regulation; short weight; cancellation, suspension, or refusal of registrations and licenses; stop sale; use or removal order; seizure, condemnation, and sale; location and operation; and hearing, notice, and injunction. Adds provisions concerning commercial value and home rule. Repeals a provision concerning fund appropriations. Effective January 1, 2012.
Replaces everything after the enacting clause with the introduced bill, as amended by Senate Amendment No. 1, with the following changes: makes changes in provisions concerning definitions of words and terms; registration; labeling; location and operation; violations; and hearing, notice, and injunction. Removes the provision concerning home rule. Effective January 1, 2012.