To facilitate the export of feed ingredients regulated by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), a certificate is prepared by the MDA attesting that:

  1. The feed product may be freely sold in Minnesota
  2. The product's guarantor holds a current Minnesota Commercial Feed License
  3. The ingredients in the feed are acceptable for inclusion in commercial feed distributed in Minnesota under the current Minnesota Commercial Feed laws and Rules, and are considered safe for animal consumption if used according to directions. 

Regulatory Requirements

  1. The product label must be compliant with all applicable Minnesota Laws and Rules
  2. The guarantor must be current with all applicable license and inspection fees (tonnage and/or product registration)
  3. There must be no outstanding compliance or enforcement issues with the guarantor. 

Physical Location Requirements

To be eligible for a free sale certificate, at least one of these physical location conditions is required: 

  1. The product's guarantor has a physical address in Minnesota

    OR

  2. The product's manufacturer has a physical address in Minnesota. In these cases the product's manufacturer must also have a current Minnesota Commercial Feed License in good standing. The manufacturer's license number as well as their Minnesota address must be indicated on the certificate application under this condition.

    OR

  3. The product's distributor has a physical address in Minnesota.  In these cases the product's distributor must also have a current Minnesota Commercial Feed License in good standing. The distributor's license number as well as their Minnesota address must be indicated on the certificate application under this condition. 

Under any of the above three conditions, the guarantor must have a current Minnesota Commercial Feed License in good standing and the guarantor's name and address must be indicated on the certificate application. 

Companies that do not satisfy any of the above physical location requirements should request a certificate from the state in which they are located. 

Fees and Application Requirements

  1. A nonrefundable application fee of $25.00 must accompany all certificates of free sale applications. 
  2. A nonrefundable fee of $50.00 per product must accompany all certificate of free sale applications. 
  3. All products to be included on a certificate of free sale application must have a label included with the application. 
  4. All product labels submitted are subject to review. Certificates will not be issued until product labels are fully compliant with all applicable Minnesota Laws and Rules. 

Applications should be mailed to the following address with payment and label(s) included: 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Attn: Cashier
625 Robert Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55155 - 2538