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Ag Marketing & Development Division Licensing Information


The Department of Agriculture administers 84 types of licenses regulating businesses such as food handling or pesticides. Our marketing division handles licenses, bonds, and audits for grain buyers, grain warehouse operators, public warehouses storing household goods, livestock dealers, packers and stockyards, and wholesale produce dealers.

Our main duties are to issue licensing, review financial statements; maintain bonds, review yearly inspections. Furthermore, we investigate claims and complaints as well as initiate a bonds claim process.

Minnesota is part of a growing trend in providing an efficient database for a self-service web site, farmers and other members of the agricultural industry can conveniently research information on their product of choice to make a better informed decision. Companies can also market their product by submitting information to be made available online. To access our licensing, you can either access our application forms or you can do a general search within our database.

Ag Marketing & Development Division License Types

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  • Livestock Dealer License
    Issued to persons (including packing companies) who is in the business of buying or selling livestock on a regular basis. The agents of livestock dealers are also required to be licensed. The license fee for a livestock dealer is $100 and $50 for each agent of a livestock dealer. The minimum amount for a livestock dealer bond is $10,000; a livestock dealer is required to have a bond in the amount equivalent to two days purchases.
  • Livestock Market Agency License
    The market agency license is issued to persons who sell consigned livestock for the account of others. The license fee for a livestock market agency is $300. The minimum amount for a livestock market agency bond is $10,000; a livestock market agency is required to have a bond in the amount equivalent to two days transactions.