AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
22-611. Penalties. (1) If the analysis shows that any fertilizer deviates from the guaranteed analysis in any plant nutrient, micronutrient, or in total nutrients, a penalty shall be assessed in favor of the department at the rate of three (3) times the value of the deficiency or twenty-five dollars ($25.00), whichever is greater, when the deviation exceeds the tolerances established by rules promulgated under this chapter. Provided, that penalties for any specialty fertilizer that deviates from the guaranteed analysis in any plant nutrient, micronutrient, or in total nutrients shall be determined as authorized under section 22-619, Idaho Code, and rules promulgated pursuant to this chapter.
(2) All penalties assessed under this section or any rule hereunder on any one (1) fertilizer, represented by the sample analyzed, shall be paid to the department within three (3) months after the date of notice from the department to the registrant. The department shall deposit the amount of the penalty into the "commercial feed and fertilizer fund."
(3) Nothing contained in this section or any rule hereunder shall prevent any person from appealing to a court of competent jurisdiction for a judgment as to the justification of such penalties imposed under subsections (1) and (2) of this section.
(4) Penalties payable as provided for in subsections (1) and (2) of this section or any rule hereunder shall in no manner be construed as limiting the consumer’s right to bring a civil action in damage against the registrant paying the penalties.
(5) Penalties for short weights, both packaged and bulk, shall be assessed at the rate of three (3) times the invoiced value if the deficiency exceeds the tolerances established by rule.
[22-611, added 2000, ch. 295, sec. 2, p. 1019; am. 2004, ch. 108, sec. 1, p. 382.]