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Reporting Inspection and Tonnage Fee

Every licensee must submit tonnage reports and tonnage-based inspection fees once a year. Licensees will file one annual report for July 1 - June 30 each July.


Licensees use the Inspection and Tonnage Fee Report Form to file Feed Tonnage reports covering July 1 - June 30 annually.


  • $0.30/ton and $0.15/ton for wet by-products > 60% moisture
  • The inspection fee is $0.15 per ton on feed ingredients that are by-products of manufacturing processes and have a moisture content equal to or greater than 60%
  • Most reports will have a $50 minimum inspection fee. For example, any licensee that manufactures/distributes 166 tons or less of feed pays $50, and any licensee that manufactures/distributes 167 tons or more of feed pays $0.30 per ton (i.e., 167 tons x $0.30 = $50.10). Exception: If a licensee did not manufacture/distribute any feed product during the reporting period no minimum payment is due, however section “J” will need to be completed.
  • Licensees file one annual report for July 1 - June 30 each July

Inspection Fees

Inspection fees are used to help pay for the commercial feed inspection and sampling activities of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). The Animal Feed Safety Section routinely inspects manufacturers and distributors of animal feeds for compliance with labeling, sanitation, and other requirements that protect consumers and enable fair competition. The Animal Feed Safety Inspection staff also collects commercial feed samples that are tested for nutrients and animal drugs guaranteed on labels.

The inspection fees assessed to commercial feed manufacturers and distributors in Michigan are based on the quantity of feed distributed, rather than the number of products distributed. Once a year, every licensee must pay the Department an inspection fee of $0.30/ton and $0.15/ton for wet by-products > 60% moisture. The fee is levied on each ton of commercial feed manufactured/distributed in this state. The inspection fee and statement of commercial feeds manufactured/distributed in Michigan must be reported on a form provided by MDARD.

Filing Deadlines

File annually, by the last day of July, a statement stating the number of tons of commercial feed distributed in this state during the preceding July 1 to June 30 period. The inspection fee and tonnage shall be reported on forms furnished or approved by the director. Refunds of less than $5.00 will not be processed unless requested in writing.  For any report not filed with the department by the due date, a penalty of $50.00 or 10% of the amount due, whichever is greater, shall be assessed. The assessment of a penalty fee does not prevent the department from taking other actions as provided in this act.

License holders who have not received their reporting form by July 1st should immediately contact MDARD at 800-292-3939, or send an email to