Waste Fee Increase Effective Dec. 1

— Written By and last updated by Dawn Stone

The basic fee for nutrient analysis of waste and compost samples will increase from $5 to $8 per sample, effective December 1, 2013. If you have any questions, please call the Agronomic Division at 919-733-2655.

The notice from the Agronomic Division is below:

On August 29, 2013, the Board of Agriculture approved an increase in the basic fee for nutrient analysis of waste and compost samples from $5 per sample to $8 per sample. The Board of Agriculture also requested NCDA&CS to follow the temporary rulemaking process so that the new fee could be incorporated into the North Carolina Administrative Code as soon as possible. On November 6, 2013, the Board voted to formally adopt the rule change in 02 NCAC 37 .0202. Clients will be assessed the higher fee of $8 per waste sample beginning December 1, 2013.


  • Waste analysis helps growers make responsible decisions about the use of farm, municipal and industrial wastes and their by-products as fertilizer for crop production.
  •  The last time that the waste sample fee was increased was July 1, 2005. At that time, the fee was increased from $4.00 to $5.00/sample.
  •  Special tests can be requested for some waste sample types. These optional tests include calcium carbonate equivalence (CCE), heavy metals, and inorganic nitrogen (NO3-N and NH4-N). The fee for each optional test is $10/sample.
  • Out-of-state waste samples are accepted, but these are charged a fee of $25/sample.
  • Research waste samples are analyzed at cost of $12/sample.
  • In fiscal year 2013, the Agronomic Division analyzed approximately 15,800 waste samples.