NOTE: North Dakota does not have liens specifically for veterinarians,
farriers or breeders. However, it does have an agricultural suppliers lien statute
that is broad enough to cover all three kinds of service providers.
NORTH DAKOTA CENTURY CODE
TITLE 35. LIENS
AGRICULTURAL SUPPLIER'S LIEN
35-31-01 Agricultural supplier's lien authorized.
Any person who furnishes supplies used in the production of crops, agricultural products, or livestock is entitled to a lien upon the crops, products produced by the use of the supplies, and livestock and their products including milk. As used in this chapter, the term "supplies" includes seed, petroleum products, fertilizer, farm chemicals, insecticide, feed, hay, pasturage, veterinary services, or the furnishing of services in delivering or applying the supplies. An agricultural supplier's lien filed in accordance with section 35-31-02 is effective from the date the supplies are furnished or the services performed. An agricultural supplier's lien filed as a security interest created by contract to secure money advanced or loaned for any purposes is not effective to secure a priority over liens filed under section 35-05-01.
35-31-02 Procedure to obtain lien.
To obtain an agricultural supplier's lien, except an agricultural supplier's lien for furnishing petroleum products, the person entitled to the lien, within one hundred twenty days after the supplies are furnished or the services performed, shall file a verified statement in the office of the register of deeds of any county in this state or in the office of the secretary of state. To obtain an agricultural supplier's lien for furnishing and delivering petroleum products, the person entitled to the lien, within one hundred fifty days after the petroleum products are furnished or delivered, shall file a verified statement in the office of the register of deeds of any county in the state or in the office of the secretary of state. The statement must contain the following information:
1. The name and address of the person to whom the supplies were furnished.
2. The name and address of the supplier.
3. A description of the crops, agricultural products, or livestock and their amount or number, if known, subject to the lien together with a reasonable description, including the county as to the location of the crops, agricultural products, or livestock and the year the crop is to be harvested or was harvested.
4. A description and value of the supplies and the first date furnished.
5. The social security number or, in the case of a debtor doing business other than as an individual, the internal revenue service taxpayer identification number of the person to whom the supplies were furnished.
The secretary of state shall prescribe one form that can be used to obtain a lien under this section or gain protection under the central notice system, or both. Before a supplier's lien is filed, a billing statement for the supplies furnished must include notice to the agricultural producer that if the amount due to the agricultural supplier is not satisfied a lien may be filed.
An agricultural supplier's lien obtained under the provisions of this chapter has priority, as to the crops or agricultural products covered thereby, over all other liens or encumbrances except any agricultural processor's lien.
35-31-04 Secretary of state to remove and destroy certain documents.
The secretary of state shall remove and destroy liens filed in the secretary of state's office pursuant to this chapter in the manner provided for in section 11-18-14 for the register of deeds.
35-31-05 Amendment of lien.
A lienholder may file an amendment to correct the social security or internal revenue service taxpayer identification number of the debtor, to correct the spelling of the debtor's or lienholder's name, or to correct or change the address of the debtor or lienholder. The secretary of state shall prescribe a form that may be used to amend or assign the agricultural supplier's lien that has been filed pursuant to section 35-31-02. The amendment or assignment of a lien does not affect the priority of the lien.
35-31-06 Fees -- Penalty.
The fee for filing an agricultural supplier's lien with the secretary of state or the county register of deeds is five dollars. The fee for filing a termination statement is five dollars. The termination fee must be paid at the time the fee for filing the lien is paid. The fee for filing an amendment or assignment of an agricultural supplier's lien is ten dollars. If a lienholder fails to file a termination statement within sixty days after the lien has been satisfied, the lienholder is liable to the debtor for one hundred dollars.
Amended in 1999.
Reviewed by AAHS in August 2001.
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