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Farm Products Central Notice (UCC-1/CNS-1 & UCC-3/CNS-3)

If a secured party, who has perfected a security interest in crops or livestock, intends to impose liability for such security interest against a crop or livestock buyer, the name of the secured party must appear on the most current Central Notice list distributed by the Secretary of State. In order to appear on the list a secured party must complete the CNS-1 portion of the UCC-1/CNS-1 form.

The proper place to file in order to impose liability for farm product security interest against a crop or livestock buyer is with any of the 53 County Recorder's offices or with the Secretary of State's office.

The CNS-1 portion requires both the debtor and secured party to sign.

Any CNS filing will be rejected if it does not have all of the following:

  • Each debtor’s SSN or TIN;
  • Each debtor’s signature;
  • Secured party’s signature;
  • Address for debtor and secured party;
  • Some collateral listed.

Use the Uniform Commercial Code Financing Statement Standard UCC-1/CNS-1 (SFN 14009) (40kb pdf) to perfect a security interest in farm products. This form has been designed to allow the filing of both the UCC-1 and the CNS on the same form for one fee.

CNS Farm Products - Amendments - UCC-3/CNS-3

If the Uniform Commercial Code financing statement(UCC-1) and the Central Notice System notice (CNS-1) filing were filed together on the UCC-1/CNS-1 form and given one filing number, all amendments, assignments, subordinations, and releases submitted for either of them must affect both of them.

A termination of the Uniform Commercial Code financing statement will automatically terminate the Central Notice filing. A Central Notice filing may be terminated without terminating the Uniform Commercial filing.

CNS-3 filings must be filed in the same filing office the initial CNS-1 was filed.

Continuations and terminations require the signatures of the secured parties; all other CNS-3 filings require debtor and secured party signatures.

Any amendment adding or changing the name of a debtor will be rejected if it does not contain the social security or tax identification number of the affected debtor.

Amendments, assignments, continuations, terminations, etc. of UCC filings must be filed in the same filing office the initial UCC-1 was filed.

The North Dakota Uniform Commercial Code Standard UCC-3/CNS-3 (SFN 14010) form form should be used.

The North Dakota form is designed to file a UCC-1 change and/or a CNS-1 change. The UCC-3/CNS-3 form can be filed with the UCC-5/CNS-5 overflow form.

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