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Arizona Contacts:

  • Jack Peterson, Associate Director, ESD
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    1688 W. Adams
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    T: 602-542-3575
    F: 602-542-0466
    E: jpeterson@azda.gov

  • Mark W. Killian, Director
    Arizona Department of Agriculture
    1688 W. Adams
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    T: 602-542-0990
    F: 602-542-5420
    E: mkillian@azda.gov

  • Dave Mills, State Seed Lab Supervisor
    2422 West Holly St.
    Phoenix, AZ  85009
    T: 602-744-4915
    F: 602-253-2247
    E: dmills@azsal.gov

  • Abed Anouti, Executive Vice President
    Arizona Crop Improvement Assn. 
    2120 East Allen Road
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    T: 520-318-7271
    F: 520-318-7272
    E: anouti@ag.arizona.edu

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Arizona Department of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the Arizona State Seed Law.

Variety Labeling
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = NO, only cotton requires kind and variety

Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = YES

Does your law allow for "variety unknown" labeling?
Answer = NO

Do you allow the use of the abbreviated term "VNS" to be used in place of the phrase "variety not stated"?
Answer = NO

Does your state seed law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
Answer = YES

PRE-EMPTION LEGISLATION
Does your state have "pre-emption" legislation to restrict local political subdivisions from regulating seed?
Answer = YES

BRAND LABELING
Does your law allow for "brand name" labeling?
Answer = YES

PERMIT / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit /license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, Seed dealer license required to sell, distribute, process, and mix agricultural and vegetable or ornamental seeds. One pound Seed Labeler License also required. Seed Dealer License cost = $50 annually, Seed Labeler License = $100 annually.

TEST DATE

What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

ARBITRATION
Does your state have "arbitration" legislation in place to arbitrate disputes between buyer and seller?
Answer = NO

GMO REGULATIONS
Does your state law have any specific language regulating "GMOs"?
Answer = NO

Does your state test for specific GMO varietal traits on official samples?
Answer = NO

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES, as much as possible

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS
Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = NO