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Connecticut Contacts:

  • Wayne Nelson, Representative, Agricultural Commodities
    Connecticut Department of Agriculture
    Bureau of Inspection & Regulation
    165 Capitol Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06106
    T: 860-713-2565
    F: 860-713-2598
    E: wayne.nelson@ct.gov

  • Dr. Sharon Douglas, Seed Laboratory Manager
    Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
    P.O. Box 1106
    New Haven, CT 06504-1106
    T: 203-974-8496
    F: 203-974-8502
    E:  Sharon.Douglas@ct.gov

  • J. Philip Prelli, Commissioner
    Connecticut Department of Agriculture
    765 Asylum Avenue
    Hartford, CT 06105
    T: 860-713-2500
    F: 860-713-2514

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES, modeled after RUSSL, circa 1965 or so

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, labelers license needed, at a fee of $50 per year.

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
Answer = NO

PRE-EMPTION LEGISLATION
Does your state have "pre-emption" legislation to restrict local political subdivisions from regulating seed?
Answer = NO

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state allow for "variety not stated"?
Answer = YES

Does your law allow for "variety unknown" labeling?
Answer = NO, not specifically

If the variety is not declared on the label, does your law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
Answer = NO

Do you allow the use of the abbreviated term "VNS" to be used in place of the phrase "variety not stated"?
Answer = YES

Does your state allow abbreviations on the seed label?
Answer = YES

How do you handle seed coatings on your seed label?
Answer = Seed coatings can be listed as part of inert matter as long as it is broken out somewhere on the label.

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

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

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS
Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = YES, the origin of alfalfa, red clover, and field corn (except hybrid corn) must be stated.