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Florida Contacts:

  • Shaness Thomas, Environmental Manager
    FL Dept of Ag & Consumer Services
    Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement
    3125 Conner Boulevard, L-29, Lab 8
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1650
    T: 850-617-7875
    E: shaness.thomas@FDACS.gov

  • Patricia Lucas, Chief
    FL Dept of Ag & Consumer Services
    Bureau of Agricultural Environmental Laboratories
    3125 Conner Boulevard, Building 7
    Tallahassee, Florida  32399-1650
    T: 850-617-7835
    E: patricia.lucas@FDACS.gov

  • Neil Richmond, Chief, Bureau of Inspection and Incidence Response
    FL Dept of Ag & Consumer Services
    3125 Conner Boulevard, Conner Administration Bldg.
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
    T: 850-617-7862
    E: neil.richmond@FDACS.gov

  • Nicole Fried, Commissioner
    Capitol Building, 400 South Monroe Street
    Tallahassee, FL  32399-1650
    T: 850-617-7700

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in regards to general questions about the Florida State Seed Law.

ARBITRATION
Does your state have "arbitration legislation in place to arbitrate disputes between buyer and seller?
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 state allow abbreviations on the seed label?
ANSWER = YES - There is no specific language that disallows abbreviations, so by default, abbreviations are allowed.

Does your state allow for "brand name" labeling on seed?
ANSWER = YES

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state allow for "Variety Not Stated" labeling?
Answer = In Florida we don't allow the designation "Variety Not Stated" or VNS to be used on labels. Kind and variety are required (F.S. Ch. 578.09)

What is the germination test date requirement for agricultural seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

What is the germination test date requirement for turf seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

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

Describe your state's process for updating the noxious weed seed list:
Answer = Promulgation through administrative rules.