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Indiana Contacts:

  • Don Robison, Seed Administrator
    Office of Indiana State Chemist
    Purdue University
    175 S. University Street
    West Lafayette, IN  47907-2063
    T: 765-494-1557
    F: 765-494-4331
    E: drobiso@purdue.edu

  • Dr. Robert D. Waltz, State Chemist & Seed Commissioner
    Office of Indiana State Chemist
    Purdue University
    175 S. University Street
    West Lafayette, IN  47907-2063
    T: 765-494-1492
    F: 765-494-4331
    E: rwaltz@purdue.edu

  • Alan Galbreth, Manager
    Indiana Crop Improvement Association
    7700 Stockwell Road
    Lafayette, IN 47905
    T: 765-523-2535
    F: 765-523-2536

Reference Links for Indiana:

Office of Indiana State Chemist website, Seed Section - Visit the home page of the Indiana State Chemistand Seed Commissioner, located at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Visitors may view sites pertaining to the regulation of various agricultural commodities, including animal feeds, fertilizers, pesticides and seeds.

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Indiana State Chemist & Seed Commissioner in regard to general questions about the Indiana State Seed Law.

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state allow for "Variety Not Stated" labeling?
Answer = YES

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

If the variety name is not declared on the label, does your law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
Answer = YES

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

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as a part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
Answer = YES, seed arbitration is a separate law.

If yes, is it mandatory?
Answer = YES, only when the "notice of arbitration" is included on the labeling of the product.

Does your state have "arbitration" legislation in place to arbitrate disputes between buyer and seller?
Answer = YES

Do you allow the use of the arbitration label notice as referenced in RUSSL?
Answer = YES

Does your arbitration law have any unique or special requirements?
Answer = YES, both parties are required to share the costs of investigations performed on a 50/50 basis, to be paid prior to the start of investigations.

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 REQUIREMNTS
Does your state have a permit/license requirements for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, a permit is required by anyone whose name or address is on the label. There is no charge to obtain a permit, but each permit holder is required to pay inspection fees based on the kind and amount of seed sold. Current fees are 24 cents per 100 lbs. of seed sold for alfalfas, clovers, vegetables and grasses, and 9 cents per 100 lbs of seed sold for all other seeds. Fees are paid on a calendar quarter basis.

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 regarding "GMOs"?
Answer = NO

Does your state test for specific GMO varietal traits on official samples?
Answer = YES, Roundup Ready, BT

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES, it is not 100%, but very close to RUSSL recommendations.

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