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Iowa Contacts:

  • Robin Pruisner, State Entomologist
    Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship
    2230 South Ankeny Blvd.
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    T: 515-725-1465
    F: 515-715-1471
    E: robin.pruisner@iowaagriculture.gov

  • Jim Rouse, Executive Director
    Iowa Crop Improvement Association
    4611 Mortensen Road, Suite 101
    Ames, IA  50014-6228
    T: 515-294-6921
    F: 515-294-1897

  • Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture
    Iowa Dept. of Ag. and Land Stewardship
    502 E 9th Street
    Des Moines, IA 50319
    T: 515-281-5322

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Iowa Department of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the Iowa 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 = Contact Department personnel for clarification.

If the variety name 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 = NO

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as a 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 = 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, the company whose name is on the label is required to have a seed permit. $30 to $1500. Depends on dollar sales in Iowa.

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

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 = YES, Starlink in Corn

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = N/A

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS

Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = YES, requires that the labeler files a bond with the department if they require their growers to purchase seed and promise to buy the crop back at a premium cost.