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Kansas Contacts:

  • Ken Bowers, Program Service Administrator
    Plant Protection and Weed Control Program
    Kansas Department of Agriculture
    1320 Research Park Drive
    Manhattan, KS 66502
    T: 785-564-6688
    F: 785-564-6778
    E: ken.bowers@kda.ks.gov

  • Philip Engelhardt, Director
    Division of Laboratories
    Building 282, Forbes Field
    P.O. Box 19323
    Topeka, KS 66619 
    T: 785-862-0108
    F: 785-862-0727

  • Steve Schuler, Executive Director
    Kansas Crop Improvement Association
    2000 Kimball Avenue
    Manhattan, KS  66502-3354
    T: 785-532-6118
    F: 785-532-6551
    E: sfskcia@kansas.net
    KCIA E-mail: kscrop@kansas.net

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = YES, if not a registered brand, for wheat, oats, barley and soybeans.

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, as a registered brand or blend only.

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, but brands must be registered with the state.

PERMIT / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, $175 annual for wholesalers, $10 annual for retailers, and $185 annual for both.

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE"requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months for Agricultural seed and Lawn & Turf seed. Vegetable seeds are not regulated.

SELL BY/PACKED FOR
Does your state law include requirements for "Sell By"/"Packed For" labeling vegetables, flowers and turf grass?
Answer = NO

OTHER SEED KINDS REGULATED
Does your state regulate flower seeds?
Answer = NO

Does your state regulate Native/Conservation/reclamation species?
Answer = YES

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, Roundup trait in soybeans.

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