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Kentucky Contacts:

  • Steve McMurry, Director of Fertilizer and Seed Programs
    Division of Regulatory Services
    103 Regulatory Services Building
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington, KY 40546-0275
    T: 859-257-2785
    F: 859-257-7351
    E: smcmurry@uky.edu

  • Ben Eggett, Manager
    Kentucky Seed Improvement Association
    3250 Iron Works Pike
    Lexington, Kentucky 40511-8470
    T: 859-281-1029
    F: 859-253-3119
    E: ben.eggett@uky.edu

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by Kentucky Regulatory Services in regard to general questions about the Kentucky State Seed Law.

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = YES

Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = YES

Does your law allow for "variety unknown" labeling?
Answer = YES, if the variety is truly unknown, the label must include the statement "variety unknown".

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 seed law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
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, but if brand names are used, the variety must also be declared in conjunction with the brand name

PERMIT / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit /license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, $25 permit to label, plus $25 dealer registration fee.

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months, Agricultural - 15 months, cool season grasses

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