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Louisiana Contacts:

  • Lester Cannon, Assistant Director, Seed Programs
    Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry
    Seed Certification Division
    5825 Florida Blvd.
    Baton Rouge, LA  70806
    T: 225-925-4733
    F: 225-925-4124
    E: lester_c@ldaf.state.la.us

  • Mike Strain, Commissioner
    Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry
    P.O. Box 631
    Baton Rouge, LA 70821
    T: 225-922-1234
    F: 225-922-1253

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = YES, with the exception of "Pasture Wheat" or "Pasture Oats, VNS" (see below)

Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = YES, Louisiana allows "Variety Not Stated" labeling for only wheat and oats.

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 = NO

Do you allow the use of the abbreviated term "VNS" to be used in place of the phrase "variety not stated"?
Answer = YES

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as a part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
Answer = NO

PRE-EMPTIONLEGISLATION
Does your state have “pre-emption” legislation to restrict local political subdivisions from regulating seed?
Answer = NO

BRAND LABELING
Does your law allow for "brand name" labeling?
Answer = NO

PERMIT / LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit /license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, every person who sells, distributes, offers, or handles for sale agricultural, vegetable, or flower seed other propagating stock of one pound or more in weight shall register. Fees are $100/year per location.

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = Nine months inclusive of the month of test for all seeds, except twenty-four months for seeds packaged in hermetically-sealed containers.

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 = NO

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = NO - Although similar in most parts to RUSSL.

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS
Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = YES - Louisiana requires special labeling for "coated" seeds.