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Michigan Contact:

  • Gary King, Feed and Fertilizer Specialist
    Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development
    P.O. Box 30017
    Lansing, MI 48909
    T: 517-284-5654
    F: 517-373-4540
    E: kingg1@michigan.gov

  • Randy Judd, Manager
    Michigan Crop Improvement Association
    P.O. Box 21008
    Lansing, MI  48909-1008
    T: 517-332-3546
    F: 517-332-9301
    E: juddr@michcrop.com

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law havea permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
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 = NO

BRAND LABELING
Does your law allow for "brand name" labeling?
Answer = YES

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = NO

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 = NO

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 12 months

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 (rarely)

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS

Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = YES, Preempts local ordinances that would prohibit or regulate the labeling, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, use, or planting of seeds.