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Mississippi Contacts:

  • James Smith
    MS State Seed Seed Testing Laboratory
    P.O. Box 5207
    Mississippi State, MS 39762
    T: 662-325-3993
    F: 662-325-3833
    E: JamesS@mdac.ms.gov

  • Dr. Bennie Keith, Executive Secretary
    Mississippi Crop Improvement Association
    P.O. Box MS, 773 Stone Blvd.
    Mississippi State, MS 39762
    T: 662-325-3211
    F: 662-325-8135

  • Dr. Lester Spell, Jr., DVM, Commissioner
    MS Department of Ag and Commerce
    P.O. Box 1609
    Jackson, MS 39215-1609
    T: 662-359-1100
    F: 662-354-6290

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state allow for “Variety Not Stated” labeling?
Answer = NO

If no, please provide brief explanation.
Answer = An exception of varietal mixtures of Southern Peas, Oats and Wheat may be sold VNS.

Does your state 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 = YES, but only on varietal mixtures of Southern Peas, Oats and Wheat.

ARBITRATION
Does your state have “arbitration” legislation in place to arbitrate disputes between buyer and seller?
Answer = YES, as part of the Mississippi Pure Seed Law.

If yes, is it mandatory?
Answer = YES

Do you allow the use of the arbitration label notice as referenced in RUSSL?
Answer = YES

Does your arbitration law have any unique or special requirements?
Answer = Must be filed within such time as to permit inspection of the crop.

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 = NO

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state? If yes, please briefly describe your system and fees.
Answer = YES, five different levels:

  1. Permit allows seedsman to sell packet seed in containers of less than four (4) ounces at cost of $2.50.
  2. Permit allows selling vegetable seed from containers of four (4) ounces or more at retail and cost $5.00.
  3. Permit allows selling seed at retail to consumers, except vegetable seed dealers, and cost $25.00.
  4. Permit allows selling seed to wholesale distributors only and cost $5.00.
  5. Permit allows selling seed as a wholesale distributor and qualifies a seedsman to sell at all over level of permits and cost $100.
TEST DATE
What are your germination test date requirements for Agricultural seed, Vegetable seed and Lawn & Turf seeds?
Answer = Nine (9) calendar months exclusive of the calendar month in which the test was completed.

SELL BY/PACKED FOR
Does your state 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 = YES

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

GMO REGULATIONS
Does your state law have any specific language regarding genetically modified organisms?
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