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Missouri Contacts:

  • Stan Cook, Program Coordinator
    Bureau of Feed and Seed
    Missouri Department of Agriculture
    P.O. Box 630
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630
    T: 573-751-4310
    F: 573-751-5500
    E: stan.cook@mda.mo.gov

  • Jacob Fleig, Seed Laboratory Supervisor
    Missouri Department of Agriculture
    P.O. Box 630
    Jefferson City, MO 65102-0630
    T: 573-526-4677
    E: jacob.fleig@mda.mo.gov

  • Richard Arnett, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    Missouri Crop Improvement Association
    3211 LeMone Industrial Boulevard
    Columbia, MO  65205
    T: 573-449-0586

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

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 = YES

Does your state seed law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
Answer = YES

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 "brandname" labeling?
Answer = YES

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, with fees ranging from $5, $15, and $100 (3 types of permits)

TESTDATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 10 months, counting month of test

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

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS
Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = NO