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Nebraska Contacts:

  • Mitch Coffin
    Seed Program Manager - Control Official
    Nebraska Department of Agriculture
    Animal Health & Plant Health Protection
    P.O. Box 94756
    Lincoln, NE 68509
    T: 402-471-6844
    F: 402-471-6892
    E: mitch.coffin@nebraska.gov

  • Steve Knox, Secretary/Manager
    Nebraska Crop Improvement Association
    267 Plant Science Hall
    Lincoln, NE 68583-0911
    T: 402-472-1444
    F: 402-472-8652
    E: sknox2@unl.edu

  • Greg Ibach, Administration Director
    Nebraska Department of Agriculture
    301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94947
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4947
    T: 402-471-2341
    F: 402-471-6876

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Nebraska Departmentof Agriculture in regard to general questions about the Nebraska State Seed Law.

VARIETY LABELING
Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = NO

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

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

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 = We have a Uniform Arbitration Law which can apply to seed sales.

PRE-EMPTION LEGISLATION
Does your state have “pre-emption” legislation to restrict local political subdivisionsfrom regulating seed?
Answer = YES

BRAND LABELING
Does your law allow for "brand name" 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, Permit cost based on numbers of pounds sold in prior calendar year.

TEST DATE
What are your germination requirements for agricultural seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months, 12 months for grass seed (except lawn and turf seed)

What are your germination requirements for vegetable seed?
Answer = 9 months

What are your germination requirements for lawn & turf seeds?
Answer = 15 months

SELL BY/PACKED FOR
Does your state law include requirements for "Sell By"/"Packed For" labeling vegetables, flowers and turf grass? If yes, please briefly explain.
Answer = YES, the same as RUSSL.

OTHER SEED KINDS REGULATED
Does your state regulate flower seeds?
Answer = YES

Does your state regulate Native/Conservation/reclamation species?
Answer = YES - as listed AOSA Rules and seed regulations.

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 = YES, whenever possible

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS
Does your state seed law have any "unique" or special requirements and/or prohibitions?
Answer = YES, we allow TZ labeling for 12 native species as listed in our Seed Law.