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New Hampshire Contacts:

  • David Rousseau, Bureau of Markets Supervisor
    New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food
    P.O. Box 2042, 25 Capitol Street
    Concord, NH 03302-2042
    T: 603-271-7761
    F: 603-271-1109
    E: regulatory@agr.state.nh.us

  • Lorraine Stuart Merrill, Commissioner
    New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food
    P.O. Box 2042, 25 Capitol Street
    Concord, NH   03302-2042
    T: 603-271-3551
    F: 603-271-1109
    E: lmerrill@agr.state.nh.us

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the New Hampshire Department Agriculture, Markets & Food in regard to general questions about the New Hampshire State Seed Law.

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = YES, but only for those kinds stated in the rules.

Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = YES, for those kinds not required to state the variety. The NH Seed Law does allow the term "Variety Not Stated," but only for agricultural seeds. Our rules then reiterate this requirement and list the names of the kinds of agricultural seed for which variety or VNS must be stated.

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

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

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, Seed Labelers License, $50, annually, Jan. 1

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 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 = 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 = NO