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New Jersey Contacts:

  • Paul Kurtz
    New Jersery Department of Agriculture
    Division of Plant Industry
    NJPHEAL Building
    P.O. Box 330
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    T: 609-406-6946
    E: paul.kurtz@ag.nj.gov

  • Joseph Zoltowski, Director
    New Jersey Department of Agriculture
    Division of Plant Industry
    P.O. Box 330
    Trenton, NJ 08625
    T: 609-406-6939
    F: 609-406-6960

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agriculturalcrop kinds?
Answer = NO, If the variety is not stated on the label, the name of the kind and the words "variety not stated" are required but only for agricultural seed and not for turfgrass, vegetable, flower and tree & shrub seeds.

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 = YES, For any seeds except Agricultural Seeds as stated in question one.

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, In the Seed Control Rules: Brand names shall not be used as a substiture for the variety name or to represent a specific variety.

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, Seed Wholesalers/Conditioners must register each calendar year and pay a non-refundable application fee of $125.

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 = YES, In the Seed Control Rules: Each seed lot bearing a label claiming improvements and advantages due to, or as a result of, a treatment may be tested to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

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