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New York Contacts:

  • Jan Morawski, Biotechnology Specialist
    New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
    Plant Industry Division
    10B Airline Drive
    Albany, NY 12235-0001
    T: 518-457-5981
    F: 518-457-1204
    E: jan.morawski@agriculture.ny.gov

  • Christopher Logue, Director of Plant Industry
    New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
    10B Airline Drive
    Albany, NY 12235-0001
    T: 518-457-2087
    F: 518-457-1204

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the New York Department Agriculture & Markets in regard to general questions about the New York 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 = N/A

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 "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 = NO

TEST DATE
What are your germination test date requirements for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

What are your germination test date 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, briefly explain.
Answer = YES, "Sell By" required for turf seeds, "Sell By" required on "below standard" germination vegetable and flower packet seeds.

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

Does your state regulate Native/Conservation/reclamation species?
Answer = NO, but must still be labeled when in distribution.

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, many parts do.