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Ohio Contacts:

  • Chris Holton, Plant Health Supervisor
    Grain, Feed & Seed Section
    Ohio Department of Agriculture
    8995 East Main Street, Building 23
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-3399
    T: 614-728-6410
    F: 614-728-6412
    E: cholton@agri.ohio.gov

  • John Armstrong, Secretary-Manager
    Ohio Seed Improvement Assn.
    6150 Avery Road, Box 477
    Dublin, OH 43017-0477
    T: 614-889-1136
    F: 614-889-8979

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the Ohio 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 = NO

Does your state seed law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
Answer = NO

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 = YES

BRAND LABELING
Does your law allow for "brand name" labeling?
Answer = YES, "Seed kinds labeled with a brand name and not a variety name shall require the phrase variety not stated."

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = NO, Permit is to label seed not distribute.

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months, and 36 months for hermetically-sealed packages

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

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