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Rhode Island Contact:

  • Peter Susi, Administration, Senior Programs
    Rhode Island Division of Agriculture
    235 Promenade Street
    Providence, RI 02908-5767
    T: 401-222-2781
    F: 401-222-6047
    E: peter.susi@dem.ri.gov

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Rhode Island Division of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the Rhode Island 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 = NO

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 = NO

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as a part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
Answer = YES

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

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 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, as much as possible

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