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South Carolina Contacts:

  • Kristiaan Merritt
    South Carolina Department of Agriculture
    Laboratory Services
    123 Ballard Court
    West Columbia, SC 29172
    T: 803-737-9709
    E: kmerritt@scda.sc.gov

  • Robin Plexico, Seed Certification Manager
    511 Westinghouse Road
    Pendleton, SC 29172
    T: 803-737-9717
    E: rplexico@scda.sc.gov

  • Sarah Adams, Seed Certification Manager
    511 Westinghouse Road
    Pendleton, SC 29670
    T: 864-646-2147
    F: 864-646-2178
    E: adams9@clemson.edu

  • Hugh Weathers, Commissioner
    SC Department of Agriculture
    P.O. Box 11280
    Columbia, SC   29211
    T: 803-734-2190

  • Brad Stancil, Program Coordinator
    Variety Testing & SC Crop Improvement Assocation
    Clemson University Experiment Station
    1162 Cherry Road
    Clemson, SC 29634
    T: 864-656-2520
    E: bstanci@clemson.edu

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the South Carolina State Seed Law.

VARIETY LABELING
Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = NO

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

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

If yes, is it mandatory?
Answer = YES, it is a prerequisite to maintaining a legal action.

Do you allow the use of the "arbitration label notice" as referenced in RUSSL?
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, South Carolina requires a seed license for a person to sell seed based on the gross receipts for the preceding license year:

  1. $10,000.01 or more in sales requires a $500.00 license.
  2. $5,000.01 or more in sales requires a $200.00 license.
  3. $2,500.01 or more in sales requires a $100.00 license.
  4. $2,500.00 or less in sales requires a $50.00 license.
TEST DATE
What are your germination test date requirements for agricultural seed?
Answer = 9 months

What are your germination test date requirements for vegetable seed?
Answer = 12 months

What are your germination test date requirements for lawn & turf seeds?
Answer = (Cool season grasses) 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, please briefly explain.
Answer = YES, for seed in packets.

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

Does your state regulate Native/Conservation/reclamation species?
Answer = NO

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, the majority of it does.

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