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Utah Contacts:

  • Mark Ashcroft
    Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
    350 North Redwood Road, P. O. Box 146500
    Salt Lake City, UT  84114-6500
    T: 435-755-1578
    F: 435-755-1982
    E: mashcroft@utah.gov

  • Terry Freeman, Seed Laboratory Director
    Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
    350 North Redwood Road, P.O. Box 146500
    Salt Lake City, UT  84114-6500
    T: 801-538-7182
    F: 801-538-7189

  • Luann Adams, Commissioner
    Utah Department of Agriculture & Food
    350 North Redwood Road, P.O. Box 146500
    Salt Lake City, UT  84114-6500
    T: 801-538-7101
    F: 801-538-7126

  • Michael Bouck, Manager
    Utah Crop Improvement Association
    Utah State University
    4855 Old Main Hill 
    Logan, Utah  84322-4855
    T: 435-797-2082
    F: 435-797-3376
    E: michael.bouck@usu.edu
    Website: www.utahcrop.org
    Office E-mail: UCIA@usu.edu

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state seed law require "mandatory" variety labeling for agricultural crop kinds?
Answer = YES, for Barley, Triticale, Common wheat, and Durum wheat

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 = NO

Do you allow the use of the arbitration label notice as referenced in RUSSL?
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 = NO

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 seed?
Answer = 18 months

What are your germination test date requirements for vegetable seed?
Answer = 9 months

What are your germination test date requirements for lawn & turf seeds?
Answer = 18 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, vegetable and flower packets in one pound and less are labeled packed for the current calendar year.

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

Does your state regulate Native/Conservation/reclamation species?
Answer = YES

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