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Vermont Contacts:

  • Cary Giguerre
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
    Ag Resource & Environmental Stewardship Division
    116 State Street
    Montpelier, VT 05620-2901
    T: 802-828-1317
    E: cary.giguere@vermont.gov

  • Chuck Ross, Secretary
    Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
    116 State Street, Drawer 20
    Montpelier, VT 05620-2901
    T: 802-828-2430
    F: 802-828-2361

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Vermont Department of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the Vermont 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 = YES

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

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 = YES, an annual registration is required. Cost: $75/ year plus $0.35/hundred weight for containers larger than 10 lbs.

TEST DATE
What is the "TEST DATE" requirement for agricultural and vegetable seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as a part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
Answer = NO

Does your state have "arbitration" legislation in place to arbitrate disputes between buyer and seller?
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, as much as possible.

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