Virginia Contacts:

  • Cherie Woodson
    Office of Plant Industry Standards
    Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    P.O. Box 1163
    Richmond, VA 23219
    T: 804-786-3544
    F: 804-786-1571
    E: cherie.woodson@vdacs.virginia.gov

  • David L. Whitt, Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    Virginia Crop Improvement Association
    9225 Atlee Branch Lane
    Mechanicsville, VA 23116
    T: 804-746-4884
    F: 804-746-9447
    E: dwhitt@vt.edu

  • Matt Lohr, Commissioner
    Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    P.O. Box 1163
    Richmond, VA 23218
    T: 804-786-3502
    F: 804-371-7679

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES

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

Does your state have “pre-emption” legislation to restrict local political subdivisions from regulating seed?
Answer = NO

Does your law allow for "brand name" labeling?
Answer = YES

How does your state handle seed coatings on your seed label?
Answer = Seed coatings can be listed as part of inert matter as long as it is broken out somewhere on the label.

Does your law allow for "variety not stated" labeling?
Answer = NO. State law does permit agricultural seeds and mixtures to be sold by kind name provided such sale is not for the production of agricultural crops and the label clearly states "NOT FOR AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION". The percentage of weight of agricultural seeds other than the kind and/or variety named on the label must be also designated as "OTHER CROP SEED" as "OTHER VARIETY"or as both as the case may be.

Does your state allow the use of the abbreviated term "VNS" to be used in place of the phrase "Variety Not Stated"?
Answer = YES

Does your state law have any specific language regarding "GMOs"?
Answer = NO