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State of Washington Contact:

  • Victor Shaul, Seed Inspection Program Manager
    Washington Department of Agriculture
    21 North 1st Ave., Suite 203
    Yakima, WA 98902
    T: 509-225-6959
    F: 509-454-4395
    E: vshaul@agr.wa.gov

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

VARIETY LABELING
Does your state allow for "Variety Not Stated" labeling?
Answer = YES, only if the variety is not listed with the certifying agency, the name of the kind and the words,"variety not stated" are allowed to be used. The name of the kind and variety of each agricultural seed present in excess of five percent of the whole and the percentage by weight of each must be shown on the label for all varieties recognized by the seed certifying agency. Hybrids must be labeled as hybrids.

ARBITRATION
Does your state have "arbitration" legislation in place to arbitrate disputes between buyer and seller?
Answer = YES

PRE-EMPTION LEGISLATION

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