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West Virginia Contacts:

  • Chad Linton, Assistant Director
    WV Department of Agriculture
    Regulatory & Environmental Affairs Division
    1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
    Charleston, WV  25305-0170
    T: 304-558-2227
    F: 304-558-3594
    E: clinton@wvda.us

  • Josh Arbaugh, Seed Analyst/Feed Microscopist
    WV Department of Agriculture
    1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
    Charleston, WV 25305-0177
    T: 304-558-2227 Ext. 4050
    F: 304-558-3594
    E: jarbaugh@wvda.us

  • Brenda Keavey, Laboratory Assistant Director
    WV Department of Agriculture
    Regulatory & Environmental Affairs
    1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
    Charleston, WV  25305-0170
    T: 304-558-2227
    F: 304-558-3594
    E: bkeavey@wvda.us

  • Walt D. Helmick, Commissioner
    WV Department of Agriculture
    1900 Kanawha Blvd., E.
    Charleston, WV  25305-0177
    T: 304-558-3550
    F: 304-558-2203
    E: whelmick@wvda.us

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES, as much as possible.

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, $125.00 annual registration of all seedsmen.

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

PRE-EMPTION LEGISLATION
Does your state have "pre-emption" legislation to restrict local political subdivisions from regulating seed?
Answer = YES

BRAND LABELING
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.

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 = 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

TEST DATE

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

What is the germination test date requirement for turf seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

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

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