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Wisconsin Contacts:

  • Greg Helmbrecht, Seed Control Official
    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
    P.O. Box 8911
    Madison, WI  53708-8911
    T: 608-224-4596
    F: 608-224-4571
    E: greg.helmbrecht@wisconsin.gov

  • Brad Pfaff, Secretary
    Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and ConsumerProtection
    P.O. Box 8911
    Madison, WI  53708-8911
    T: 608-224-5015
    F: 608-224-5045
    E: bradley.pfaff@wisconsin.gov

  • John Petty, Manager
    Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association
    554 Moore Hall - UW
    1575 Linden Drive
    Madison, WI   53706-1514
    T: 608-262-1341
    F: 608-262-0210
    E: wcia@mailplus.wisc.edu

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

The following responses are provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in regard to general questions about the Wisconsin State Seed Law.

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = YES

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state? If yes, briefly describe your system and fees.
Answer = YES, based on gross annual sales in Wisconsin:

  1. $25 - Less than $10,000
  2. $50 - $10,000 or more, but less than $50,000
  3. $100 - $50,000 or more, but less than $100,000
  4. $300 - $100,000 or more, but less than $250,000
  5. $500 - $250,000 or more, but less than $500,000
  6. $750 - $500,000 or more, but less than $1,000,000
  7. $1,000 - $1,000,000 or more, but less than $10,000,000
  8. $1,500 - $10,000,000 or more, but less than $100,000,000
  9. $2,500 - $100,000,000 or more

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer "Seed Arbitration" as a part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
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 = 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 = YES

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 = N/A

Does your state allow abbreviations on the seed label?
Answer = YES

TEST DATE
What are the germination test date requirements for Agricultural and Vegetable seeds?
Answer = 12 months, exclusive of month tested

What are the germination test date requirements for Lawn & Turf seeds?

Answer = 15 months, exclusive of month tested

SELL BY/PACKED FOR
Does your state law include requirements for "Sell By"/"Packed For" labeling vegetables, flowers and turf grass? If yes, please briefly explain.
Answer = Not so much a requirement as an option for dates. "Sell by [seed labeler inserts date]." The stated date may be no more than 12 months after the end of the month in which a germination analysis was completed on the source lot identified.

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

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

OTHER SEED KINDS REGULATED
Describe your state's process for updating the noxious weed seed list:
Answer = Promulgation through administrative rules.

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 = Only if we have a complaint.

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