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New Mexico Contacts:

  • Katie Laney
    New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    MSC 3189, Box 30005
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
    T: 575-646-7906
    E: klaney@nmda.nmsu.edu

  • Tim Darden
    Agricultural and Environmental Services
    New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    MSC 3189, Box 30005
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
    T: 575-646-3107
    F: 575-646-5977
    E: tdarden@nmda.nmsu.edu

  • Bonnie Rabe, Division Director
    Agricultural and Environmental Services
    New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    MSC 3AQ, P.O. Box 30005
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
    T: 575-646-2133
    F: 575-646-5977
    E: bcpm@nmda.nmsu.edu

  • Jeff M. Witte, Director/Secretary
    New Mexico Department of Agriculture
    MSC 3189, Box 30005
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
    T: 575-646-3007
    F: 575-646-8120
    E: nmagsec@nmda.nmsu.edu

  • Dr. Tracey Carrillo, Director of Seed Certification
    Extension Plant Services
    New Mexico Cooperative Extension Services
    MSC 3AE, P.O. Box 30001
    Las Cruces, NM 88003-8005
    T: 575-646-4125
    F: 575-646-8137
    E: tcarrill@nmsu.edu

Labeling & Distribution Information Survey:

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

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer = NO

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = NO

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

Do you allow the use of the arbitration label notice as referenced in RUSSL?
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 = NO

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 = NO

Does your state seed law allow labeling by "crop kind" only?
Answer = NO

TEST DATE
What are your germination test date requirements for agricultural seeds, vegetable seeds and lawn & turf seeds in your state?
Answer = 9 months

SELL BY/PACKED FOR
Does your state law include requirements for "Sell By"/"Packed For" labeling vegetables, flowers and turf grass?
Answer = NO

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 = NO