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  • T. Wayne Pendleton
    Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    Office of Plant Industry Standards
    P.O. Box 1163
    Richmond, VA 23219
    T: 804-225-4558
    F: 804-786-1571
    E: wayne.pendleton@vdacs.virginia.gov

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

  • Joseph Guthrie, Commissioner
    Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
    P.O. Box 1163
    Richmond, VA 23218
    T: 804-786-3501
    F: 804-371-2945
  • E: vdacs.commissioner@vdacs.virginia.gov

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 = YES. 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". "Variety not stated" labeling is not allowed for seed protected by PVP.

- Does your state allow the use of the abbreviated term "VNS" to be used in place of the phrase "Variety Not Stated"?
Answer = NO, unless followed by an asterisk and then stated somewhere else on the label: "Variety Not Stated".

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