Ohio Seed Law

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907.01 - Agricultural seed certification and labeling definitions.

As used in sections 907.01 to 907.17 of the Revised Code:

907.03 - Label requirements for containers of agricultural or vegetable seed.

907.04 - Record maintenance.

(A) Any person who holds a valid seed labeler permit issued under section 907.13 of the Revised Code and who sells agricultural, vegetable, or flower seed shall, for a period of eighteen months from the date of the final sale or other final disposition made, keep complete records of each lot of agricultural, vegetable, or flower seed that the person sells. If purchases are made from persons who keep records available for inspection as required under this division, the keeping for eighteen months of an invoice of each purchase and sale stating the kind of seed and the lot number meets the requirement as to records. The invoices and other records that are required to be kept under this division shall be maintained at a location in this state. 

(B) If the director of agriculture or the director’s designated representative determines that an audit of a person who is required to keep records under division (A) of this section is necessary in order to determine the sales of seed made within or into this state by that person and the amount of the fee that the person owes this state under section 907.14 of the Revised Code, the director or the director’s authorized agent may audit the person.

907.07 - Labeling and inspection fee requirements.

No person shall sell any agricultural , vegetable, or flower seed: 

907.08 - Labeling, advertising, handling and sales restrictions.

907.09 - Exceptions.

907.111 - Sole authority of department to regulate seed within state.

907.13 - Seed inspection fee tags or labels.

No person shall label agricultural, vegetable, or flower seed that is intended for sale in this state unless the person holds a valid seed labeler permit that has been issued by the director of agriculture in accordance with this section.

A person who wishes to obtain a seed labeler permit shall file an application with the director on a form that the director provides and shall submit a permit fee in the amount of ten dollars. Such a person who labels seed under more than one name or at more than one address shall obtain a separate seed labeler permit and pay a separate permit fee for each name and address.

The applicant shall include the applicant’s full name and address on the application together with any additional information that the director requires by rules adopted under section  907.10 of the Revised Code. If the applicant’s address is not within this state or it does not represent a location in this state where the director can collect samples of the applicant’s seed for analysis, then the applicant shall include on the application an address within this state where samples of the applicant’s seed may be collected for those purposes or shall agree to provide the director or the director’s authorized representative with seeds for sampling upon request.

Upon receipt of a complete application accompanied by the ten-dollar permit fee, the director shall issue a seed labeler’s permit to the applicant. All seed labeler permits that are issued under this section shall expire on the thirty-first day of December of each year regardless of the date on which a permit was issued during that year. 

Each person who obtains a seed labeler permit shall label the seed that the person intends for sale in this state in accordance with the requirements established in sections 907.01 to 907.17 of the Revised Code. Each person who holds a valid seed labeler permit shall keep the permit posted in a conspicuous place in the principal seed room from which the person sells seed and shall comply with the reporting and fee requirements that are established in section  907.14 of the Revised Code. 

All money collected under this section shall be credited to the commercial feed and seed fund created in section 923.46 of the Revised Code.

907.99 - Penalty.

Whoever violates sections 907.01 to 907.17 , 907.27 to 907.35 , or 907.41 to 907.47 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on a first offense; on each subsequent offense such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.