Florida Seed Law

Location: Title 35, Chapter 578

Section 578.011(6) - “Dealer” means any person who sells or offers for sale any agricultural, vegetable, flower, or forest tree seed for seeding purposes, and includes farmers who sell cleaned, processed, packaged, and labeled seed.

Section 578.08(1) - Every person, except as provided in subsection (4) and s. 578.14, before selling, distributing for sale, offering for sale, exposing for sale, handling for sale, or soliciting orders for the purchase of any agricultural, vegetable, flower, or forest tree seed or mixture thereof, shall first register with the department as a seed dealer.

Section 578.13(1) - It shall be unlawful for any person to sell, distribute for sale, offer for sale, expose for sale, handle for sale, or solicit orders for the purchase of any agricultural, vegetable, flower, or forest tree seed within this state:

NOTES:

Florida’s seed law applies only to the sale, offer for sale, distribution for sale, exposure for sale, handling for sale, or soliciting for purchase of seeds. As long as a seed library is not doing any of these things, they should be fine.

In Florida, like in almost every other state, however, there is no express exemption for nonprofit, cooperative, or government-run seed libraries.