Kentucky Seed Law

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Do I need this permit? - This is a website on the Univ. of Kentucky’s website that helps someone decide what permit, if any, they need for distributing seed in Kentucky. It seems that none of the 4 permit types apply to seed libraries.

250.021 Definitions for KRS 250.021 to 250.111.

As used in KRS 250.021 to 250.111, unless the context requires otherwise:

(9) "Distribute" means to consign, offer for sale, sell, advertise for sale, barter, or otherwise supply agricultural seed.

(10) "Distributor" means any person who distributes agricultural seed.

(20) "Label" includes a tag or other device attached to or written, stamped, or printed on any container of seed or accompanying any lot of bulk seed purporting to set forth the information required on the seed label by KRS 250.021 to 250.111, and it may include other information relating to the labeled seed.

(27) "Permit holder" means a person who has obtained a permit from the director to label agricultural, vegetable, or flower seed; or combination mulch, seed, and fertilizer products distributed in Kentucky and whose name and address is required to appear on labels of those products distributed in Kentucky as a condition for obtaining the permit. 

(28) "Person" means an individual, partnership, company, corporation, or other type of business establishment.

(37) "Vegetable seed" means the seed of those crops which are grown in gardens and on truck farms and are generally known and sold under the name of vegetable or herb seed in Kentucky.

250.031 Application of KRS 250.021 to 250. 111.

250.041 Labeling requirements.

(1) Every lot of agricultural seed, when in bulk or a container of one (1) pound or more, or in the case of tobacco seed of one-twelfth (1/12) ounce or more; each packet or other container of vegetable or flower seed; each preplanted container, mat, tape, or other planting device containing vegetable or flower seed; and each container of a combination mulch, seed, and fertilizer product distributed in Kentucky for planting purposes shall bear or have attached in a conspicuous place a plainly written or printed label in the English language providing the information stipulated in subsection (10) of this section.

(3) The label specified in this section shall be delivered to the purchaser with every distribution of agricultural seed, if the distribution amounts to one (1) pound or more, whether the distribution is in bulk or in package.

(10) Labels giving the following information, which statement shall not be modified or denied in the labeling or on another label attached to the container, shall be used:

(c) For vegetable seed in containers other than packets prepared for use in home gardens or household plantings and other than preplanted containers, mats, tapes, or other planting devices: 

250.051 Permits for labeling -- Fees -- Registration.

(1) The following shall apply with regard to permits for labeling:

(4) The yearly registration fee for retail agricultural seed dealers and for noncertified custom seed conditioners shall be twenty-five dollars ($25).

250.071 Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful:

(1) To distribute any agricultural seed, mixtures of agricultural seed, vegetable seed, or flower seed, for seeding purposes which is not labeled in compliance with the provisions of KRS 250.041 or which has false or misleading labeling.

250.091 Annual free test for Kentucky citizens.

Any Kentucky citizen may submit one (1) sample per year for test free of charge if the sample is accompanied by a signed statement: "I certify that I have not previously submitted a sample for free test during the current calendar year (signature)."