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Minnesota Seed Permit

The Minnesota Seed Law, Minn. Stats. § 21.80-.92, regulates the sale of seeds used to grow plants. The law is intended to protect consumers based on truth-in-labeling principles and promote fair competition among seed sellers through the establishment of minimum standards.

Agency contact information:

Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
625 N. Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 201-6000 | (800) 967-2474 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
Plant Protection Division
Seed Unit
(651) 201-6531
Contact Info: Stephen R. Malone

Website:

Seed: Selling and Labeling

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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) protects the public health and safety regarding food and agricultural products.

Statutes:

Minn. Stats. 21.89

Rules:

MINNESOTA RULES 1510.0011 - 1510.0360

Forms:

Application for Seed Permit, AG-00744

Application forms are available on the MN Dept. of Agriculture website, MDA Forms section at Application for Seed Permit.

Requirements:

Seed Permits

The first person or company to tag and sell seed in Minnesota must have a seed permit. There are three kinds of permits and they are as follows:

1. For sales of 50,000 pounds or less of agricultural seed annually, the person or company who tags the seed needs an annual permit and the fee is $50.

2. For sales of vegetable, flower, and wildflower seed to home gardeners, the person or company who tags the seed needs an annual permit and the fee varies from $50 to $2,000 with the amount of sales.

3. For sales of more than 50,000 pounds of agricultural seed annually, the person or company who tags the seed needs a permanent permit and the application fee is $50. for a person or company with a permanent permit, additional fees are paid on sales which must be reported twice each year and the rates vary with the kind of seed (from $0.063 for wheat to $3.29 for sugar beet for each hundred pounds sold).

Fee:

Permit application fee are based on the three categories listed in the requirements.

Semiannual tonnage fees, late filing penalty fee - (see Requirements for details).

Period of Issuance:

See requirements for details.

Length of Determination Process:

One day to one week.

Other Pertinent Information:

NOTE: Permits can be revoked by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for noncompliance with applicable laws and rules. A permit can be canceled at the request of the permit holder.