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  • Leslie Beaty, Seed Laboratory Supervisor
    South Carolina Department of Agriculture
    123 Ballard Court
    West Columbia, SC 29172
    T: 803-737-9717
    E: [email protected]

Sarah Adams, Seed Certification Manager
511 Westinghouse Road
Pendleton, SC 29670
T: 864-646-2147
F: 864-646-2178
E: [email protected]

Hugh Weathers, Commissioner
SC Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 11280
Columbia, SCВ В 29211
T: 803-734-2190

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The following responses are provided by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture in regard to general questions about the South Carolina State Seed Law.

RELATIONSHIP TO RUSSL
Does your state seed law model RUSSL?
Answer =YES, the majority of it does.

PERMIT/LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
Does your state law have a permit/license requirement for seedsmen to distribute seeds in your state?
Answer = YES, South Carolina requires a seed license for a person to sell seed based on the gross receipts for the preceding license year:

  1. $10,000.01 or more in sales requires a $500.00 license.
  2. $5,000.01 or more in sales requires a $200.00 license.
  3. $2,500.01 or more in sales requires a $100.00 license.
  4. $2,500.00 or less in sales requires a $50.00 license.

ARBITRATION
Does your state offer “Seed Arbitration” as a part of your seed law, or as a separate law?
Answer = YES, it is part of our seed law.

If yes, is it mandatory?
Answer = YES, it is a prerequisite to maintaining a legal action.

Do you allow the use of the “arbitration label notice” as referenced in RUSSL?
Answer = NO

BRAND LABELING
Does your law allow for “brand name” labeling?
Answer = YES

VARIETY LABELING
Does your law allow for “variety not stated” labeling?
Answer = NO

Does your law allow for “variety unknown” labeling?
Answer = NO

Do you allow the use of the abbreviated term “VNS” to be used in place of the phrase “variety not stated”?
Answer = NO

TEST DATE
What are your germination test date requirements for agricultural seed?
Answer = 9 months

What are your germination test date requirements for vegetable seed?
Answer = 12 months

What are your germination test date requirements for lawn & turf seeds?
Answer = (Cool season grasses) 15 months

SELL BY/PACKED FOR
Does your state law include requirements for “Sell By”/”Packed For” labeling vegetables, flowers and turf grass? If yes, please briefly explain.
Answer = YES, for seed in packets.

OTHER SEED KINDS REGULATED
Does your state regulate flower seeds?
Answer = YES

Does your state regulate Native/Conservation/reclamation species?
Answer = NO

GMO REGULATIONS
Does your state law have any specific language regulating “GMOs”?
Answer = NO

Does your state test for specific GMO varietal traits on official samples?

Answer = NO

UNIQUE (MISCELLANEOUS) REQUIREMENTS
Does your state seed law have any “unique” or special requirements and/orprohibitions?
Answer= NO

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South carolina seed

Thanks to the generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, we distributed 3,000 free packets of native plant seed to South Carolina residents to attract pollinators to your garden!

These seeds were from Ernst Conservation Seeds, where they grow, process and sell hundreds of species of native and naturalized seeds and live plant materials for ecological restoration, sustainable landscaping, reclamation, wetlands and natural resources conservation.

Each packet covers roughly 15 square feet, and contains seeds of the 8 native, drought-tolerant plants shown on this page. Click on any photo for more information about that plant from Clemson’s Carolina Yards Plant Database.

Seeds should be planted after April 1st in full sun. All of these plants are perennials and will come back every year.

South Carolina residents – check back here in 2019 to submit a request for a free packet of seeds!

pollinator-friendly landscapes

In addition to planting native nectar plants for pollinators, be sure that you are using Sustainable Gardening Practices, and not using pesticides in your yard.

Also, check out these links for more information:

Thank you to the Duke Energy Foundation for sponsorship of these seed packets!

South carolina seed Thanks to the generosity of the Duke Energy Foundation, we distributed 3,000 free packets of native plant seed to South Carolina residents to attract pollinators to your