from the Montana Department of Agriculture

HELENA – After the first day of spring and the start of agricultural week in Montana, the Department of Agriculture is reminding growers to ensure that their seeds and planting material come from licensed dealers and nurseries to preserve the agriculture health in Montana.

“From farmers and ranchers to home gardeners, Montana Agriculture’s success is based on sourcing quality seed and planting material from trusted sources,” said Ian Foley, agricultural science administrator at the Montana Department of Agriculture. . “The Montana Department of Agriculture is here to help assure anyone preparing to plant that their seed is from reputable in-state licensed seed dealers, just give us a call.”

Federal Seed Law and Montana Seed Laws require sellers and distributors of seed to clearly label their packages. The MDA Seed Program ensures that seeds offered for sale in Montana are truthfully labeled for identity, purity, and viability. The planting of unknown or unsolicited seeds or plant material may introduce harmful pests and/or diseases that could adversely affect agricultural lands and the state’s economy.

To ensure your seeds are safe, please:

• verify that the seed species information is printed on the seed packaging,

• do not plant any seeds of unknown species or origin,

• Verify that suppliers are licensed in MT at http://mtplants.mt.gov or contact the department.

The department’s nursery program guarantees the quality of all nursery stock grown in Montana or imported or exported from the state. Since most Montana plant material is imported, hitchhiking insects or disease can cause significant damage to other agricultural crops grown in Montana and reduce the state’s economy. It is imperative that individuals adhere to state quarantines in place for pests such as Japanese beetle and emerald ash borer when shipping plants to Montana to reduce the risk of spreading pests and diseases Plant.

The Montana Department of Agriculture serves Montana agriculture and growing prosperity under the Big Sky. For more information on the department’s seed and nursery programs, people can visit http://agr.mt.gov.

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