Sam Jones (202) 720-8998
Billy Cox (202) 720-8998
WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2009 -The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that Lesco Inc., a seed company operating out of Cleveland, Ohio, has paid $1,050 to settle alleged violations of the Federal Seed Act. The case was settled in agreement with AMS officials. The company neither admitted nor denied the charges brought against them.
This settlement resolves a case which involved a shipment of tall fescue seed to Missouri, a shipment of a grass seed mixture to Pennsylvania, and a shipment of a grass seed mixture to Ohio, a portion of which was reshipped to Indiana. The alleged violations were as follows:
- false labeling in regard to pure seed and inert matter; and
- failure to show the name, percentage, and germination percentage of seed present in an amount greater than five percent.
AMS administers the Federal Seed Act with the assistance of state seed officials. The investigation was completed through the joint efforts of AMS and seed regulatory officials in Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. The Federal Seed Act is a truth-in-labeling law designed to protect farmers and consumers who buy seed.