Oregon Firm Pays $900 to Settle Seed Case

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 11:00am

Release No.: 156-14

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced that CHS Inc., Tangent, Ore., has paid $900 to settle alleged violations of the Federal Seed Act.

This settlement resolves two cases that involved two shipments of tall fescue seed to West Virginia. In each case, the alleged violation was as follows:

  • misleading labeling of the variety name.

The company settled the case in agreement with AMS officials. The company neither admitted nor denied the charges brought against them.

The Federal Seed Act regulates the interstate shipment of agricultural and vegetable seeds to ensure that seed shipped in interstate commerce is truthfully labeled, and that advertisements about the seed are truthful. This allows seed buyers to make informed choices and promotes fair competition within the seed trade. AMS administers the Federal Seed Act by leveraging its resources with State departments of agriculture. These investigations were a result of joint efforts with seed regulatory officials in West Virginia. By working collaboratively with State partners, the Federal Seed Act also helps promote uniformity among State laws and fair competition within the seed trade.

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