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Ag department identifies seed packets, some noxious to state


September 2, 2020

Courtesy photo: New Mexico Department of Agriculture

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has received reports of residents who have been mailed unsolicited foreign seeds not clearly labeled as seeds. This type of international shipment of seeds is unlawful under state and federal regulations. The seeds are unknown and could be a pathway for introductions of new invasive plant species and new plant diseases to the state.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture's seed lab has identified 224 foreign seed packets that were mailed unsolicited to residents. Four packets contained seeds that are noxious to the state.

NMDA received reports beginning July 24 of residents...

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