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USDA Updates List of Locations Where the Public Can Send Unsolicited Seed Packets

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has expanded the list of locations where the public can send unsolicited seed packets. We have also added options for submitting reports online to APHIS or the state departments of agriculture.

APHIS urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to submit an online report and mail their seeds to the designated USDA or state department of agriculture location in their state. If more than one location is listed, please select the location closest to your residence.

Instructions for Mailing Seed Packets:

  • Place the unopened seed packet and any packaging, including the mailing label in a mailing envelope. If the seed packets are open, first place the seeds and their packaging into a zip-lock bag, seal it, and then place everything into a mailing envelope.
  • Please include your name, address, and phone number so that a State or Federal agriculture official can contact you for additional information, if needed.
  • If you received other unsolicited items in addition to seeds, please only send the seeds.

If you are unable to mail the package, please contact your APHIS State Plant Health Director to arrange a no-contact pick up or determine a convenient drop-off location.


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