The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has expanded the list of locations where the public can send unsolicited seed packets. Options for submitting reports online to APHIS or the state departments of agriculture have also been added.
APHIS urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to submit an online report and mail the seeds to the designated USDA or state department of agriculture location in their state. If more than one location is listed, select the location closest to your residence.
The instructions for mailing seed packets are as follows:
- 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.
- 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, only send the seeds.
If you are unable to mail the package, contact your APHIS state plant health director to arrange a no-contact pickup or to determine a convenient drop-off location.
Source: USDA APHIS
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