CDA: USDA Provides Information on Where to Send Unsolicited Seeds

BROOMFIELD, CO – August 5, 2020 – Following numerous reports in Colorado and nationwide of unsolicited seed mailings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released state-specific guidance on how and where to send the seeds.

Instructions for mailing seed packets to USDA:

  • 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 style bag, seal it, and then place everything into a mailing envelope.

  • Mail the envelope to:
    USDA APHIS PPQ
    3950 North Lewiston Street, Suite 104
    Aurora, Colorado 80011-1561

  • 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 are unable to mail the package to one of the locations below, please contact your APHIS State plant health director or call 303-373-6645 to arrange a no-contact pick up or to determine a convenient drop-off location.

Do not plant seeds from unknown origins, and do not put the seeds in the trash, which could ultimately end up in the landfill and then sprout.  Contact the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Seed Reporting Hotline at 303-869-9081 or email the Plants Division at cda_nursery@state.co.us with additional questions.

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is continuing to work closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Service, and State departments of agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture exists to support the state’s agriculture industry and serve the people of Colorado through regulation, advocacy and education. Our mission is to strengthen and advance Colorado agriculture, promote a safe and high-quality food supply, protect consumers, and foster responsible stewardship of the environment and natural resources. 

By Brian Allmer - The BARN

Brian Allmer & the BARN are members of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting (NAFB), the Colorado FFA Foundation, the Colorado 4H Foundation, the Colorado Farm Show Marketing Committee, 1867 Club Board Member, Denver Ag & Livestock Club Member, the Weld County Fair Board, the Briggsdale FFA Advisory Council, Briggsdale 4H Club Beef Leader & Founder / Coordinator of the Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show.