STATEHOUSE – A bill to benefit Hoosier seed producers passed the Indiana Senate and will now go to the governor’s desk and wait for his signature before becoming a law. State Representative Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) authored House Bill (HB) 1350 which adds three months to the timeframe required to compete the germination test for groups selling agricultural or vegetable seeds.
“Currently, seed producers must conduct a germination test within 9 months of sale which can be burdensome and shorten the overall shelf life of the seeds,” said Rep. Baird. “I authored House Bill 1350 to extend that requirement by three months which will remove that burden on seed producers, align Indiana with most states and increase efficiency in the seed testing process. Supported by the Indiana Seed Trade Association, this bill will accommodate producers without sacrificing safety.”
Indiana requires a germination test to be conducted on all agricultural or vegetable seeds. The test determines what percentage of germination exists and is required to be conducted within nine months of selling the seeds. Under HB 1350, three additional months would be added to the state’s mandatory testing period.
“By adding those additional months, seed producers can gain shelf life on their products, ensuring that seeds are safe for sales, while foregoing the extra expense and burdens attached to more frequent, excessive testing,” said Rep. Baird.