Green County MGA

Green County Master Gardeners Association, Wisconsin

Unsolicited Seed Packets

We have received a number of questions regarding unsolicited seed packages (sometimes labeled as jewelry such as earrings) that have been received by WI citizens, and noted media stories that document it happening in many other states.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) just published a 2020 Unsolicited Seeds Packets.Similar packages have been received in other locations across the U.S.

If you receive a package of this type:

  1. Do not plant or throw away the seeds.
  2. If the seeds are in sealed packaging, do not open the sealed package. If possible, retain the original packaging. It may be useful as we investigate this issue.
  3. Please report the seeds to DATCP using this online form.

After filling out the online form, please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until DATCP or APHIS contacts you with further instructions.

All foreign seeds shipped to the United States should have a phytosanitary certificate which guarantees the seeds meet import requirements. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, contain noxious weeds, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species and noxious weeds can displace native plants and increase costs of food production.

DATCP works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to prevent the introduction of invasive species and protect Wisconsin’s diverse agricultural industry.

For continued updates and information on this issue, please visit DATCP’s website.