SD ag department warns of unsolicited seeds from China

South Dakota Department of Agriculture
Farm Forum

There have been nationwide reports of packages from China containing unsolicited seeds. Unsolicited seeds may contain invasive species, introduce diseases to native plants or be harmful to livestock, according to information from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture.

“The (department) has received reports of unsolicited seeds being mailed to South Dakotans,” said Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden. “We’re not sure the intent behind this activity, but I urge the public to refrain from planting these seeds as invasive species can have devastating effects on South Dakota agriculture.”

Anyone receiving unsolicited seeds in the mail should not plant the seeds and should save them, the packaging and the mailing label and contact the Department of Agriculture at 605.773.5425 with the following information:

  • Name.
  • Phone number.
  • Date received.
  • Number of packages.

The ag department continues to monitor the situation and work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture for further guidance.