2014 New Hampshire Revised Statutes
Title XL - AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Chapter 433 - SEEDS, PLANTS AND NURSERY STOCK
Section 433:7 - Duties and Authority of Commissioner; Rulemaking.
433:7 Duties and Authority of Commissioner; Rulemaking.
I. The commissioner of agriculture, markets, and food shall administer and enforce this subdivision. The commissioner, through his authorized agents, shall:
(a) Sample, inspect, make analysis of, and test seeds subject to the provisions of this subdivision that are transported, sold or offered or exposed for sale within the state for sowing purposes, at such time and place and to such extent as he may deem necessary to determine whether the seeds are in compliance with this subdivision, and to notify promptly the person who sold, offered or exposed the seed for sale and, if appropriate, the person who labeled or transported the seed, of any violation, stop sale order or seizure.
(b) Cooperate with the United States Department of Agriculture and other agencies in seed law enforcement.
II. The commissioner, individually or through his authorized agents, may:
(a) Enter upon any public or private premises during regular business hours in order to have access to seeds and the records connected with the seeds subject to this subdivision, and any truck or other conveyor by land, water, or air at any time when the conveyor is accessible, for the same purpose.
(b) Issue and enforce a written or printed stop sale order to the owner or custodian of any lot of seed subject to the provisions of this subdivision which the commissioner finds is in violation of this subdivision or rules adopted under it, which order shall prohibit further sale, processing and movement of such seed, except on approval of the enforcing officer, until such officer has evidence that the law has been complied with, and he has issued a release from the stop sale order of such seed. In respect to seed which has been denied sale, processing and movement as provided in this subparagraph, the owner or custodian of such seed shall have the right to appeal from said order to a court of competent jurisdiction in the locality in which the seeds are found, requesting a judgment as to the justification of such order and for the discharge of such seeds from the order prohibiting the sale, processing and movement in accordance with the findings of the court, provided that the provisions of this subparagraph shall not be construed as limiting the right of the enforcement officer to proceed as authorized by other provisions of this subdivision.
(c) Establish and maintain or make provisions for seed testing services, employ qualified persons, and incur such expenses as may be necessary to comply with these provisions.
(d) Make or provide for making purity and germination tests of seed for farmers and dealers on request, and to fix and collect charges for the tests made.
III. The commissioner shall adopt rules, under RSA 541-A, relative to:
(a) Governing the method of sampling, inspecting, analyzing, testing and examining seeds subject to this subdivision and the tolerances to be used.
(b) A prohibited and restricted noxious weed seed list, and the allowable number of such seeds per pound, in accordance with RSA 433:4, I(e).
(c) Reasonable standards of germination for vegetable seeds and flower seeds.
(d) Labeling flower seeds in respect to kind and variety or type and performance characteristics as required by RSA 433:2.
(e) A list of the kinds of flower seeds subject to the flower seed germination labeling requirements of RSA 433:2.
(f) A list of tree and shrub seed species subject to germination labeling requirements of RSA 433:3, II(g).
(g) Methods of determining what constitutes inert matter.
(h) Methods of determining what constitutes pure seed.
(i) The kinds of agricultural seeds generally labeled as to variety, as provided in RSA 433:2, II(a).
(j) The conditions under which agricultural or vegetable seeds shall be packaged, as provided in RSA 433:4, I.
(k) Purity and germination tests of seeds for farmers and dealers on request.
(l) Seed labeling license standards and procedures, including, but not limited to, application forms and fees.
(m) The enforcement of this subdivision.
Source. 1990, 126:2. 1995, 130:5, eff. July 23, 1995.
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