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January 28, 2009


On January 12, 2009 the USDA fined the Olean Seed Co. $1,050.
On January 13, 2009 the USDA fined the Lesco Seed Co. $1,050.
Both companies neither admitted nor denied the charges.

William Mitchell College of Law student Michael Fahy emailed Sam Jones (Samuel.Jones@usda.gov) of the USDA.
He answers some questions:

Q. If you could, could you tell me how you found out?
A. We are informed by complaints submitted from State seed officials.
Q. Are there systematic inspections of shipments, or is it random?
A. Inspections are preformed at the State level, not Federal.
Q. How big was the shipment?
A. This would vary greatly, and I am not sure of the specifics of the shipments in question.
Q. What procedures do you normally employ?
A. Outlined above.
Q. How many seed inspectors does the government have? I am not sure of this number.
A. Each State has their own seed inspectors.
Q. Are there more to these cases?
A. No, they simply violated the FSA and were fined.
Q. Does this happen often with seed companies?
A. This does not occur often; there have only been 5 cases since October of 2008.
Q. Why $1,050?
A. Fines vary depending on violations and companies history.

Link: USDA Fair Trading Regulations

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