Beware of unsolicited seed deliveries

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig has confirmed that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is aware that individuals in Iowa have received unsolicited seed shipments from China and other countries. The Department asks anyone who receives unsolicited seeds to retain the original packaging and report it immediately by calling 515-281-5321. Recipients should not open the seed packet, plant the seed or attempt to destroy it. The Department, or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal Plant Health Inspection Service will collect, analyze and properly destroy the seeds.

Unlabeled seeds and seeds from unknown origins should never be planted. They pose the risk of introducing an invasive plant species or seed-borne diseases that do not currently exist in the United States.