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Revisions to the Federal Seed Act Regulations; Correction

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Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.


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On July 7, 2020, the Agricultural Marketing Service amended regulations under the Federal Seed Act. The document incorrectly revised the entries for “Oat” and “Brussels Sprouts” in the table that specifies directions for germination and hard seed testing. This document corrects those entries.


Effective October 15, 2020.

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Ernest Allen, Director, Seed Regulatory and Testing Division, Science and Technology Program, AMS, USDA; 801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C, Gastonia, NC 28054, USA; telephone: 704-810-8884; email

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The Agricultural Marketing Service recently amended regulations under the Federal Seed Act (7 U.S.C. 1551-1611). See 85 FR 40571; July 7, 2020. The amendments updated regulations related to seed quality, germination and purity standards, and acceptable seed testing methods, and aligned Federal Seed Act regulations with current industry practices. This document corrects the entries for “Oat” and “Brussels Sprouts” in the table that specifies directions for germination and hard seed testing to specify that the prechill requirements for oat and Brussels sprouts apply to fresh and dormant seed.

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 201

  • Certified seed
  • Definitions
  • Inspections
  • Labeling
  • Purity analysis
  • Sampling
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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 201 is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 201 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1592.

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2. In § 201.58, amend Table 2 in paragraph (c)(3) by revising the entries for “Oat” and “Brussels Sprouts” to read as follows:

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Substrata, temperature, duration of test, and certain other specific directions for testing for germination and hard seed.
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Table 2—Germination Requirements for Indicated Kinds

Name of seedSubstrataTemperature (°C)First count daysFinal count daysAdditional directions
Specific requirementsFresh and dormant seed
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OatB, T, S20; 15510Prechill at 5 or 10° C for 5 days and test for 7 days or predry and test for 10 days.
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Brussels SproutsB, P, T20-30310Prechill 5 days at 5 or 10 °C for 3 days; KNO3 and Light.
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Bruce Summers,

Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

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[FR Doc. 2020-20397 Filed 10-14-20; 8:45 am]