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Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Seed Dealer Licensing and Information

Contact Us

(850) 617-7866 
(850) 617-7893 Fax

AESCares@FreshFromFlorida.com

Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement
Attn: Seed Section
3125 Conner Blvd., Bldg. 8 (L-29)
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650

Laws and Regulations

Florida Statutes
Chapter: 578

Florida Administrative Code
Chapter: 5E-4

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) regulates the sale and distribution of all seed sold in Florida.

Seed Dealer License

Seed dealers are required to obtain a license from FDACS. 

Seed Dealer License FAQ [ Adobe PDF Document 37.17 KB ]

Expiration Date

All licenses expire on June 30 of each year and must be renewed annually.

Fees

Fees are based on gross receipts from the sale of seed for the preceding license year. For new businesses, the fee is based on anticipated receipts for the first license year. 

How to Apply for or Renew a License

To apply for or renew a Seed Dealer License, use our Seed Dealer Licensing and Regulatory Website.

List of Registered Seed Dealers

To order a list of Registered Seed Dealers, call FDACS at: (850) 617-7866. There may be a charge involved.

Label Requirements

Label requirements vary with different types of seed.

For agricultural, vegetable and flower seed label requirements, see Section 578.09, Florida Statutes (F.S.).

For forest tree seed label requirements, see Section 578.091, F.S.

Seed Investigation and Conciliation Council

The Seed Investigation and Conciliation Council assists farmers and agricultural seed dealers in determining the validity of complaints made by farmers against dealers. The council consists of seven members and seven alternates representing various interests of the seed industry. Members are appointed by the Commissioner of Agriculture.