Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Central Montana
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We can clean and sell seed. If you sell over $5000 worth you need a dealer license. Just give respect to all protected variety laws in place. Spreading of weed laws, ect. I found this to be a bit fuzzy. Some varieties you can not sell. Seed dealers do not like anyone to know this. They have tried to tell me I can not sell ANY bin run seed.
Story to show how fuzzy it can be. Basically, I had called a Canadian company that "owns" a variety and asked if I could sell it in Montana. The rep said um, well, yes... Sold a bit to one person, that came to me asking for it, and that fall the person tried to force a Montana dealer to buy their grain as organic seed under the variety name I had purchased the seed as a few years previous. I started to get calls and got nervous... Did I break the law not knowing it?? State guy says I was ok (after looking into for 3 days), one rep from the Canadian breeder said I was ok before I sold it just don't sell as the variety only as common seed (not in writting), Montana seed dealer said I broke the law. I think the dealer was believing I sold as the variety name. They all said no one has ever asked this before. I didn't push it and don't want this type of stuff going through courts. No one came after me for anything. I told the person I sold the seed to to drop it. Dealer doesn't want to buy the grain and likely want to protect their business. They have not talked to me since. That is the short version. So..., selling bin run seed seems to be a slippery slope. If you do it never put in writing any type of variety name. Only sell as bin run. Make sure there is no protection on the seed being sold. You can go through all the channels, fallow all the laws, pay all royalties, and sell seed. I know farmers that do this. Speaking only for Montana as I understand the laws.
Last edited by lanwickum; 11-22-2018 at 12:17 PM.