Advertisement: means all representations, other than those on the label, disseminated in any manner or by any means, relating to seed within the scope of this law. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Agricultural seed: includes the seed of grass, forage, cereal and fiber crops, and chufas and any other seed commonly recognized within the state as agricultural seed, lawn seed, and combinations of such seed, and may include identified noxious weed seed when the department determines that such seed is being used as agricultural seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
Brand: means a distinguishing word, name, symbol, number, or design used to identify seed produced, packaged, advertised, or offered for sale by a particular person. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Buyer: means a person who purchases agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed in packaging of 1,000 seeds or more by count. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Certified seed: means a class of seed which is the progeny of breeder, foundation, or registered seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Certifying agency: means :
(a) An agency authorized under the laws of a state, territory, or possession of the United States to officially certify seed and which has standards and procedures approved by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to assure the genetic purity and identity of the seed certified; or
(b) An agency of a foreign country that the United States Secretary of Agriculture has determined as adhering to procedures and standards for seed certification comparable to those adhered to generally by seed certifying agencies under paragraph (a). See Florida Statutes 578.011
Coated seed: means seed that has been covered by a layer of materials that obscures the original shape and size of the seed and substantially increases the weight of the product. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
Counterclaim: A claim that a defendant makes against a plaintiff.
Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
Date of test: means the month and year the percentage of germination appearing on the label was obtained by laboratory test. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Dealer: means any person who sells or offers for sale any agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed for seeding purposes, and includes farmers who sell cleaned, processed, packaged, and labeled seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Department: means the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services or its authorized representative. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
Dormant seed: refers to viable seed, other than hard seed, which neither germinate nor decay during the prescribed test period and under the prescribed test conditions. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
Flower seed: includes seed of herbaceous plants grown for blooms, ornamental foliage, or other ornamental parts, and commonly known and sold under the name of flower or wildflower seed in this state. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Foundation seed: means a class of certified seed which is the progeny of breeder or other foundation seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for producing foundation seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Germination: means the emergence and development from the seed embryo of those essential structures which, for the kind of seed in question, are indicative of the ability to produce a normal plant under favorable conditions. See Florida Statutes 578.011
insured: as used in this part , shall not be construed as preventing a person other than the insured with a proper insurable interest from making application for and owning a policy covering the insured or from being entitled under such a policy to any indemnities, benefits, and rights provided therein. See Florida Statutes 627.631
Kind: means one or more related species or subspecies which singly or collectively is known by one common name; e. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Label: means the display or displays of written or printed material upon or attached to a container of seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Labeling: includes all labels and other written, printed, or graphic representations, in any form, accompanying and pertaining to any seed, whether in bulk or in containers, and includes invoices and other bills of shipment when sold in bulk. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
Lot: means a definite quantity of seed identified by a lot number or other mark, every portion or bag of which is uniform within recognized tolerances for the factors that appear in the labeling. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
mixture: means seed consisting of more than one kind, each present in excess of 5 percent by weight of the whole. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Mulch: means a protective covering of any suitable substance placed with seed which acts to retain sufficient moisture to support seed germination and sustain early seedling growth and aid in the prevention of the evaporation of soil moisture, the control of weeds, and the prevention of erosion. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Noxious weed seed: means seed in one of two classes of seed:
(a) "Prohibited noxious weed seed" means the seed of weeds that are highly destructive and difficult to control by good cultural practices and the use of herbicides. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Origin: means the state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or possession of the United States, or the foreign country where the seed were grown, except for native species, where the term means the county or collection zone and the state where the seed were grown. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Other crop seed: includes all seed of plants grown in this state as crops, other than the kind or kind and variety included in the pure seed, when not more than 5 percent of the whole of a single kind or variety is present, unless designated as weed seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Packet seed: means seed prepared for use in home gardens and household plantings packaged in labeled, sealed containers of less than 8 ounces and typically sold from seed racks or displays in retail establishments, via the Internet, or through mail order. See Florida Statutes 578.011
person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
political subdivision: include counties, cities, towns, villages, special tax school districts, special road and bridge districts, bridge districts, and all other districts in this state. See Florida Statutes 1.01
Processing: means conditioning, cleaning, scarifying, or blending to obtain uniform quality and other operations which would change the purity or germination of the seed and, therefore, require retesting to determine the quality of the seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Pure seed: means the seed, exclusive of inert matter, of the kind or kind and variety of seed declared on the label or tag. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Record: includes the symbol identifying the seed as to origin, amount, processing, testing, labeling, and distribution, and any other document or instrument pertaining to the purchase, sale, or handling of agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Registered seed: means a class of certified seed which is the progeny of breeder or foundation seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
Shrub seed: means seed of a woody plant that is smaller than a tree and has several main stems arising at or near the ground. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Stop-sale: means any written or printed notice or order issued by the department to the owner or custodian of any lot of agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed in the state, directing the owner or custodian not to sell or offer for sale seed designated by the order within the state until the requirements of this law are complied with and a written release has been issued; except that the seed may be released to be sold for feed. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Treated: means that the seed has been given an application of a material or subjected to a process designed to control or repel disease organisms, insects, or other pests attacking seed or seedlings grown therefrom to improve its planting value or to serve any other purpose. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Tree seed: means seed of a woody perennial plant typically having a single stem or trunk growing to a considerable height and bearing lateral branches at some distance from the ground. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Type: means a group of varieties so nearly similar that the individual varieties cannot be clearly differentiated except under special conditions. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Variety: means a subdivision of a kind which is distinct in the sense that the variety can be differentiated by one or more identifiable morphological, physiological, or other characteristics from all other varieties of public knowledge; uniform in the sense that the variations in essential and distinctive characteristics are describable; and stable in the sense that the variety will remain unchanged in its essential and distinctive characteristics and its uniformity when reproduced or reconstituted. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Vegetable seed: means the seed of those crops that are grown in gardens or on truck farms, and are generally known and sold under the name of vegetable seed or herb seed in this state. See Florida Statutes 578.011
Weed seed: includes the seed of all plants generally recognized as weeds within this state, and includes prohibited and restricted noxious weed seed, bulblets, tubers, and any other vegetative propagules. See Florida Statutes 578.011
writing: includes handwriting, printing, typewriting, and all other methods and means of forming letters and characters upon paper, stone, wood, or other materials. See Florida Statutes 1.01