Part 1 Seed Law of 1986
Part 2 Seed Certification

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 43 > Chapter 10

  • 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 part. See
  • Agricultural seeds: includes the seeds of grass, forage, cereal, and fiber crops and other kinds of seeds commonly recognized within this state as agricultural seeds, lawn seeds, and mixture of such seeds, and may include noxious-weed seeds when the commissioner determines that such seed is being used as agricultural seed. See
  • Agriculture: means :

    (i) The land, buildings and machinery used in the commercial production of farm products and nursery stock. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

  • Certifying agency: means an agency authorized to officially certify seed under the laws of a state, territory, possession, or foreign country and that has certification standards for genetic purity and identity that meet those standards established by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and referenced in its official handbook. See
  • Class of certified seed: means one (1) of four (4) classes of certified seeds:

    (A) Breeder. See

  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Commissioner: means the commissioner of agriculture or the commissioner's designated agent or agents. See
  • Conditioning: means cleaning, scarifying, treating, or blending to obtain uniform quality, and other operations that would change the purity or germination of the seed and therefore require testing to determine the quality of the seed, but does not include operations such as packaging, labeling, blending together of uniform lots of the same kind or variety without cleaning, or the preparation of a mixture without cleaning, any of which would not require retesting to determine the quality of the seed. See
  • Germination: means the percentages by count of seeds under consideration, determined to be capable of producing normal seedlings in a given period of time and under normal conditions. See
  • Hybrid: means the first-generation seed of a cross produced by controlling the pollination or by use of sterile lines and combining:

    (A) Two (2) or more inbred lines. See

  • In bulk: refers to loose seed in bins, or open containers, and not to seed in bags or packets. See
  • Inert matter: means all matter not seeds, and includes broken seeds, sterile florets, chaff, fungus bodies, and stones, determined by methods prescribed by rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this part. See
  • Inoculant: means a commercial preparation containing nitrogen-fixing bacteria applied to seed. See
  • Kind: means one (1) or more related species or subspecies that singly or collectively are known by one (1) common name. See
  • Labeling: includes all labels and other written, printed or graphic representations in any form whatsoever, accompanying or pertaining to any seed whether in bulk or in containers, and includes representations of invoices. See
  • Lot: means a definite quantity of seed identified by a lot number or other identification, which shall be uniform within recognized tolerances for the factors that appear in the labeling. See
  • Mixture: means seeds consisting of more than one (1) kind or kind and variety, each present in excess of five percent (5%) of the whole. See
  • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Origin: means the state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, possession of the United States or the foreign country where the seed was grown. See
  • Other crop seeds: means seeds of kinds or varieties of agricultural or vegetable crops other than those shown on the label as the primary kind or kind and variety. See
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Person: includes any individual, partnership, corporation, company, society, association, or legal entity. See
  • Purity: means the name or names of the kind, type or variety and the percentage of other crop seed. See
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Screenings: includes seed, inert matter and other materials removed from agricultural or vegetable seed by cleaning or conditioning. See
  • Seed seller: means a person who buys, sells, offers for sale, exposes for sale, distributes, or solicits orders for the sale of agricultural or vegetable seeds for seeding purposes, and includes any person who has seed grown under contract for resale for seeding purposes. See
  • Seizure: means a legal process carried out by court order in which the department takes physical possession of a definite amount of seed. See
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Stop sale: means an administrative order provided by law restraining the sale, use, disposition and movement of a definite amount of seed. See
  • Tolerance: means the allowance for sampling variation specified under rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this part. See
  • Treated: means given an application of a substance or subjected to a process designed to reduce, control or repel disease organisms, insects or other pests that attack seeds or seedlings growing therefrom, or to improve the planting value of the seed. See
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Variety: means a subdivision of a kind that is:

    (A) Distinct, in the sense that the variety clearly differs by one (1) or more identifiable, morphological, physiological or other characteristics, which may include those evidenced by processing or product characteristics. See

  • Vegetable seeds: includes the seeds of those crops that are grown in gardens or truck farms and are generally known and sold under the name of vegetable seed in this state. See
  • Weed seeds: means the seeds, bulblets, or tubers of all plants generally recognized as weeds within this state and includes noxious-weed seeds. See
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105