Hune: Updated seed law will benefit consumers

Sen. Joe Hune

Sen. Joe Hune

LANSING, Mich. — A bill sponsored by state Sen. Joe Hune to update grass seed labeling requirements was recently signed into law.

Senate Bill 637, now Public Act 166 of 2016, updates Michigan’s seed law to better align state, federal and industry requirements, which the senator said would reduce customer confusion.

“This is a common sense reform that brings Michigan’s seed law up to date with existing federal and industry standards and makes it easier for consumers to understand grass seed labels,” said Hune, R-Fowlerville.

Specifically, the new law establishes a 15-month window to sell cool season grass seed, which includes Kentucky bluegrass, red fescue, chewings fescue, hard fescue, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass, intermediate ryegrass, and mixtures that are commonly used on home lawns.

The Association of American Seed Control Officials and the federal government have already established these standards, as have 29 other states. The old range was 11 months.

Additionally, Hune’s bill updates terminology to more accurately reflect industry practices. The newly established 15-month window will now be referred to as a “sell by” date. Previously it was called a “testing period.”

The bill was signed June 8 and takes effect Sept. 6.