The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) has received numerous reports from Oklahomans saying they have received unsolicited seeds from foreign countries. These seeds are sent in packages usually stating that the contents are jewelry.
This act is known as agriculture smuggling. Although these items appear to be harmless, there is a potential of hidden threats in these seeds that could seriously threaten U.S. agriculture and our natural resources. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock.
The ODAFF has asked that OSU Extension Offices be used as a drop-off point for citizens who received the seed packets.
If you receive a package of these seeds that you did not order, please follow the following instructions:
IF THE PACKAGE HAS BEEN OPENED
*Place all the contents of the package, including the seeds and the original packing material in a zipper-type plastic bag. Please write your name and city on the outside of the bag.
*Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Kenny.email@example.com, stating your location and that you have received a package.
IF THE SEEDS HAVE BEEN PLANTED
*Dig up the seeds or the sprout, knock off any excess soil, double-bag the contents and place in a box or mailer. Write your name and city on the bag.
TO DISPOSE OF THE SEEDS
Choose from one of the following options:
*Drop off the seeds at the Sequoyah County OSU Extension at (918) 775-4838. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.
*Mail the seeds to Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, C/O Agriculture Smuggling Seeds, 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City OK 73105
*Drop off the seeds in person at the front desk of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, 2800 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City OK 73105.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
For more news stories stay tuned to The MIX 105.1 or visit www.kxmx.com