If You Receive Seeds in the Mail that You Didn’t Order, Don’t Open Them!

Small packages of seeds have started showing up in the mail around the country, including in SC, and no one is sure why. The packages appear to be from China and that’s about all we know at this time. The SCDA and Clemson’s Department of Plant Industry are investigating, as is the USDA. Since we do not yet know if the packets contain invasive species or plant diseases that may affect our agriculture industry, we need to take this seriously.

SC Agriculture Department warns against planting mystery seeds ...

A mysterious package of seed that recently arrived in Greenville, SC from China. Note the false description of contents on the shipping label. Photo from The Post and Courier

If you receive a package of seeds that you did not order, follow these steps:

See Clemson’s press release on the mystery seeds here.

USDA Hurricane Preparation and Recovery Guides for SC Producers

Hurricane season is upon us and the USDA has recently come out with a series of Hurricane Preparation and Recovery Guides for SC Producers. There is (or will soon be) a guide for just about every type of crop and agricultural commodity including:

Fruit Tree Produce (Peaches, Pecans, Apples, etc.) – Coming Soon

Onions – Coming Soon

Strawberries – Coming Soon

Tomato, Pepper, and Eggplant

Watermelon

For the full list of guides for South Carolina, see the USDA page here.