New 2021 Requirements for Michigan Potato Growers
Potato Grower Registration
The requirements of the Seed Potato Act, Public Act 94 of 2018, will become effective on January 1, 2021. The act requires the use of certified seed for all farms growing over one acre of potatoes. In addition, it requires each person growing potatoes in combined seed lots of 1 acre or more in the state of Michigan, must notify the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) by January 1 of each year.
Insufficient Cultivar Exception Request Process
In any year that there is an insufficient volume of any cultivar of certified seed potatoes, potato growers may apply to the Michigan Seed Potato Advisory Committee for permission to plant uncertified seed. Upon recommendation from the advisory committee, the MDARD Director may grant growers permission to plant specific uncertified seed potatoes for that growing season only.
To apply for an exception, complete the Insufficient Cultivar Exception Request form and submit to BizoukasP@michigan.gov. Be sure to include any necessary supporting documentation.
Records Review Checklist
As part of the requirements of the Seed Potato Act, growers will need to make several documents available for an independent records review. View the checklist.
- Public Act 94 of 2018
- Public Act 221 of 1959
- Reg 628
- Reg 629
- State National Harmonization Program (SNHP)
For additional information regarding the Potato Registration Process, contact Patricia Bizoukas at 517-512-3603 or via email at BizoukasP@michigan.gov.