Mystery seeds: Don’t plant them and don’t throw them away

Minnesotans have reported receiving packets of seeds that appear to have come from China.

According to a release from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, anyone receiving seeds they didn’t order should not plant them, or throw them away, and should contact the MDA.

“We’re uncertain what these seeds may be and why people are receiving these unsolicited packages,” said Denise Thiede, MDA’s Seed Unit Supervisor.

“Until we know more, we encourage people to contact us because of the risk they may pose to Minnesota agriculture and our natural landscapes.”

Officials will coordinate shipping the packaging and contents to the MDA Seed Program, where they will work with the federal government to identify and destroy the seeds.

If you received seeds you did not order, contact the MDA’s “Arrest the Pest” office at 1-888-545-6684 or contact them by email and provide your name, contact information and the date the package was received.

Featured photo: An unsolicited package of seeds sent to a Minnesotan. Submitted by MDA.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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