Seeds sent from China - unsolicited, mislabeled
If you have received a similar package, please email USDA with your full name and telephone number, pictures of the package and any other relevant information as soon as possible.
NY Ag and Markets Press Release:
“Our office has received questions from a few New Yorkers who have received unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China that are marked as containing jewelry but which actually contain plant seeds. Similar packages have been received in other states and the United States Department of Agriculture is investigating. People who receive seeds should not plant or handle the seeds. They should store them safely in a place children and pets cannot access and email USDA immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions. Seeds imported into the United States are rigorously tested to ensure quality and prevent introduction of invasive species, insects and diseases. We will continue to monitor this issue and will pass along guidance as it is received from USDA.”
-Statement by NYS Commissioner of Agriculture Richard A. Ball
Read more in this article from the USDA:
At the present time we are unable to offer Nutrient Soil Testing at CCE Albany County.
Dairy One/Agro1 Lab is still accepting soil samples for pH and nutrient testing. They recommend that the soil testing samples be mailed directly to them from the customer to minimize the amount of people who are contacting the samples. Dairy One/Agro1 Lab asks that the customer order the testing boxes from their website:
How to Take a Soil Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9AwxmFxBwg&list=PLHPXm2Es8aQC2vyn2lV1ij3bAHtPk2kg2&index=14&t=4s
CCE offices are open to staff but remain closed to the public. Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County Master Gardener Program has a drop box located to the right of the entrance of the Voorheesville building. Samples (plant, insect, soil pH) may be dropped off at any time. Please call the Master Gardener Hotline at 518-765-3514 for instructions, forms and additional information.
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At the present time we are unable to offer soil testing at CCE Albany, however, Dairy One/Agro1 Lab is still accepting soil samples for pH and nutrient testing...
Last updated August 26, 2020