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The 2022 Florida Statutes

Title XXXV
AGRICULTURE, HORTICULTURE, AND ANIMAL INDUSTRY
Chapter 578
SEED
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F.S. 578.08
578.08 Registrations.
(1) Every person, except as provided in subsection (4), before selling, distributing for sale, offering for sale, exposing for sale, handling for sale, or soliciting orders for the purchase of any agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed or mixture thereof, shall first register with the department as a seed dealer. The application for registration must include the name and location of each place of business at which the seed is sold, distributed for sale, offered for sale, exposed for sale, or handled for sale. The application must be filed with the department by using a form prescribed by the department or by using the department’s website and shall be accompanied by an annual registration fee for each such place of business based on the gross receipts from the sale of such seed for the last preceding license year as follows:
(a)1. Receipts of less than $500, a fee of $10.
2. Receipts of $500 or more but less than $1,000, a fee of $25.
3. Receipts of $1,000 or more but less than $2,500, a fee of $100.
4. Receipts of $2,500 or more but less than $5,000, a fee of $200.
5. Receipts of $5,000 or more but less than $10,000, a fee of $350.
6. Receipts of $10,000 or more but less than $20,000, a fee of $800.
7. Receipts of $20,000 or more but less than $40,000, a fee of $1,000.
8. Receipts of $40,000 or more but less than $70,000, a fee of $1,200.
9. Receipts of $70,000 or more but less than $150,000, a fee of $1,600.
10. Receipts of $150,000 or more but less than $400,000, a fee of $2,400.
11. Receipts of $400,000 or more, a fee of $4,600.
(b) For places of business not previously in operation, the fee shall be based on anticipated receipts for the first license year.
(2) A receipt from the department of the registration and payment of the fee shall constitute a sufficient permit for the dealer to engage in or continue in the business of selling, distributing for sale, offering or exposing for sale, handling for sale, or soliciting orders for the purchase of any agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed within the state. However, the department has authority to suspend or revoke any permit for the violation of any provision of this law or of any rule adopted under authority hereof. The registration shall expire on June 30 of the next calendar year and shall be renewed on July 1 of each year. If any person subject to the requirements of this section fails to comply, the department may issue a stop-sale notice or order which shall prohibit the person from selling or causing to be sold any agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed until the requirements of this section are met.
(3) Every person selling, distributing for sale, offering for sale, exposing for sale, handling for sale, or soliciting orders for the purchase of any agricultural, vegetable, flower, tree, or shrub seed in the state other than as provided in subsection (4), shall be subject to the requirements of this section.
(4) This chapter does not apply to farmers who sell only uncleaned, unprocessed, unpackaged, and unlabeled seed, but shall apply to farmers who sell cleaned, processed, packaged, and labeled seed in amounts in excess of $10,000 in any one year.
(5) When packet seed is sold, offered for sale, or exposed for sale, the company that packs seed for retail sale must register and pay fees as provided under subsection (1).
History.s. 4, ch. 19364, 1939; CGL 1940 Supp. 4151(593); s. 8, ch. 20251, 1941; s. 8, ch. 21942, 1943; s. 8, ch. 22694, 1945; s. 1, ch. 26969, 1951; s. 2, ch. 57-199; s. 2, ch. 61-436; ss. 14, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 4, ch. 69-144; s. 6, ch. 78-95; s. 3, ch. 85-172; s. 2, ch. 87-386; s. 23, ch. 92-143; s. 24, ch. 94-335; s. 43, ch. 2009-66; s. 128, ch. 2014-150; s. 41, ch. 2018-84; s. 91, ch. 2019-3.