University of Maryland Extension

Farmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not?

Author: 
Dale Morris, Robert Kratochvil, and Paul Goeringer

Most wheat and soybean seed sold in Maryland is protected by either U.S. Patent Law or the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA). These protections severely limit the age-old practice of “farmer-saved seed” or prohibit it entirely, depending upon the protection the owner of the variety secures. The following will discuss the implications of Patent Law and PVPA on farmer-saved seed of wheat and soybeans.

View the article here, https://go.umd.edu/CoverCropSeed.

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