The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) has been notified that several Kansas residents have received unsolicited packages in the mail containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time. Some packages have been labeled as jewelry and may have Chinese writing on them.
KDA is instructing anyone who receives a package to not plant the seeds. If the seeds are in a sealed package, do not open it. Instead, contact KDA’s plant protection and weed control program at (785) 564-6698 or KDA.PPWC@ks.gov.
According to KDA, unsolicited seeds could be invasive species, could introduce diseases to local plants or could be harmful to livestock. Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops.