Meskwaki Natural Resources has received information from the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) of recent unsolicited packages being shipped to various locations across the country including the Midwest. These packages contain unknown seeds. DO NOT open these packages and even more importantly, DO NOT open the pouches or packets that hold the seeds. Please keep all seeds contained and call MNR at (641) 484-3511. MNR staff will pick up the seeds and send them to a local office for identification.
At this time, the motive for this act is unknown and the Federal Government is taking a cautious approach to prevent potential disastrous effects of introduction of unknown plants to our ecosystems. USDA is the Federal agency that controls and monitors the entry of seeds and plants into the United States.