Did you receive an usolicited packet of seeds in the mail?


packet of seeds, mail envelope, and planting instructions

photo of mail envelope and seed packet

Photos: Minnesota Department of Agriculture  











Do not plant seeds of unknown origin.






Arizona Department of Agriculture

1688 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85007

(602) 542-4293 FAX (602) 542-4290


NEWS RELEASE DATE:   July 27, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT:  Rob Smook< mailto: rsmook@azda.gov

Legislative Liaison, Public Information Officer & Tribal Liaison (602)542-3032

Unsolicited Seeds from China

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is aware that people across the county have received unsolicited packages of seed from China in recent days including many in Arizona.

APHIS is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection and State departments of agriculture including the Arizona Department of Agriculture to prevent the unlawful entry of prohibited seeds and protect U.S. agriculture from invasive pests and noxious weeds.

Please do not discard the unsolicited package of seeds received in the mail.  Anyone in Arizona who receives an unsolicited package of seeds from China should immediately send or drop off the package to one of the following locations:

Arizona Department of Agriculture


1688 W. Adams

Phoenix, AZ  85007

(P) 602-542-0992

(F) 602-542-1004

Tucson Operations 

Arizona Department of Agriculture

Plant Services Division

400 W Congress Ste. 124

Tucson, Az.  85701

(P) 520-628-6314

(F) 520-628-6961

Yuma Operations 

Arizona Department of Agriculture

Plant Services Division 

1931 S. Arizona Avenue Suite 4

Yuma, AZ 85364

(P) 928-341-1758

(F) 928-341-1750

ICYMI- 2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar

Many thanks to the University of Arizona Extension Office for producing the webinar for the Santa Cruz NRCD, and a hat tip to Stephen  Williams for passing along this handy followup information and link to the recorded webinar.


Thank you for attending 2020 Climate and Drought Outlook for Beef Producers Webinar. We hope you enjoyed our event.

A recording of the webinar and a pdf of the PowerPoint presentation are available  at https://extension.arizona.edu/webinars-arizona-beef-producers

Please submit your questions or comments to: awright134@email.arizona.edu.

Here are links to the resources mentioned in the webinar:

– 2 page PDF with lots of links to drought resources https://cals.arizona.edu/climate/misc/DroughtTools.pdf
– Rainfall Index tracker – https://cals.arizona.edu/climate/misc/RI/RainfallIndexMaps.html
– Monsoon precipitation mapping – https://cals.arizona.edu/climate/misc/SWMonsoonMaps/current/swus_monsoon.html
– Monsoon station tracker – https://cals.arizona.edu/climate/misc/monsoon/monsoon_summaries.html
– Precipitation Logbook Generator – https://uaclimateextension.shinyapps.io/precipChart/
– Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI, someone asked about drought indices with wind…) https://psl.noaa.gov/eddi/
– Couple of bulletins…
o https://extension.arizona.edu/pubs/rain-gauges-range-management-precipitation-monitoring-best-practices-guide
o https://extension.arizona.edu/pubs/do-it-yourself-construction-guide-rugged-accumulation-precipitation-gauge-remote-monitoring
o https://extension.arizona.edu/pubs/arizona-north-american-monsoon-system

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