What is an AMS number? Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issues a code to interstate shippers for identification purposes.
When should it be used? AMS numbers are used when an interstate shipper puts their customer’s name and address on the analysis label for resale so they can be identified as the interstate shipper as required by the Federal Seed Act (FSA).
Does every label need an AMS number? No. As a shipper, you can put your name and address on the analysis label in place of an AMS number.
Who should use it? Any interstate shipper that does not put their name and address on a label.
Can I use an AMS number that is not assigned to me? No. It is a violation of the FSA to use an AMS number that is not assigned to you and could result in a USDA warning or fine.
When do I need to re-label seed that has been shipped to me? Once a bag has been opened in your warehouse, it becomes your responsibility to re-label the seed with your name and address or AMS number. If the bag is “passing through” your warehouse the original label is sufficient. If you need to update the germination date based on a test you had run, the label needs to have your name and address or AMS number.
If you have any further questions regarding AMS numbers please let us know. We would be happy to address them.