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- ItemFarmer-saved Seed: What is Legal? What is Not?(2017-06) Morris, Dale; Kratochvil, Robert; Goeringer, PaulMost 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.