HELENA, Mont. — Montana has joined the long list of states with reports of residents receiving unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have been shipped from China or other countries.

The Montana Department of Agriculture reports it is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to safely identify and dispose of the mailed materials.

Montana and North Dakota departments of agriculture also reported this week receiving reports of the mysterious seeds.

Minnesotans, North Dakotans report receiving mystery seeds from China

The Montana Department of Agriculture asks that anyone who has received a seed package report to the state Seed Program by calling 406-444-3144 or 406-444-3950 or emailing bballensky@mt.gov. Include your name, address, phone number and email address when you report. The department also wants to know if the seeds were accompanied by other packages you ordered or if they were received independently.

The seed package, including the original mail label, should be mailed to

Montana Department of Agriculture

Attn: Seed Program

PO Box 200201

Helena, MT 59620-0201