Seed Inspection Program Overview

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Seed Inspection Program Overview

For more information, contact program staff, or call (509) 249-6950.
The Seed Program of the Washington State Department of Agriculture is charged with the following areas of responsibility:

Seed Certification Program

WSDA's Seed Program operates the certification program for agricultural seeds in Washington under the auspices of the national Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), and the international Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The program includes field inspection, seed testing, record keeping, and documentation. Crops include grass, alfalfa, clover, beans, corn and other miscellaneous species. Wheat, barley, oat, triticale, buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, and forest reproductive material are inspected and documented under agreement with Washington State Crop Improvement Association, a non-profit organization.

Seed Testing

WSDA's Seed Program operates the only official seed testing lab in the state of Washington under the auspices of the Association of Official Seed Analysts and the International Seed Testing Association. The lab is in Yakima and offers purity, germination, tetrazolium (TZ) and special tests for a wide variety of agricultural, vegetable and flower seeds. The tests are used by growers and seed companies to comply with certification and labeling requirements for seed.

Phytosanitary Inspection and Testing

WSDA's Seed Program provides field inspection and lab examinations for compliance with import requirements of other states or foreign countries. In most cases the field inspection and lab exams are visual determination for the presence of diseases. Industry demand for phytosanitary services is showing a steady increase as greater quantities of seed are exported.

Seed Law Enforcement

WSDA's Seed Program is responsible for ensuring compliance with Washington and U.S. seed law. This includes education, random check sampling, labeling checks, and complaint investigation. The Seed Program provides technical advice and gathers information for the arbitration committee when a case is before the committee.

All of these services and programs are funded entirely by user fees.