The purpose of seed certification is to maintain and make available to the public, high quality seed of crop varieties that is produced, handled, and distributed properly to ensure varietal identity and genetic purity. Certification of seed in North Dakota is a function of the State Seed Department as authorized in North Dakota Century Code chapter 4.1-53.

The Federal Seed Act Regulations §201.68 prescribe the requirements for seed certification in the United States, implemented by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies ( AOSCA) and its member agencies. State certification agencies must enforce standards and procedures that meet or exceed the standards and procedures specified in the Federal Seed Act Regulations.


Additional Resources

Quick Reference Guide for Value of Certified Seed