How to Certify

Seed certification is a limited generation system based on three seed classes:
  1. Foundation seed - the progeny of Breeder or Foundation seed
  2. Registered seed - the progeny of Foundation seed
  3. Certified seed - the progeny of Foundation or Registered seed


The basic steps for producing certified seed include:

  1. Submit an application for membership to MCIA (if not already a member).
  2. Plant eligible seed stock in fields meeting the certification land requirements for the crop type being grown.
  3. Apply for field inspection supplying proof of seed planted and location of the field.
  4. MCIA shall inspect the field to determine the field's conformance to standards for varietal identity, purity, isolation, and freedom from weeds and other crop species.
  5. Condition seed at an MCIA approved facility.
  6. An MCIA authorized sampler shall submit a representative sample from the conditioned seed lot to an authorized seed testing laboratory.
  7. Seed is tested for germination, purity and other specified tests to determine conformance to seed standards. Specific seed standards are established for each crop kind and seed class.
  8. Certification labels or bulk sales certificates are issued by MCIA for eligible seed lots.
  9. To complete certification, attach a certification label to each seed container or issue a bulk sales certificate to each buyer of bulk certified seed.

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