Seed CERT Affects Greenhouse Growers

10-10-2019    12:11   |    Greenhouse Grower

With increasing concerns about food quality and how it relates to allergies and GMO or non-GMO food sources, seed certification is becoming more and more prevalent, and this includes greenhouse plant production. When it comes to seed traceability, labor-intensive, manual processes will no longer suffice.

According to the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), the purpose of seed certification is to preserve genetic purity and varietal identity. It is an official AOSCA-agency program enabling seed companies to market genetically pure seed. Certification services are available for field crops, turf grasses, vegetables, fruits, vegetative propagated species, woody plants, and forbs. Once seed has been certified, it qualifies for the official blue certified seed tag and meets state, federal, and international seed law requirements.  

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