AOSCA provides a wide range of programs to help its clients meet the demands of today’s agricultural marketplace. With member agencies on three continents, AOSCA offers a broad network of organizations to coordinate the delivery services that enhance and certify the quality of seed and crop propagating materials. Cooperation among member agencies assures uniform quality from field inspection through laboratory testing.
AOSCA was founded on the development and adoption of crop standards for all crops eligible for seed certification. Crop standards that are established by AOSCA serve as minimum standards for its member agencies. Each member agency can adjust AOSCA standards to be more stringent to fit the needs of their agency as needed.
All standards start with a standards proposal sponsored by a member agency. Each proposal travels through a series of meetings giving all member agencies and stakeholders an opportunity to provide input. AOSCA is quite unique in the ability to be responsive to the industry with our standards setting process. Most standards proposals or adjustments can be made within a one year meeting rotation. Currently, AOSCA has crop standards for approximately 70 crop kinds!
Certified seed is seed of a known variety produced under strict seed certification standards to maintain varietal purity. Seed lots must also meet specified standards for other crops, inert matter, weed seeds, and germination. Certified seed is also free from prohibited noxious weed seeds. All certified seed must pass field inspection, be conditioned by an approved seed conditioning plant, and then be sampled and pass laboratory testing before it can be sold as certified seed. For more information about certified seed visit our seed certification page.
Other Service Inspection Programs are offered by many of AOSCA’s member agencies. These program as typically third-party field inspection services for seed production and related products. To find more about the capabilities of certification agency near you visit the Contact Us page.