Seed Inspection

Seed Certification

The California Seed Law was enacted to ensure that seed purchased by the consumer or buyer is properly identified and is of the quality represented by the tag or label. Agricultural and vegetable seed is inspected for compliance to label claims and requirements pertaining to germination, date of test, purity, noxious weed seeds present, inert matter, and trueness to variety. Poor quality seeds can cost farmers and home gardeners alike considerable amounts of time, money, and resources, by way of reduced yields, poor crop quality, contamination by weeds, or other unwanted species.

The department also works in cooperation with the California Crop Improvement Association through inspection of certified seed conditioners and harvesters and performs other services that may be necessary to maintain the identity and quality of certified seed.

Please visit the links below for more information pertaining to seed requirements.