Established in 1931 by the state legislature, the North Dakota State Seed Department continues to carry out certification, laboratory and regulatory functions for the state's agricultural industry. The NDSSD maintains close working relationships with a variety of affiliates in North Dakota and surrounding states, including the ND Crop Improvement and Seed Association, ND Certified Seed Potato Growers Association, NDSU Foundation Seedstocks Project and numerous other public associations and private businesses. The department represents the state as a member of AOSCA (the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies), providing inter-agency services valuable in state-to-state commerce of seed.
The department's core operations consist of five primary program areas: Field Seed, Potato, Laboratory Services, Regulatory and Administration.Field Seed Program
Laboratory Services Program
Seed Quality Laboratory
This program enforces state and federal seed laws, working in cooperation with the Field Seed Program. The program is funded by a seed permit system that collects fees on seed sold, and by licensing non-resident seed dealers. Field staff inspects seed lots offered for sale to ensure proper labeling and compliance to state standards for purity and other quality factors.
The Administration Program
This program provides facility, equipment, technology and support service resources to the department. Administration budgets include capital improvements, information technology and equipment funding necessary to provide internal operating support to all program areas.
The administration of State Seed coordinates collaboration of the department's work with the seed industry, national associations and public entities such as land grant universities. NDSSD has developed and maintains a close working relationship with NDSU in each program area. The parallel work done in seed research and quality assurance between NDSU and NDSSD, combined with the obvious logistical advantages, make the alliance between the two entities a unique benefit to North Dakota producers.