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Seed authorization has been a viable program in Utah since 1926, when Utah became a member of the International Crop Improvement Association The Utah State Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) have basic concern for seed certification in Utah, as authorized by the Federal Seed Act, and directed it directly until 1937. In that year the Utah Crop Improvement Association (UCIA), a non-profit corporation of seed cultivators and conditioners, was organized and designated as the official state certification agency.
The UDAF provided an oversight for the UCIA until 1947, when the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station (UAES) at Utah State University was agreed that responsibility. The Experiment Station retained the UCIA as the official verifying agency for Utah, and by memorandum of understanding the UAES Seed Certification Specialist acts as Secretary-Manager of the Association.Read More»