Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What is Certified Seed?

In 1931 the State Legislature of North Dakota established the State Seed Department. The idea, as I understand it was to protect the integrity of seed and establish procedures to ensure that farmers were planting seed that would produce the crop that was expected.
The integrity of seed is of the ultimate importance when raising a crop. The elected representatives, many of them farmers themselves,  listened to the scientists of the day. They realized seed purity could be established with standards applied to the seed before it is sold for planting. A farmer can now be certain of seed quality when planting certified seed. From that beginning in 1931, The North Dakota Seed Department has evolved into an ally for farmers in the state. A board of 12 oversees its operation.
The buying and selling of seed in our state is big business. Farming is our number one industry. If you would like to learn more, the 
has a website that you can visit by clicking on the link. 
In 1931 farming was well-established in North Dakota with local elevators in every town. It is key to remember that each farm is an independent business run by a family. 
These family farms are usually isolated, located far from research centers and our universities. Farming practices were handed down through families. Learning new ways took determination.
Although the grandchildren of those farmers have advanced into the Information Age, a trusted source of information and standards was not available with the click of a keyboard in the nineteen thirties. The hard times of the dirty thirties were just beginning. The dusty drought and low prices were causing concern in every area of farming and food production.
The North Dakota State Seed Department has developed into a resource that we use today in GriggsDakota and on farms all over the state.
The bottom line is that seed integrity has been established and preserved in North Dakota for now and for future generations. That is a true success for North Dakota and for the farmers here in GriggsDakota.

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