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Arizona produces many seed crops that are grown for planting and exported globally. These seed crops can be damaged by a number of pests and diseases that are monitored and inspected for by the Plant Services Division. Their presence alone can be enough to disqualify a seed crop for export, or limit a product’s marketability.

Safeguarding Arizona’s seed production industry is accomplished through regulating commodities that are imported to Arizona that could harbor a dangerous plant pest and could potentially have a detrimental effect on the seed industry. Inspections and surveys for plant pests and diseases that could damage plant health and the marketability of a seed crop focus on a number of issues, like noxious weeds, insect pests and a variety of diseases. Some seed products that have been genetically modified must be approved by USDA-APHIS before being imported or exported. More information can be found the USDA-APHIS website. The Arizona Crop Improvement Association assists the Division in certifying seed products for export.

Importing seed:
Depending on the state, there are certain requirements for seed quality standards and seed health. Seed quality standards are regulated by the Departments, Environmental Services Division (ESD) and health standards, like lettuce mosaic virus (under A.A.C. R3-4-233), are regulated by the Plant Services Division (PSD). For more information on selling or labeling seed in Arizona please contact ESD at (602) 542-4499.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to have my seed tested?

The answer to this is two-fold:

It is the law. Arizona and the Federal government both have laws outlining and regulating the way seed is to be sold in the state. The definitions and protocols are quite specific as to what is to be done, how it is to be done, and when it is to be done.

It is consumer protection. Anyone that goes into an establishment to buy seed needs to know that the seed in that package is what the labeler claims it is and that it will perform at a certain level. As a regulator it is our job to sample seed has it comes into the state and as it appears on the store shelves to make sure the public is getting what they are paying for.For more information, call (602) 542-0986.

Do I have to have a license to sell or label seed in Arizona?

Yes, you must have a license to either sell or label seed in Arizona.

Will the State Agricultural Lab test my seed for me?

The State Agricultural Lab (SAL) can test seed for the public but only if the seed will be exported out of the country. The majority of the seed testing done at SAL is regulatory samples obtained by ADA inspectors.

For more information, call (602) 744-4901.

Seed Crops Arizona produces many seed crops that are grown for planting and exported globally. These seed crops can be damaged by a number of pests and diseases that are monitored and inspected

Arizona seed

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This is my second order of these wonderful seed saving envelopes. Each one contains a convenient, reliable closing flap as well as every blank information line that I coud possibly image. Thank you also for the safe way of shipping!

Love it. Great for dipping bread as well as adding to food!

Fabulous iced tea!

it was ausome along with the blood orange olive oil prefect combo thanks

These were absolutely stunning, well created gorgeous design. I gave them as a gift to my mom, and it brought her back to the days she lived in the southwest. The energy encompasses the sun and they feel as bright as they shine. Thank you so much.

My farmer brother and his wife look forward to these beans and incredible soup every year. It’s the perfect gift for someone who can use soul food and comfort.

So hearty and delicious. Takes a little longer to cook to full tenderness than other dry beans or white corn posole, fyi.

Very cute and great customer service.

I used them to make a Sean Sherman recipe: “Three Sisters Bowl”. They have a delightful, subtle and earthy flavor. Highly recommend.

I would like to thank Betsy for finding the seeds I ordered last week. Two of the seeds I ordered had been moved from Members Only last year to your Native American Seed Request Program this year. I am an old white guy that loves growing plants with native connections! I have friends at Santo Domingo Pueblo I get seeds from and have told them about Native Seed Search. Last summer I acquired a very old piki stone and piki bowl. That’s why I wanted to grow the Hopi Blue Sakwapu corn this year, so thanks again for helping me out. Also, I have backpacked to Havasupai several times with Boy Scouts and am looking forward to growing the Havasupai small seeded sunflower. Thanks again,
Michael

According to a grain specialist that I worked, and collected rare seed with in the late 1970’s through the 1980’s, the person who I believe accessed the landrace to NSS after years of searching for it and many failed searches, Baart wheat was apparently a drought hardy landrace grown in the grain belt of eastern Washington State until the post WW2 era when modern institution developed wheats replaced it. It’s flaw was that it did not respond to chemical fertilizers with increased yield. It is and has been since it’s rediscovery, somewhat difficult to near impossible to obtain. NSS offered it years ago, and now is offering it again. My seedstock from the collector’s original find, and also some from NSS was lost during a move to a new location. I am relieved that it is now available for seed expansion once again. I encourage people interested in drought hardy wheat to grow it out, expand the seed reservoirs and protect it for the future. It has valuable characteristics that are noteworthy and irreplaceable.

So engaging and special..up on the wall with 2 other prints by Wil

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