Upcoming Sampler Workshops
August 22-23, 2007
Brookings, South Dakota
Helping Your Seed Exports
Don’t just take our word for it, see what a
past seed sampler participant had to say:
“Tim and Kalyn, the seed sampler workshop
that you presented was great. The material
was well organized and presented in a very
clear manner. The information from your
workshop will help us to insure that
sampling is done properly in our company. We
are getting more requests for ISTA
certificates, and having in-house ISTA
approved samplers certainly streamlines this
process. Also, we really appreciate the
follow-up help you have provided to us.”
Sakata Seed America
Mid-West Seed Services,
Being an ISTA-accredited seed laboratory allows MWSS to
issue ISTA Orange and Blue Certificates. The laboratory
testing and authorized sampler program at MWSS are
recognized by Canada and throughout the world.
MWSS can issue ISTA Orange Certificates on seed lots
being exported. ISTA Orange certificates may be
considered a “seed passport” because they are recognized
worldwide by custom officials at the ports. Orange
Certificates do require sampling by an authorized seed
Blue Certificates are especially helpful when moving
seed into Canada. The agricultural border official must
recognize ISTA certificates, as required by the Canadian
Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). MWSS places the relevant
grade table information in the remarks section of the
Blue Certificate. The Grading Worksheet containing the
seed lot’s grade is also attached, which helps expedite
the seed’s movement. The MWSS seed laboratory is
recognized by Canada and we are currently pursuing
grader accreditation for pedigreed seed.
Participants completing the workshop will have taken the first
step towards accreditation to sample for ISTA certificates. This
workshop is an excellent education experience for anyone
sampling seed, regardless if you export.
Milt Haugen, Croplan Genetics, participated in a seed sampling
workshop and said, "To do justice to your customer and your
company's product, everyone should attend a sampler workshop."
The following topics are reviewed:
• ISTA and AOSA sampling rules
• sampling methods
• sealing seed lots
• subdividing samples
• review of ISTA certificates and their use
Registration fees are $250 per person for all 2006 Seed Sampling
Participants. Early registration discounts may be available.
(see table above)
Workshop presentations and materials are provided in English.
Exams are now available in Spanish for a translation and
correction fee of $100. Please make requests for exams in
Spanish at time of registration.
For more details on Sampler Workshops and the Sampler Program,
or call Tim or Kalyn at +1 605 692 7611.