We’re proud to announce that MCIA’s Seed Laboratory is now accredited by the USDA Accredited Seed Laboratory (ASL) program. Gaining ASL accreditation highlights the accuracy, quality, and reliability of test reports and other quality- and compliance-related services offered by MCIA. Successful completion of the rigorous ASL accreditation program is yet another milestone attained by MCIA over the course of our 117-year history.
The development and implementation of a comprehensive Quality Management System was crucial to the Seed Laboratory’s accreditation. “USDA ASL accreditation is the result of months of hard work by our staff and demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering the highest quality services to customers,” said MCIA President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Fawad Shah. “This value-added benefit expands business opportunities for our customers and elevates MCIA’s standing as one of the premier seed certification agencies in the nation.”
To read our full press release, click here.
MCIA has published the 2021 edition of our annual Directory. The Directory contains listings of agronomic crop, native, and organic seed; certified forage and mulch; quality assured seed and sod; approved seed conditioning and bulk seed handling facilities; and producer contacts. As well, the Directory provides information regarding MCIA’s many services and programs. To view the digital edition of MCIA’s 2021 Directory, click here.
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Seed Technologist. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and full benefits. MCIA’s Seed Laboratory operates out of MCIA’s main office on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Saint Paul. For more information, read the full position announcement on our jobs openings page.
Minnesota Crop Improvement Association is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Seed Lab Technician. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and full benefits. MCIA’s Seed Laboratory operates out of MCIA’s main office on the campus of the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. For more information, read the full position announcement on our jobs openings page.
The University of Minnesota has released a new hard red spring wheat variety called ‘MN-Torgy.’ The new variety features a good combination of yield, protein, straw strength, and disease resistance. For on-farm trial results and other information, read the full press release, from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station.
There are still opportunities to enjoy this year’s Minnesota State Fair, despite the cancellation of most on-site events. One example: the fair’s new Crop Art to Go kits. Minnesota Crop Improvement Association provided crop seeds for these kits, continuing a tradition of more than 100 years of involvement with the fair. Everything needed to create your own work of art is included in the kits: seven varieties of seeds, eight beginner illustrations to use as design patterns, a 5 x 7-inch canvas, glue, paintbrush, toothpicks, a pencil, and directions. To order a Crop Art to Go kit, visit the State Fair’s online shop.
Crop art at the Minnesota State Fair was the inspiration of Orris Shulstad, a former manager of MCIA’s seed laboratory who was also superintendent of the State Fair’s farm crops division. In 1965, Shulstad added crop art to the Certified Seed Show and Field Crop Competition. The annual crop art display remains a popular attraction to this day. Creations from the Crop Art to Go kits can be entered in the 2021 Minnesota State Fair competition.
MCIA has published the 2020 edition of our annual Winter Grains Directory. Growers can use the Winter Grains Directory to identify sources of certified and registered rye, triticale, and winter wheat seed. The Directory includes crop variety descriptions as well as producer location and contact information. To view the digital edition of the Winter Grains Directory, click here.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been receiving reports of residents receiving unsolicited packages of seeds appearing to come from China. Officials in other states have reported similar situations. Anyone who has received a package of seeds they did not order should not plant the seeds. What to do? Minnesotans should contact MDA’s Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your name, contact information, and the date the package was received. Officials will coordinate shipping the packaging and contents to the MDA Seed Program. The MDA is working with the USDA’s Smuggling Interdiction and Trade Compliance Program on identification and destruction of the seeds. For more information on this topic, read the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s full press release.
If you shop at farmers markets in the Twin Cities, you may have encountered the bountiful, fresh produce grown by Mhonpaj’s Garden. Did you know that Mhonpaj’s Garden has the distinction of being the first Hmong-owned certified organic farm in Minnesota? The operation is certified organic by Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. Learn more about Mhonpaj Lee, the farm’s owner and namesake, and her new role as an organic farming advisor with MOSES, in this recently published Organic Broadcaster article, written by MCIA Organic Certification Specialist Bailey Webster.
The 2021 MCIA Directory will include a listing of carryover seed. If you are enrolled in MCIA’s Seed Certification program and you have seed you want to list, please submit the Directory Carryover Seed Inclusion form that was included in your field inspection information packet, which we sent to program participants in May. To download the form, go to Client Resources; you’ll find the Directory Carryover Seed Inclusion form listed there under Certification Services, Seed Certification Program.