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Seed Service Testing Fees  
Charges / Hour
Minimum Charge, 1 hr.= $52.00 - Effective April 15, 2002
  • 1/4 hr. - $13.00
  • 1/2 hr. - $ 26.00
  • 3/4 hr. - $ 39.00
  • 1 hr - $ 52.00
  • 1-1/4 hrs. - $ 65.00
  • 1-1/2 hrs. - $ 78.00
  • 1-3/4 hrs. - $ 91.00
  • 2 hrs. - $ 104.00

The Seed Service Testing Fees chart shows the charges per hour and the minimum size sample needed for testing

Please furnish the following information (if applicable) with your sample

  • Company Name and Address
  • Kind and Variety
  • Lot number
  • Other identifying marks (eg. letter of credit number)
  • Quantity represented by the sample, or number of seeds
  • Size of Shipment, or number of seeds
  • Export to which Country
  • Testing Rules needed, ISTA, AOSA, or FSA
  • Requested Tests such as germination, purity, noxious, moisture, pathology, etc.
  • Seed Treatment Substances, if any
  • Special Instructions
  • Contact person's name, phone number, and fax number

Official Samples for Service Testing

Beginning January 2, 2007, customers who require testing of official samples must have their official samples drawn by a Seed Regulatory Testing Division authorized seed sampler. These samplers have been trained, evaluated, and authorized to sample seed in accordance with pertinent guidelines for the purpose of service testing by Seed Regulatory Testing Division. USDA Seed Analysis Certificates will include a statement regarding the seed as an official sample. Each official sample must be accompanied by the authorized seed samplerís documentation in addition to the customerís request for analysis. A seed sample that is not accompanied by the authorized seed samplerís report will not be considered as an official sample but will be tested according to customer request, and the resulting USDA Seed Analysis Certificate will not make any reference to an official sample.


Seed Regulatory and Testing Division
801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C
Gastonia, North Carolina 28054-2193
Phone: (704) 810-8870
Fax: (704) 852-4189

  List of Authorized Seed Samplers - PDF file  
  Seed Service Fees Chart and Minimum Sample Sizes - PDF file  
  Additional Seed Service Information - PDF file  
  Agricultural Marketing Act 7 CFR 75  
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  Last Modified Date: 11/16/2012