Canadian Seed Grader Program

The Canadian Seed Grader Program provides the seed industry with a means for improving the efficiency of the seed trade between the United States and Canada.  It allows individuals to apply for and, provided they meet all requirements, become accredited seed graders in the U.S.

Individuals who are granted accreditation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) as seed graders will be allowed to assign a grade name to pedigreed seed in the United States for marketing in Canada.  An accredited grader may review the information on reports of analysis issued by seed testing laboratories officially recognized by the CFIA and assign a Canada pedigreed grade name to crop kinds as specified in the Grade Tables of Schedule I of the Seeds Regulations.

The Canadian Seed Grader Program in the U.S. is administered by the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.  For more information about this program, please contact the program coordinator:

Todd Erickson
Seed Regulatory & Testing Division
801 Summit Crossing Place, Suite C
Gastonia, NC 28054

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