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North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks Directors Visit Chilean Seed Certification Groups

The delegation met with foundation seed producers, seed certification officials, seed industry representatives and toured production and research fields. The objective of the visit was to acquire knowledge of the seed certification program in Chile, which may facilitate cooperation between both programs.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published by Servicio Agricola y Ganadero (SAG) (Agricultural and Livestock Service) of Chile.  The article was translated into English and is being used here with permission of SAG.  Brackets indicate our modified or added wording.  The original article in Spanish can be viewed on the SAG website:

Santiago, Chile, 20 December 2013

During the first week of December 2013, the Director of Seed Division of the Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service, Mr. Jaime Ibieta, and his technical personnel, received Director Dale Williams and Assistant Director Gonzalo Rojas of the Foundation Seedstocks Program of North Dakota State University (NDSU).

The North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks (NDFSS) program maintains over 14 species, including wheat, soybeans, barley, oats, dry beans, lentil, flax, among others, and over 100 varieties. The NDFSS program manages around 2,500 hectares distributed in five Research and Extension Centers across the state of North Dakota.  The NDFSS program maintenance is the largest in United States.

The objectives of the NDFSS program are to maintain, increase and distribute genetically pure seed of new and old varieties released by NDSU breeding programs, coordinate the seed increases program with other states, as well as develop and improve protocols for seed increase systems.

The invitation to visit the Chilean seed certification program was carried out by the Seed Division Director, who is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Official Seed Certification Agencies (AOSCA).

The technical visit focused on different cereal crops, consisted in learning the post control trials that the Seeds Division maintains at La Platina Experimental Station of INIA (Institute of Agricultural Research), the protocols and facilities of the seed analysis laboratory of Lo Aguirre, which is a seed lab accredited to the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA), and technical visits to several seed production fields of different producers and multipliers of certified seed at the La Araucanía and Los Ríos regions.  [Getting to know the producers will allow NDFSS to have contacts to work directly with in winter nurseries.]

The directors of the ND Foundation Seedstocks program emphasized high specialization, technology, reliability and knowledge of the national and international market of Chilean producers; in addition, they noted that the systems of certification and maintenance of varieties of both countries are the same, which facilitates the export and import of seeds. They also expressed their intentions to expand relations with Chile for [winter seed increases].

Translation by: Gonazalo Rojas-Cifuenties, (701) 231-8168,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, (701) 231-7123,

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