California Crop Improvement Association
University of California
California Crop Improvement Association

Fee Schedule


The minimum application fee is $100.00.The application fees are as follows:

Corn $11.00/acre
Cotton $4.00/acre
Potato (minimum fee $56) $56.00/acre
Rice - certified $2.50/acre
Rice - foundation and registered $3.50/acre
Sunflower $5.00/acre
Turfgrass $25.00/acre
Watermelon $4.00/acre
All Other Crops $2.50/acre

Applications submitted after the due dates stated in the individual crop standards will be assessed a $100.00 late fee.

Incomplete applications will be assessed a $50.00 late fee. (please see Application to grow and certify seed for details.)

Cancelled applications will be assessed a $100.00 fee.


The minimum application fee is $100 for all programs.

The application fees are as follows:

Heritage Grain Seed Quality Assurance Program $25/acre

Pre-Variety Germplasm Program

  - A Generation Zero (G 0) site inspection

  - All other PVG applications


- $75/hour plus travel expenses

 - $25.00 per acre plus a $100 site inspection fee

Rice Seed Quality Assurance Program $25/acre


The certification fee is based on the number of pounds approved for certification. This fee is charged to the conditioner who is reimbursed by the grower. There is a minimum certification fee of $20.00 and rejected lots will also be charged $20.00.

Certification fees are as follows:

(Includes $.15/cwt. for NAFA, $.35/cwt for research)
Beans and Cowpeas
(Includes $.40/cwt. for research)
Clover $2.05/cwt.
(Includes $4.00/cwt. for research)
Small Grains (Barley, Oats, Rye, Triticale, and Wheat)
(Includes $.30/cwt. for research)
All Other Crops $1.32/cwt.
Rice $0.08/cwt.
Safflower $0.20/cwt.
Sorghum $0.53/cwt.
Sunflower $2.31/cwt.
Turfgrass certificate $20.00/certificate
Watermelon $11.22/cwt.

Certification fees effective October 1, 2016.

Research fees updated October 2015.

Please note that remill, resample and substandard samples are billed regular certification fees.

RESEARCH FEE – Research fees will be assessed on alfalfa, beans and cowpeas, cereal, and clover seed leaving California for final cleaning and conditioning in another state. These research assessments will be reduced by 10% of the California conditioned seed fee and levied on an "in-dirt hundred weight" as reported on Interstate Transfer Certificates. Research Policy for Allocation of Research Funds

*COTTON RESEARCH FEE -Cotton research fees will be completely eliminated on seed of non-approved varieties sold outside California. Seed of approved varieties sold out -of-state will be assessed the full research fee.



Effective January 1, 2016, a fee of $1.25/cwt will be implemented for all “Not Finally Certified” seed lots which receive grey colored OECD tags.


A fee of $40.00 is charged for each OECD Certificate issued.  In addition to the OECD and certificate fees, an assessment for number of pounds OECD certified will be charged.  Effective July 1, 2016 per USDA this assessment is as follows:

Beet $0.14/cwt.
Brassica $0.14/cwt.
Cereals $0.14/cwt.
Corn $0.26/cwt.
Cotton $0.14/cwt.
Grasses $0.14/cwt.
Legumes (other than soybeans) $0.14/cwt.
Sorghum $0.14/cwt.
Soybeans $0.14/cwt.
Sunflower $0.14/cwt.

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