Section 11. Applying to grow certified seed
11.1 Applications. The “Application to Produce Certified Seed” must be submitted directly to the CCIA using the online submission procedure defined at the web site page Application to grow and certify seed. The deadline for submission of an application is indicated in the individual crop standards available at the web site page Crop Standards. Applications submitted after the date indicated, as determined by the individual crop standard, may be accepted, but late application fees will be applied. The “Schedule of Fees” includes late fee descriptions and is available at Fee Schedule. The acceptance of late applications is always contingent on whether field inspection can be scheduled and verification that the crop has not matured beyond the point where an accurate field inspection can be made.
The verification of planting stock through documentation must accompany each application. This verification can be in the form of Certification Tags (removed from the bag(s)) or Bulk Sale Certificate(s). When this documentation is not available, CCIA may elect to accept an invoice for the seed planted if a copy of an original invoice is provided by the seller with the following information: variety name, pounds sold, class of certified seed, certification number, and lot number.
The CCIA may request verification of the applicant's right to certify proprietary varieties.
11.2 Renewal Applications. For perennial crops, an application must be submitted each year whether or not seed production is intended that year. This is required for the field to remain eligible for certification in subsequent years. Renewal applications are offered electronically to the original applicant by CCIA in early January. Renewal applications will be available online when the applicant logs into the system. The applicant must take one of the following actions for each renewal application:
Renew Application – the production field will be used for seed production in this crop year.
No Crop – a seed crop will not be produced this crop year, but the field should remain in the certification program for future years.
Cancel – field is canceled and removed from the certification program.
The deadline for taking one of the above actions will be February 15th. If no action is taken by the applicant, CCIA staff will cancel the field.
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