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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 2. Agriculture
Agency 10. State Certified Seed Board
Chapter 10. Rules and Regulations Providing for the Certification of Seeds and Other Materials Used for Plant Propagation Purposes
8/8/2020

2VAC10-10-30. Classes, Identification, and Sources of Certified Seed.

A. There shall be four classes of seed recognized in the certification program as follows:

1. Breeder seed. Breeder seed is a class of certified seed directly controlled by the originating or sponsoring plant breeding institution, or person, or designee thereof, and is the source for the production of seed of the other classes of certified seed.

2. Foundation seed. Foundation seed is a class of certified seed which is the progeny of breeder or foundation seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for producing the foundation class of seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity.

3. Registered seed. Registered seed is a class of certified seed which is the progeny of breeder or foundation seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency, in accordance with this part, for producing the registered class of seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity.

4. Certified seed. Certified seed is a class of certified seed which is the progeny of breeder, foundation, or registered seed and is produced and handled under procedures established by the certifying agency for producing the certified class of seed, for the purpose of maintaining genetic purity and identity.

B. Identification of the above classes shall be as follows:

Breeder Class - White Tag

Foundation Class - White Tag

Registered Class - Purple Tag

Certified Class - Blue Tag

Attaching of tags to base shall depend upon the crop and shall be in accordance with guidelines specified by the official certifying agency.

C. The source of seed planted for the production of any of the above classes of seed shall be documented to the certifying agency which shall establish appropriate criteria of acceptance from time to time considering variety, origin, diseases, limited generations and other factors that may be necessary to implement the standards of certification established by the State Certified Seed Board.

Statutory Authority

§§ 3.2-4024 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR172-01-01 § 3, eff. April 1980.

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