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SCST: 2024 Director-at-Large & Honorary Member Nominations

Attention all Registered, Certified, Professional, and Research Members of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists: In accordance with the SCST Constitution and by-laws, it is the duty of the nominating committee to notify all voting members that nominations for one Director-at-Large position, to serve a three-year term, are in order.  No more than six (6)…

Announcements

All States Noxious-Weed List January 2024 Update

Dear Members, State Noxious-weed Seed List has been updated for January 2024.  As a reminder, this publication will only be updated when SRTD receives an official information from the State seed control officials.  The State seed control officials are encouraged to contact the SRTD office as soon as updates or changes are being made to their…

Job Posting

ADM is Hiring a Registered Seed Technologist in Caldwell, ID

Plan your visit to Caldwell, ID!! About ADM: ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We’re a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We’re blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier…

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Canadian Seed Grader Training offered by the USDA Seed Regulatory & Testing Division

The USDA Seed Regulatory and Testing Division will be offering a 2 day training on Canadian Grading at their Gastonia lab on March 19-20, 2024.  Candidates must be a CSA or RST in purity and germination, and work for a laboratory that holds either an ISTA, ISO 17025, or USDA ASL accreditation.  Those who successfully…

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2024 AOSA Nominations & Merit Award

February 12, 2024 To: Association of Official Seed Analysts Member LaboratoriesFrom: Bridget Westfall, Chairman AOSA Elections Committee AOSA Nominations SolicitationThis is an announcement that AOSA is taking nominations from our membership for Vice President, two board members, and Sec/Treas. Sec./Treas. and the board member positions are each for a three-year term. The Vice President position is…

Job Posting

Washington State Department of Ag is Now Hiring Multiple Laboratory Technicians in Yakima, WA!!

Plan your visit to Yakima, WA! AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with…

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Job Opportunity at HM CLAUSE in Modesto, CA

Germination Lab Technologist   Plan your visit to Modesto, CA! “WE BUILD TRUST WITH FARMERS AROUND THE WORLD BY SUPPORTING THEM TO SUSTAINABLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND FLAVOR OF THEIR PRODUCTION.” HM.CLAUSE is a Business Unit of Limagrain, an international agricultural co-operative founded and managed by farmers. HM.CLAUSE specializes in the breeding, production, and sale of vegetable seeds. From the…

Announcements | Job Posting

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is hiring in Baton Rouge, LA!

Seed Programs Administrative Coordinator   Plan your visit to Baton Rouge, LA!! Job Summary The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (‘LDAF’) is seeking an Agricultural & Environmental Specialist Administrative Program Coordinator (Seed Testing Laboratory Manager) in our Seed Testing Laboratory.   The Louisiana State Seed Testing Laboratory is a function of the Seed Programs; a…

Announcements | Events | News Article

Seed Identification & Germination Workshop

Organized by: The California State Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA April 3-5, 2024 Registration is now open. The California State Seed Laboratory will be organizing a 3-day Seed ID and Germination workshop in April 2024. The seed ID part will cover approaches for dealing with unknown seeds, identification of some species on the CSA/RST exam list, and…

Job Posting

Washington State Department of Ag is Now Hiring a Seed Certification Field Supervisor Yakima, WA!!

Plan your visit to Yakima, WA! AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with…

Announcements

AOSCA Variety Fluorescence Levels, January 2024

Greetings AOSA & SCST Members, On behalf of the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board, please see the below memo and chart referencing “Variety Fluorescence Levels Recognized by the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board”. This VFL list accepted as of January 5th, 2024 supersedes all previously dated lists. Please distribute this list to all interested businesses,…

Announcements

Webinar on Grass Seed Structures & Identification of Lolium & Festuca Species is Now Available!!

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The webinar has been posted on the AOSA/SCST website.  You may view it through the AOSA/SCST Home page under CE Webinars & Practice Exams OR the Teaching and Training Committee page.  You may also go directly to the page by clicking on the link below. AOSA / SCST Teaching and Training – Analyzeseeds…

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2024 AOSA/SCST 1st Examination Date

Applications for examination are now being accepted for the following dates: Region II: Midwest, April 19th and April 26th, 2024 Iowa State University will be hosting the AOSA/SCST exams in Ames, IA in conjunction with their Seed Analyst Short Courses: Germination April 15th – April 18th and Purity April 22nd – April 25th. The Germination Examination will…

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2024 AOSA-SCST Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE… June 2-6th, 2024 Rapid City, South Dakota The 2024 AOSA/SCST Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching, be sure to save the dates as noted above and plan to join us in South Dakota in June! Registration rates and meeting details will be posted in February. SPECIAL NOTE! Any individual wishing to host a workshop at the…

Announcements | Events | News Article

Seed Identification & Germination Workshop

Organized by: The California State Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA April 3-5, 2024 The California State Seed Laboratory will be organizing a 3-day Seed ID and Germination workshop in April 2024. The seed ID part will cover approaches for dealing with unknown seeds, identification of some species on the CSA/RST exam list, and other objects encountered…

Announcements

AOSCA Variety Fluorescence Levels, December 2023

Greetings AOSA & SCST Members, On behalf of the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board, please see the below memo and chart referencing “Variety Fluorescence Levels Recognized by the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board”. This VFL list accepted as of March 7th, 2013 supersedes all previously dated lists. Please distribute this list to all interested businesses,…

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GENETICS SUPERWORKSHOP

SOCIETY OF COMMERCIAL SEED TECHNOLOGISTS   February 12th – 16th, 2024 Seed Science, 2115 Osborn Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, IowaSponsored by the SCST Genetic Technology Committee The Society of Commercial Seed Technologists Genetic Testing Super Workshop is held every other year and is the equivalent of five individual workshops in one week. The workshop is targeted towards those preparing…

Announcements

The NEW 2023 Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook is NOW Available!!

Dear AOSA and SCST Membership, We are excited to announce that the long-awaited Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook is now available through our website store.  You can now purchase the 2023 Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook directly from the website in a digital download or CD format.     To purchase, please visit: Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook, 2023 – Analyzeseeds Thank you,AOSA &…

Announcements

Seed Technologists Newsletter

Volume 90 No. 2 Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The Seed Technologists Newsletter welcomes submissions from our members. The Newsletter is a reflection of what our membership wants to see and the content submitted.  Please see the Communications and Publications page on the website for article submission information, or to submit content via google form.  Communications and…

Announcements

Region VI Call for Participation on a Germination Referee Study on Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, This is a call for your lab’s participation in a referee study for the germination of Kentucky bluegrass (poa pratensis). We plan to send this referee in early February 2024 with a deadline for submitting referee results on April 15th, 2024. This referee will be used to facilitate laboratory or analyst…

Announcements

2023-2024 AOSA/SCST Sample Processes Proficiency Test Deadline Reminder

Dear AOSA & SCST Members,Just a reminder of the third proficiency test over Sample Processes is due December 29th.   An easy way to break it down and get it completed is to just work on a couple questions when you have a few minutes of free time. Thank you, Jeanna Mueller (RST)AOSA Chairjmueller@ndseed.ndsu.edu Heidi Jo…

Announcements

Webinar on Seed Identification from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Uniformity Study is Now Available!!

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The webinar has been posted on the AOSA/SCST website.  You may view it through the AOSA/SCST Home page under CE Webinars & Practice Exams OR the Teaching and Training Committee page.  You may also go directly to the page by clicking on the link below. AOSA / SCST Teaching and Training – Analyzeseeds…

Announcements

EPA Solicits Comments on Treated Seeds

The EPA has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOT to be confused with the AOSA Rules) to solicit public comments and suggestions about seeds that have been coated in pesticides, otherwise known as treated seeds. Specifically, EPA is seeking comment on whether it should adopt a rule (NOT the AOSA Rules) requiring treated seeds to be…

Job Posting

ADM is Hiring a Registered Seed Technologist in Caldwell, ID

Plan your visit to Caldwell, ID!! About ADM: ADM unlocks the power of nature to enrich the quality of life. We’re a premier global human and animal nutrition company, delivering solutions today with an eye to the future. We’re blazing new trails in health and well-being as our scientists develop groundbreaking products to support healthier…

Job Posting

Washington State Department of Ag is Now Hiring Multiple Laboratory Technicians in Yakima, WA!!

Plan your visit to Yakima, WA! AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with…

Announcements | Job Posting

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is hiring in Baton Rouge, LA!

Seed Programs Administrative Coordinator   Plan your visit to Baton Rouge, LA!! Job Summary The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (‘LDAF’) is seeking an Agricultural & Environmental Specialist Administrative Program Coordinator (Seed Testing Laboratory Manager) in our Seed Testing Laboratory.   The Louisiana State Seed Testing Laboratory is a function of the Seed Programs; a…

Job Posting

Washington State Department of Ag is Now Hiring a Seed Certification Field Supervisor Yakima, WA!!

Plan your visit to Yakima, WA! AGRICULTURE – A Cornerstone of Washington’s Economy The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation, and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with…

Announcements | News Article

SCST: 2024 Director-at-Large & Honorary Member Nominations

Attention all Registered, Certified, Professional, and Research Members of the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists: In accordance with the SCST Constitution and by-laws, it is the duty of the nominating committee to notify all voting members that nominations for one Director-at-Large position, to serve a three-year term, are in order.  No more than six (6)…

Announcements

All States Noxious-Weed List January 2024 Update

Dear Members, State Noxious-weed Seed List has been updated for January 2024.  As a reminder, this publication will only be updated when SRTD receives an official information from the State seed control officials.  The State seed control officials are encouraged to contact the SRTD office as soon as updates or changes are being made to their…

Announcements | Events | News Article

Canadian Seed Grader Training offered by the USDA Seed Regulatory & Testing Division

The USDA Seed Regulatory and Testing Division will be offering a 2 day training on Canadian Grading at their Gastonia lab on March 19-20, 2024.  Candidates must be a CSA or RST in purity and germination, and work for a laboratory that holds either an ISTA, ISO 17025, or USDA ASL accreditation.  Those who successfully…

Announcements | News Article

2024 AOSA Nominations & Merit Award

February 12, 2024 To: Association of Official Seed Analysts Member LaboratoriesFrom: Bridget Westfall, Chairman AOSA Elections Committee AOSA Nominations SolicitationThis is an announcement that AOSA is taking nominations from our membership for Vice President, two board members, and Sec/Treas. Sec./Treas. and the board member positions are each for a three-year term. The Vice President position is…

Announcements

Job Opportunity at HM CLAUSE in Modesto, CA

Germination Lab Technologist   Plan your visit to Modesto, CA! “WE BUILD TRUST WITH FARMERS AROUND THE WORLD BY SUPPORTING THEM TO SUSTAINABLY IMPROVE THE QUALITY AND FLAVOR OF THEIR PRODUCTION.” HM.CLAUSE is a Business Unit of Limagrain, an international agricultural co-operative founded and managed by farmers. HM.CLAUSE specializes in the breeding, production, and sale of vegetable seeds. From the…

Announcements | Job Posting

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry is hiring in Baton Rouge, LA!

Seed Programs Administrative Coordinator   Plan your visit to Baton Rouge, LA!! Job Summary The Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry (‘LDAF’) is seeking an Agricultural & Environmental Specialist Administrative Program Coordinator (Seed Testing Laboratory Manager) in our Seed Testing Laboratory.   The Louisiana State Seed Testing Laboratory is a function of the Seed Programs; a…

Announcements | Events | News Article

Seed Identification & Germination Workshop

Organized by: The California State Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA April 3-5, 2024 Registration is now open. The California State Seed Laboratory will be organizing a 3-day Seed ID and Germination workshop in April 2024. The seed ID part will cover approaches for dealing with unknown seeds, identification of some species on the CSA/RST exam list, and…

Announcements

AOSCA Variety Fluorescence Levels, January 2024

Greetings AOSA & SCST Members, On behalf of the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board, please see the below memo and chart referencing “Variety Fluorescence Levels Recognized by the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board”. This VFL list accepted as of January 5th, 2024 supersedes all previously dated lists. Please distribute this list to all interested businesses,…

Announcements

Webinar on Grass Seed Structures & Identification of Lolium & Festuca Species is Now Available!!

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The webinar has been posted on the AOSA/SCST website.  You may view it through the AOSA/SCST Home page under CE Webinars & Practice Exams OR the Teaching and Training Committee page.  You may also go directly to the page by clicking on the link below. AOSA / SCST Teaching and Training – Analyzeseeds…

Announcements | Events | News Article

2024 AOSA/SCST 1st Examination Date

Applications for examination are now being accepted for the following dates: Region II: Midwest, April 19th and April 26th, 2024 Iowa State University will be hosting the AOSA/SCST exams in Ames, IA in conjunction with their Seed Analyst Short Courses: Germination April 15th – April 18th and Purity April 22nd – April 25th. The Germination Examination will…

Announcements | Events

2024 AOSA-SCST Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE… June 2-6th, 2024 Rapid City, South Dakota The 2024 AOSA/SCST Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching, be sure to save the dates as noted above and plan to join us in South Dakota in June! Registration rates and meeting details will be posted in February. SPECIAL NOTE! Any individual wishing to host a workshop at the…

Announcements | Events | News Article

Seed Identification & Germination Workshop

Organized by: The California State Seed Laboratory, Sacramento, CA April 3-5, 2024 The California State Seed Laboratory will be organizing a 3-day Seed ID and Germination workshop in April 2024. The seed ID part will cover approaches for dealing with unknown seeds, identification of some species on the CSA/RST exam list, and other objects encountered…

Announcements

AOSCA Variety Fluorescence Levels, December 2023

Greetings AOSA & SCST Members, On behalf of the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board, please see the below memo and chart referencing “Variety Fluorescence Levels Recognized by the AOSCA Grass Variety Review Board”. This VFL list accepted as of March 7th, 2013 supersedes all previously dated lists. Please distribute this list to all interested businesses,…

Announcements | Events | News Article

GENETICS SUPERWORKSHOP

SOCIETY OF COMMERCIAL SEED TECHNOLOGISTS   February 12th – 16th, 2024 Seed Science, 2115 Osborn Drive, Iowa State University, Ames, IowaSponsored by the SCST Genetic Technology Committee The Society of Commercial Seed Technologists Genetic Testing Super Workshop is held every other year and is the equivalent of five individual workshops in one week. The workshop is targeted towards those preparing…

Announcements

The NEW 2023 Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook is NOW Available!!

Dear AOSA and SCST Membership, We are excited to announce that the long-awaited Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook is now available through our website store.  You can now purchase the 2023 Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook directly from the website in a digital download or CD format.     To purchase, please visit: Cultivar Purity Testing Handbook, 2023 – Analyzeseeds Thank you,AOSA &…

Announcements

Seed Technologists Newsletter

Volume 90 No. 2 Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The Seed Technologists Newsletter welcomes submissions from our members. The Newsletter is a reflection of what our membership wants to see and the content submitted.  Please see the Communications and Publications page on the website for article submission information, or to submit content via google form.  Communications and…

Announcements

Region VI Call for Participation on a Germination Referee Study on Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis)

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, This is a call for your lab’s participation in a referee study for the germination of Kentucky bluegrass (poa pratensis). We plan to send this referee in early February 2024 with a deadline for submitting referee results on April 15th, 2024. This referee will be used to facilitate laboratory or analyst…

Announcements

2023-2024 AOSA/SCST Sample Processes Proficiency Test Deadline Reminder

Dear AOSA & SCST Members,Just a reminder of the third proficiency test over Sample Processes is due December 29th.   An easy way to break it down and get it completed is to just work on a couple questions when you have a few minutes of free time. Thank you, Jeanna Mueller (RST)AOSA Chairjmueller@ndseed.ndsu.edu Heidi Jo…

Announcements

Webinar on Seed Identification from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Uniformity Study is Now Available!!

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The webinar has been posted on the AOSA/SCST website.  You may view it through the AOSA/SCST Home page under CE Webinars & Practice Exams OR the Teaching and Training Committee page.  You may also go directly to the page by clicking on the link below. AOSA / SCST Teaching and Training – Analyzeseeds…

Announcements

EPA Solicits Comments on Treated Seeds

The EPA has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOT to be confused with the AOSA Rules) to solicit public comments and suggestions about seeds that have been coated in pesticides, otherwise known as treated seeds. Specifically, EPA is seeking comment on whether it should adopt a rule (NOT the AOSA Rules) requiring treated seeds to be…

Announcements

Germination Uniformity Working Group & Committee Survey #5

Dear AOSA & SCST Membership, The germination committee and the germination uniformity working group continue to need your assistance. Below is a link to the fifth survey that includes high quality images of seedlings. Please download the pdf and save to your computer prior to filling it out.  The instructions for how to complete the survey are…

Announcements

Webinar on Identifying Select Brassica & Staria Species is Now Available!!

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The webinar has been posted on the AOSA/SCST website.  You may view it through the AOSA/SCST Home page under CE Webinars & Practice Exams OR the Teaching and Training Committee page.  You may also go directly to the page by clicking on the link below. AOSA / SCST Teaching and Training – Analyzeseeds…

Announcements

2023 SCST RGT/CGT Examination Date Scheduled

Dear SCST Members, The RGT Board of Examiners will be offering the RGT/CGT exam at SGS-Brookings on September 22nd at 9:00 am CDT. Applications to take this exam are due September 1st, 2023. Exam applications can be found on the AOSA/SCST website HERE. Please submit applications to the Executive Director at the following location via mail,…

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AOSA-SCST Consolidated Exam Committee UPDATES

Dear AOSA & SCST Members, The AOSA and SCST Consolidated Exam Committee would like to announce that we have updated the exam application, the re-examination application and the Consolidated Exam Content Information.  Additionally, we have updated the Herbarium Voucher form that had been used by SCST applicants and is now applicable to both AOSA and…

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