Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association
8520 University Green
Middleton, WI 53562


Estimate Costs and Returns for Crop Production


Certification Programs

Organized in 1901, the Wisconsin Crop Improvement Association (WCIA), a non-profit organization, is designated as the official seed certifying agency in Wisconsin under the authority granted by the Wisconsin legislature. WCIA cooperates with the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection in its certification activities. WCIA conducts third party, field, seed and facility inspections under four Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) programs and the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA) program.

The Certification Label is valid only when attached to a seed/grain container or to a forage/mulch bale of the specified variety/kind and lot number. WCIA provides certification labels to growers based upon field inspection and seed laboratory testing of representative seed/grain samples submitted by growers/conditioners for analysis. The labeler, by attaching the certification label to a particular lot of seed/grain or forage/mulch bale, is representing to both WCIA and the buyer, that the product has been produced, conditioned and inspected in accordance with the standards and procedures established by the WCIA and that the product described on the label meets certification and state and federal law requirements.

Blue Tag
Green Tag
SI Yellow Tag
White Tag
Yellow Tag

The grower and/or seller whose name appears on or is attached to the container or bag of seed is solely responsible for the seed analysis and other information thereon and for the proper use of the certification label. WCIA is not the seller and makes no warranties, whether expressed or implied (including the implied warranty of merchantability), as to the seeds/grain or forage/mulch bale sold by the grower or seller. The buyer is purchasing the product ‘as is’ with respect to WCIA.

Transferring Unconditioned Seed

Certified Seed must be transferred with either a Certified Seed Tag or with a WCIA signed "Transfer of Seed Pending Certification Certificate." With this WCIA signed Transfer of Seed Pending Certification Certificate, producers may sell and transfer unconditioned seed to a buyer who agrees to complete certification of such seed. The producer is responsible for ensuring that a copy of the Transfer of Seed Pending Certification Certificate is filed with the Association, which must be on file before seed samples from transferred seed will be processed in the lab. The transferring of seed to an out-of-state buyer involves interagency certification and prior arrangements for making such transfer shall be made with the Association.


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