Iowa Seed Directory Offers Quality Seed Options

AMES, Iowa - If you are a farmer or gardener looking for quality-assured seed to plant this year, the Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) recently published the 2008 Iowa Seed Directory. To get your free copy of the Iowa Seed Directory contact the ICIA at (515) 294-6921 or The directory also can be found at Seed production information from more than 100 producers and conditioners is listed in this year's directory. Iowa Seed Directory listings are composed of ICIA members who range from farmer-owned seed enterprises to multinational companies. The directory lists fields inspected for genetic identity and purity during the 2008 season. The Iowa Seed Directory is published annually as a resource for quality seeds of soybeans, oats, wheat and native prairie species. The ICIA encourages consumers to request analysis information when making seed purchases. Documentation of seed germination, purity and presence of weed species assures the purchase of quality seed. The nonprofit Iowa Crop Improvement Association is the official seed certifying agency for the state of Iowa, with headquarters in the department of agronomy at Iowa State University. ICIA's mission is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. Founded in 1902, the association has provided seed production and crop performance testing services for 87 years. The association's membership is composed of farmers, seed producers and others interested in crop improvement. The ICIA supports the Iowa State University Crops Team, sponsors the Iowa FFA Agronomy Career Development event, offers a summer internship program and awards five annual scholarships to Iowa State undergraduates