Source: American Seed Trade Association
The National Conference on Weights and Measures passed a vote July 14 to standardize testing methods and procedures for seed count labeling, which will positively impact farmers and seed companies.
The American Seed Trade Association filed a petition to amend Handbook 133 of the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), which includes procedures for testing packages labeled by weight, volume, measure and count. The petition requests that the handbook match the standards of the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA) for testing seeds.
"The manner in which seed is purchased and sold has significantly changed in recent years and this amendment will help provide regulatory uniformity for seed testing," said Andy LaVigne, ASTA president and chief executive officer. "We appreciate the National Conference on Weights and Measures' recognition of this issue and applaud their decision."