The Department enforces and ensures compliance with the California Food
and Ag Code, Section 52288, California Seed Law. This program protects
vegetable and field crop growers, retail and wholesale establishments,
as well as urban and rural landscapers in the seed buying or selling
business. Inspections are regularly performed by county staff certified
in California seed regulations and who work cooperatively with the
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The Department performs inspections at retail and wholesale establishments that sell seed
in California within the accordance of the California Seed Law. County Inspectors evaluate
and regulate compliance of product labeling requirements set forth by the Food and Agricultural
Code. Inspectors can facilitate evaluation of seed product contents through lab analysis from
the California Department of Food and Agriculture for consumer protection.
The Department provides Official Seed Sampling Services for growers, wholesalers and
industry related businesses requesting seed samples. These samples are taken for lab
analysis for germination, purity, seed moisture etc., by the California Department of
Food and Agriculture's Seed Laboratory. Other types of seed sampling services provided
by the county include: Service Samples and Seed Sampling for Phytosanitary Export
Certification. All sampling procedures used are adhered to and set forth within the
California Code of Regulations.
Harvester / Mill / Warehouse Inspections
The Department provides cleanliness inspections for certification purposes in association
with the California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA) for growers and processors.
Inspectors will attest to the "cleanliness" of harvesters, mills, warehouses and
other seed and grain companies for certification and quality standards.
Quarantine Compliance Inspections
The Department inspects seed shipments coming into Sutter County from out of state
businesses for quarantine compliance. These inspections are conducted to assure
labeling requirements, seed efficacy requirements and protection from pest infestation
for the residents of Sutter County and the citizens of California. This process
minimizes the sale of illegal unregistered labelers and eliminates the introduction
of inferior or substandard seed.