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Promote agricultural production by through seed inspection, testing, and certification

Our seed programs ensure that seed sold for planting purposes in Louisiana meets seed label guarantees and quality standards, and also ensure a mechanism is in place to provide a reliable source of high quality seed from superior new crop varieties for Louisiana producers. We:

  • Enforce seed law and regulations

  • Administer seed certification

  • Manage the State Seed Testing Laboratory (5825 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70806). 

  • Regulate the industrial hemp industry .

We can help you in the production, identification, distribution, and promotion of certified classes of seed through:

  • Verification of planting stock origin

  • Field inspections

  • Laboratory analysis

  • Auditing

  • Labeling

  • Approval of certified seed storage, handling, and processing facilities


  • Seed certification

    Get seeds certified and find local certified seeds
  • Seed sampling and testing

    Get seed samples tested and inspected for germination, purity, and more
  • Seed dealer licensing

    Get authorized to sell, distribute, or handle seed or other propagating stock
  • Seed regulations and compliance

    Review requirements for seed labeling, seed sales, records, and reporting

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