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Nursery and Certified Seed Programs

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The Nursery Inspection Program is intended to prevent the spread of injurious pests through infested nursery stock.flower This program also aims to assure consumers receive nursery stock which is reasonably free of common pests, and in viable condition. Wholesale nurseries are inspected at least annually, and more frequently when non-compliances are found.

The Certified Seed Program is intended to assure purity, viability, and identity of agricultural and vegetable seed. Inspectors check agricultural, vegetable, grass, and flower seed at retail and wholesale outlets throughout the County to ensure compliance with the California Seed Law. Seed must be labeled correctly as to purity, germination, percentage, kind or variety and contaminants. Inspectors take official samples of seed for submission to the California Department of Food and Agriculture Seed Laboratory for analysis. The results are then compared to the label on the seed container that was sampled to verify that the labeling truly represents the commodity. Seed lots are also inspected for possible insects of quarantine significance, noxious weeds, and noxious seeds.