Iowa Crop Improvement Association (ICIA) is a nonprofit organization designated by Chapter 177 in the Iowa Legislature as the official seed certifying agency in Iowa. ICIA is composed of member companies and individuals working in the seed industry and advancing seed and crop improvement.
The purpose of ICIA is:
ICIA audits and inspects the production of certified seed using established certification standards. Seed certification provides:
Field inspection standards and protocols used by ICIA for certification are established by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Seed Schemes, and the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA). Seed testing is conducted by laboratories who follow the “Rules for Testing Seeds,” which is regulated by the Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA).
ICIA’s membership is composed of seed producers, farmers, others interested in crop improvement. The Board of Directors includes the following members:
The Board of Directors determines the officers for the organization. The ICIA Director holds an appointment in the Department of Agronomy, Iowa State university.
Iowa Crop Improvement Association financially supports the Iowa State University Crops Team, sponsors the Iowa FFA Agronomy Career Development event, offers a summer internship program, and awards several scholarships through Iowa State University.