Washington State Crop Improvement Association, Inc., is a non-profit organization working with Washington State University, Washington State Department of Agriculture and Washington seed growers and conditioners to develop, produce and distribute certified seed in order to improve crop yields in Washington.
Working through education, instruction and promotion, Washington State Crop Improvement Association, Inc., is the official Washington State agency for foundation seed and for seed certification of Buckwheat, Chick Pea, Field Pea, Lentil, Soybean, Sorghum, Small Grain and Forest Reproductive Material. Certification of seed of Legume, Grass, and Dry Edible Bean is conducted by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
WSCIA was established in 1946 and Articles of Incorporaton signed in 1951. It was deliberately structured to be run by it’s members. It is governed by a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee. Directors are elected by county crop improvement association.
The officers of WSCIA (Executive Committee): President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer are selected by the Board of Directors. The officers as well as the directors act without compensation. Directors employ a manager and a full time staff of seven to oversee the day-to-day affairs.
The Association has an active membership of over 500 members. Anyone (person or organization) interested in quality seed in general is encouraged to become a member of the Association. Membership in the Association provides the member information relative to the seed industry such as new developments, technical information, sources and availability of seed.
Funding of WSCIA is provided by fees for services rendered.