The WSCIA Foundation Seed Service accepts year-in-advance (YIA) agreements for most varieties. The YIA agreements are firm commitments to purchase seed at an agreed upon price. These agreements are offered so that you may reserve specific varieties for future planting. A per pound discount is also a benefit in signing a YIA agreement, offered on all varieties excepting those within two years of release.
In the case of newly released varieties, the YIA agreement document will look and read differently. This was necessary in order to conform to the WSU system of variety release, and the legal and technical aspects of Plant Variety Protection (PVP) law regarding the timing of sale of new varieties.
WSCIA reserves the right to charge a penalty or restocking fee up to the full amount of the purchase price if the available seed is not purchased under the YIA agreement. Non-YIA sales will be at the price in effect at the time of delivery.
Under the Plant Variety Protection Act of 1970 (revised 1994), an originator, developer, or owner of a variety may obtain legal protection for that variety exercising one of two enforcement options:
Benefit to the farmers:
The Plant Variety Protection Act was designed to promote the development of new varieties. Allowing Plant Breeders to determine who can sell seed of the varieties developed gives them the ability to recoup the monies expended in the process and re-invest in future variety development programs.Researchers estimate that as much as 65% of increased performance in agricultural crops is due to improved genetics. Besides increases in yield, there have been improvements in disease and pest resistance, and varieties that are adapted to various soil types and production practices.
Foundation Seed Services
2575 NE Hopkins Court,
Pullman, WA 99163
(509) 335-7007 fax