We conduct the Seed Certification program in Delaware for seed companies and local growers, resulting in the use of higher quality seed for soybeans and small grains in Delaware. The certification process consists of field inspections of the mature crop, sampling, laboratory analysis, and proper labeling through certified seed tags (Title 3 Chapter 15 §1507). Funds collected for certified seed tags and field inspections are placed in an Appropriated Special Funds (ASF) account. The Seed Certification Specialist also collects royalty fees on patented varieties where a royalty agreement is in force (Title 3 Chapter 15 §1507) and enforces the Plant Variety Protection Act (federal law). A portion of the royalty fee collected is paid to the Delaware Department of Agriculture and placed in an ASF account.
Two aspects of the program ensure that Delaware consumers are purchasing quality seed:
Revenues collected for service seed samples are placed into the State General Fund.
Our staff provides grain inspection, training, and grading services to grain mills statewide. We examine and issue two-year licenses to operators who inspect grain in Delaware. All grain mill employees must be licensed, and grain testing equipment must be registered with the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Grain mills are certified annually (Title 3 Chapter 16 – Grain Inspection, Certification, and Grain Contracts).
The license fee per two-year period is $10.00, and the revenues go into the State General Fund.
We conduct the Cultivated Certified Sod Program in Delaware for local growers, resulting in marketable certified or approved sod that is of uniform density, color, texture, free of serious amounts of thatch, weeds, insects, disease, nematode, and other crop plants. The certification process consists of field inspections prior to harvest and proper labeling through certified tags issued by the Department. Funds collected for certified sod tags and field inspection are paid to the Delaware Department of Agriculture and placed in an Appropriated Special Funds (ASF) account.
Kenneth Wilkins, Agricultural Inspector, Grain Inspector
Business Phone: 302-698-4593
Olivia Everett, Environmental Scientist II, Seed Certification Specialist
Business Phone: 302-698-4596
Courtney Kohel, Agricultural Inspector, Seed Lab
Business Phone: 302-698-4590