The use of native seed in rangeland reclamation is still a relatively new industry in comparison to agronomic seedÂ crops. Little is known about many species and the Association of Official Seed Analysts and yet the Society of Commercial Seed Technologists is charged with the research to produce repeatable purity and viability seed testing results. The Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies has developed the Pre-Variety Germplasm certification program; however this is used extensively by some states and customers, and not at all by others. The Federal Seed Act covers only a few cool season grass species and most state seed laws do not cover native or reclamation species. This could mean that native and reclamation seed is sold and traded with absolutely no consumer protection under the various laws. End users vary in size, and have varying opinions, expectations and understandings of how seed testing, certification and seed laws can and should be impacting the product they depend upon. The native and reclamation segment of the seed industry is still an evolving entity and is vitally important to the scientific community and society as a whole.
Oral presentation and poster titles, abstracts, and authors from the Society for Range Management (SRM) Annual Meetings and Tradeshows, from 2013 forward.