Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
 Division of Plant Industry
Christopher A. Logue, Director, (518) 457-2087

Seed Testing Laboratory

Welcome to the new Seed Lab at the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The Seed Lab, which was recently transferred from Cornell University's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station (NYSAES) in Geneva to the New York State Food Laboratory in Albany, provides assurances to the agricultural community that seed used in production is healthy and robust.

Established in 1882, the Seed Lab at Cornell University prided itself in providing high quality, non-biased seed results to residents, growers and seed companies. Since 1912, the lab has been operating as the regulatory laboratory for New York State, testing inspection samples to verify accuracy of product content and labeling for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

The lab performs critical functions for the agricultural industry, testing 800 samples annually to insure that seed purchased by New York State farmers and consumers is true to label claim, meets minimum germination standards and is free of noxious weed seeds

Since January 3, 2017, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has been operating the seed testing lab to continue ensuring truth in labeling for New York State.

Planting high quality seeds is the first step to growing a successful crop. We are here to serve your seed testing needs.

Below are links to information regarding this program: