Inspection of agricultural seed for planting benefits the agricultural industry by insuring that the seed that growers purchase from seed producers is viable, free from dirt and debris and free from noxious weeds that could be planted with the crop and cause damage by competing for resources or by establishing a population of exotic weeds that do not currently occur in Ventura County. Because growers can purchase quality seed that is accurately portrayed on the seed label, pest control costs are reduced, and yields are increased thereby ensuring an abundant and cheap source of fruits and vegetables for the consumer.
The CAC inspects seed in a number of ways. Seed labels are examined, seed samples may be taken, and the processes by which the seed producer ensures that his seed is viable and clean may be observed. Plants that are grown for seed are examined in the field for signs of disease that might be carried in the seed, so that the seed can be certified for export to other counties, states and internationally. Seed that is imported into Ventura County is inspected to ensure that it does not carry exotic pests that are not currently established in Ventura County. Many of the inspections done on seed are part of the Pest Exclusion and Plant Quarantine Program.
Inspection of seed labels for product quality and identity are funded through a Memorandum of Understanding with the California Department of Food and Agriculture.