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Upcoming Meetings


        2014 Board of Directors Summer Meeting

   Date and Time to be announced

        2013 District Meetings:

    December 4, Ramada - Dickinson
    December 5, NCREC - Minot
    December 6, Auditorium - Lakota
    December 9, Day's Inn (Governor's Inn) - Casselton


     2014 Board of Director Annual Meeting

            February 5-6, 2014 - Minot, Grand International Hotel

What's New  

 2014 New Variety Information (Watch for information coming soon)

 2014 CCIA Seed Prices

 2013 Allocation Summary

Dakota Select Seed

    Program Overview and Guidelines
    Varieties Currently Available


Previously Released Varieties

    2012 Allocation Summary
    2011 New Variety Allocations
    2010 New Variety Allocations


Current Events


Premier Seed Grower Award


            The Premier Seed Grower Award recognizes individuals who have successfully grown registered or certified seed for several years and have significantly contributed to the certified seed industry.  The recipient of this year’s Premier Seed Grower Award is Brian O’Toole.

          Brian comes from Crystal, ND where he farms alongside his cousin.  They produce HRSW, Winter wheat, and several varieties of wheat seed, navy beans, black beans, pinto beans, soybeans, corn and sugarbeets.  This honoree grew up farming and after attending the State School of Science in Wahpeton, ND, he began his own farming career.  He started a trucking business to haul his potatoes to processing plants in the SE part of the country.  In 1996, he took over the small seed cleaning and conditioning business that his father had started.

          Since then the business has expanded considerably, now conditioning more than 250,000 bushels of wheat and 150,000 bushels of soybeans annually.  He has served on a number of State and County farm and commodity group boards including the ND Wheat Commission, Wheat Marketing Center in Portland, Oregon, Agronomy Farm Seed in Casselton, Chairmen of SBARE Wheat Granting Committee and the Pembina County Farm Bureau.  He is the past President of the ND Crop Improvement and Seed Association, past President of Crystal Farmers Elevator Co-op and the President of T.E. O’Toole Farm Seed Co.


                                                   Distinguished Service Award


            The Distinguished Service Award is an award designed to recognize individuals for their outstanding contributions to the North Dakota agriculture community along with their local community.  This year the North Dakota Crop Improvement and Seed Association’s Distinguished Service Award goes to Charles Rau. 

          Charles started farming in 1961 with his father a year after entering the North Dakota Army National Guard.  Charles served in the ND Army National Guard until July 1983.  He is an active member of the Salem United Methodist Church.  He currently serves on the church council and has been involved on various other boards in the church. 

          During Charles’ farming career, he and his wife (Lorraine) raised small grains including wheat, barley, corn, and alfalfa.  Charles also raised a Black Angus cow/calf herd.  In addition, his participation in agriculture extended to the Beef Improvement Program. 

          Currently, Charles serves as a director on the Tri-County Fair Board and has served as president of the Barry-Hoff Post of the American Legion.  He is greatly involved in many community boards.  Some of these boards include:  Logan County Weed Board, local 4-H program, local FFA program, and Logan County Livestock and Grain Association board.  Charles also works closely with the Logan County Extension office.  Mr. and Mrs. Rau have also received the NDSU Harvest Bowl award for Logan County.


Scholarship Application Form for Undergraduate Students

Scholarship Application Form for Incoming Freshmen

2013 CKOFF Reporting Form
(Velva HRSW, Tradition Barley, Innovation Barley, & Celebration Barley)

County Crop/Ag Improvement Officers & Directors Form

Contact Information                                                   

Telephone:  (701)-231-8067
Fax:  (701)-231-8474
Postal address:
         ND Crop Improvement & Seed Association
            Loftsgard Hall, Dept. 7670, PO Box 6050
            Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
Electronic mail:
         General Information:

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