The Iowa Crop Improvement Association or ICIA is the second seed certification agency in the United States to receive ISO 9001: 2000 certification. The International Organization for Standardization, or ISO, is a standard-setting body composed of representatives from several nations. The standards set during ISO certification assure customers that the ICIA meets specific quality management systems requirements.
The certification is used by the agricultural industry to ensure quality in the services and products companies provide. ICIA received certification after an auditing process this summer. The ICIA board of directors supported the effort in order to strengthen internal policies and programs, assist members in achieving ISO certification, strengthen its Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development activities in Iowa, improve its identity preserved programs and position ICIA to take advantage of opportunities in the industry.
Production and quality assurance provided
The mission of ICIA is to provide an unbiased source of service and education in production and quality assurance for Iowa agricultural crops. Founded in 1902, the association has provided seed production and crop performance testing services for more than 87 years.
The association's membership is composed of farmers, seed producers and others interested in crop improvement. Lee Huey of Ames is president of the nine-member board of directors. ICIA supports the Iowa State University Crops Team, sponsors the Iowa FFA Agronomy Career Development event, offers a summer internship program and awards five annual scholarships to ISU undergraduates.