The Idaho Foundation Seed Program is based at the Kimberly Research and Extension Center and is responsible for transfer of crop varieties from breeding programs to producers.
The program maintains approximately 120 varieties of wheat, barley, oats, beans, potatoes, peas, chickpeas, lentils, rapeseed, grasses, forbs and forage legumes. The majority of seed production is done on University of Idaho owned farms by research and extension center staff across the state. All breeder and foundation class seed fields are inspected by the Idaho Crop Improvement Association. Each center has become somewhat specialized, though many crops may be produced at multiple locations.
Kimberly Research and Extension Center
The center produces breeder and foundation seed for dry beans, small grains, peas and grass seed.
Aberdeen Research and Extension Center
The center's breeder and foundation seed production includes small grains and grass seed.
Palouse Research, Extension and Education Center
The center's agronomy farm has the major breeder and foundation seed emphasis in rapeseed, canola, peas, chickpeas, grass, clover and small grains.
Tetonia Research and Extension Center
The center's breeder and foundation seed production includes potatoes and small grains.