Why does the U.S. not have a variety registration system?
Every country needs a robust seed system to guarantee the sustainability of its agriculture and to ensure that the products of modern plant breeding and local farmer ingenuity are widely available. An important prerequisite for seed sector development is the existence of robust agricultural markets. In response to the market and agronomic environment in the U.S., policies that encourage the evolution of a diverse collection of seed enterprises, both public and private, rather than limit access to seed market participation to focus agricultural production on targeted markets has evolved. The U.S. has focused its regulatory agencies on developing seed producer competence and providing consumer/producer education.