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SGS Brookings is proud to announce that three of its seed technologists have achieved Certified Viability Technologist (CVT) status through its technical and professional membership organization, Society of Commercial Seed Technologists (SCST). Ginger McNickle, Evan Jensen and Chase Mowry will reinforce our existing team of seed testing professionals, many with this same accreditation.

The SGS Brookings laboratory has more than 400 years of experience in the seed testing industry and offers the following services, as well as many more:

  • Traditional seed vigor testing  
  • PCR analysis
  • Genetic & Physical purity
  • Trait confirmation
  • Seed export services
  • Laboratory research services
  • Audit, analytical and field services

Delivering services to clients by an educated and professional workforce that is continually striving to increase its knowledge is important to the laboratory, according to Michelle Robbins, its Managing Director, "It’s imperative to me, as the facility’s leader, that the staff is continually focusing on technical achievements, as well as challenging themselves to grow and learn every day. Our clients deserve that."


SGS Brookings is a part of SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.


Five of the eight membership categories of SCST require passing an exam and completing continuing education to remain accredited. Prior to sitting for the examination, a minimum of two years of work experience and accumulation of 100 points from workshops, college courses and work experience is required. The CVT exam includes both a written and practical exam on seed germination. CVT status is often a stepping stone to becoming a Registered Seed Technologist (RST).

For more information, contact:

SGS Seed Services
236 32nd Avenue
Brookings, SD 57006
t: +1 605 692 7611