What if someone else provides me with seed or planting stock?

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Growers whose seed or planting stock is determined by a third party must be able to demonstrate that the third party complies, on behalf of the grower, with the commercial availability requirement for seed or planting stock. CCOF must be able to verify that a commercial availability search was conducted for all non-organic seed or planting stock. If a buyer, seed distributor, or other third party provides you with non-organic seed or planting stock, you must obtain documentation from the third party that demonstrates an adequate search for organic seed or planting stock was conducted. Examples of this documentation include call logs, seed catalogues, records or organic variety trials, or statements from seed suppliers. Your inspector will ask for this information at all inspections.