The formation of a seed governing body began in the late 70's when Amalgamated Sugar Company and growers begin trials of available seed varieties. Over time the University of Idaho became involved in the process. As timed passed, protocols were developed and systems designed in seed trials as well as the approach to funding research through this body. In 1997 the growers formally purchased Amalgamated Sugar Co. as Snake River Sugar Company. During these transitions, due to university retirements, company staff changes and the increased demands of the seed trials; the group required changed and has evolved into the form it is today of a committee of growers, Amalgamated staff and Snake River Sugar representatives.