Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: The rule-making order amends WAC 16-302-070 by clarifying the definition of what constitutes an area of inspection of a field for the purposes of seed certification, and establishes areas of surveillance that are adjacent to a field that may be included in a field inspection if dictated by the specific crop standards.
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-302-070.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-05-118 on February 17, 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 31, 2010.
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-24-077, filed 12/4/00, effective 1/4/01)
WAC 16-302-070 When is a seed field inspected by the certifying agency? The certifying agency conducts field inspections as follows:
(1) A seedling field is inspected at the most appropriate time after receipt of seedling application. If the field produces seed the same year of planting, a seedling producing inspection is made prior to harvest.
(2) Each year a crop of certified seed is produced, field inspections are made at a time when factors affecting certification are most evident.
(3) The unit of certification is defined as the entire field standing at the time of inspection. A portion of a field may be certified if the area to be certified is clearly defined by flagging, stakes or other visual means. The border area of the field is considered the unit of certification if it is planted to the same crop and is inclusive of the acreage applied for.
(4) The unit of inspection may include areas adjacent to a field or areas of surveillance if these areas contain factors that would impact the certification eligibility of the seed crop as defined in the specific crop standards. Such factors may be, but are not limited to, contaminating pollen sources.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 00-24-077, § 16-302-070, filed 12/4/00, effective 1/4/01.]