PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The department is considering amendments to the quality timothy seed program, WAC 16-302-755 to add species to the list of detrimental contaminants.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3), and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: The department has been requested by the Organization of Kittitas County Timothy Hay Growers & Suppliers to amend the quality timothy program standards to include all species of silene to the list of detrimental contaminants.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.
Process for Developing New Rule: The Washington state department of agriculture staff will develop the specific rule proposal. A special committee comprised of timothy hay producers, exporters, and seed dealers will provide specific input on the proposed additions.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Fawad Shah, WSDA, Seed Program, 21 North 1st Avenue, Suite 203, Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 249-6950, e-mail Fshah@agr.wa.gov.
June 18, 2010
Brad J. Avy