WSR 04-01-180

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed December 23, 2003, 2:35 p.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 03-20-092.

Title of Rule: WAC 16-319-041 Application for certification of forest reproductive material.

Purpose: The department proposes to increase the certification of forest reproductive material fees by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) fiscal growth rate factor for fiscal year 2004 (3.20%) in order to ensure that the fees charged for Washington Crop Improvement Association services are sufficient to recover operating costs.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 15.49.370(3) and 15.49.310.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 15.49.370(3).

Summary: The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) proposes increasing forest reproductive certification fees in WAC 16-319-041 by the OFM 2004 fiscal growth rate factor of 3.20%.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed fee increases are necessary to help offset inflationary increases in the cost of operating that portion of the forest reproductive material certification program delegated to the Washington State Crop Improvement Association by the WSDA director.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Victor Shaul, Operations Manager, Yakima, (509) 225-2630.

Name of Proponent: Washington State Crop Improvement Association, private.

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: WAC 16-319-041 Application for certification of forest reproductive material. The proposed fee increases are intended to assure that fees charged for the certification of forest reproductive material are sufficient to recover the costs of providing said services. Certification fees for forest reproductive material would be increased by the OFM fiscal growth rate factor for the fiscal year 2004 (3.20%).

Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: The proposal increases the fees in WAC 16-319-041 by the allowable fiscal growth rate factor for the fiscal year 2004 (3.20%).

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. WSDA concludes that the proposed increases in current fees, based upon the OFM fiscal growth rate factor, do not impose a "more than minor cost" on the seed industry and, therefore, a small business economic impact statement is not required according to RCW 19.85.030 (1)(a).

RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. The Washington State Department of Agriculture is not a listed agency in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).

Hearing Location: Washington State Department of Agriculture, 21 North First Avenue, Suite 103, Conference Room, Yakima, WA 98902, on January 27, 2004, at 11:00 a.m.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact agency receptionist by calling TDD (360) 902-1996 or (360) 902-1976.

Submit Written Comments to: George Huffman, Rules Coordinator, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504-2560, fax (360) 902-2085, by 5 p.m., January 27, 2004.

Date of Intended Adoption: February 24, 2004.

December 11, 2003

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

OTS-6798.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-06-006, filed 2/20/03, effective 3/23/03)

WAC 16-319-041   Application for certification of forest reproductive material.   (1) The conditions of applicant's submittal and of certifying agency's acceptance of application are:

(a) The application should show all classes for which certification services are requested.

(b) All reproductive material acquired or distributed by applicant of a type for which certification is requested is subject to audit.

(c) Applicant shall be responsible for payment of fees for certification services.

(d) Applicant is responsible for developing a record keeping system and labels available and satisfactory to the certifying agency.

(e) Certifying agency reserves the right to refuse certification service to applicant.

(f) Application for audit certification reproductive material shall be filed with certifying agency of the state in which warehouse, nursery, etc., is located with a copy to the certifying agency in the state where the reproductive material is collected.

(2) Timing of application requests for certification services:

(a) Application requests for source identified subclass B and lower classes for the current year's production of reproductive material shall be received by certifying agency from applicant not later than three days prior to initiation of collection, production, or propagation of forest reproductive material.

(b) For source identified subclass A and higher certification class, the applicant shall make application for service, and present a written plan to the certifying agency two weeks prior to the beginning of the collection season. The written plan will include the following:

(i) For subzone collection, areas shall be defined by legal description.

(ii) Details of the collection organization including names of buyers and field supervisors, estimated harvest volume, receiving station location(s), and other pertinent information.

(c) Application requests for all other services shall be received by certifying agency from applicant not later than seven days before need.

(3) The certifying agency establishes the fee schedule for certification services. These may be adjusted at the beginning of a crop year if certifying agency determines that costs are significantly more or less than anticipated: Provided, That increases shall not exceed twenty-five percent.

(a) Cones and seed:

(i) Tested and selected - the service includes review of test plans, audit of pertinent records and field inspection at the hourly job time rate shown in current fee schedule.

(ii) Source identified classes - the fee includes field inspection at the per bushel rate shown in the current fee schedule and audit of conditioning at the hourly rate also shown in the current fee schedule.

The fee for each lot containing less than sixty bushels shall be a maximum of thirty-six dollars: Provided, That the certifying agency, due to specific circumstances, may waive this maximum fee or a part thereof.

(iii) Audit class - the fee includes audit of applicant's field and conditioning records at the hourly rate shown in the current fee schedule.

(b) Trees: The fee includes the verification of the source of the trees from the seed source, stratification, sowing, bed identification, lifting, sorting, package identification, storing and/or transplanting.

(c) Not entered for certification: The fee for audit of reproductive material not entered for certification service is performed as required by and satisfactory to certifying agency to exercise said audit simultaneously with audit of reproductive material which applicant has requested certification service.

(d) The fee for certification classes applied for shall be charged whether or not offered material qualifies.

(e) The certifying agency may provide other services, such as training to comply with these standards, advising on the development of recordkeeping systems directly connected with certification needs if requested by the applicant.

(4) Fee schedule:

(a) Tree cones and seed -


Certification Classes Field

Inspection

Audit Fee Due
Tested and Selected $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr. $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr. When billed
Source Identified Classes:
Lots 11 bu. and more $ ((0.84)) 0.86/bu. $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr.
Lots 6-10 bu. $ ((20.60)) 21.25/lot $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr.
Lots 0-5 bu. $ ((12.46)) 12.85/lot $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr.
Audit None $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr. When billed

(b) Tree certification - $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr.

Seedling certification - experience has shown that seedling certification normally requires a minimum of five nursery visits totalling approximately thirty-two hours. Plantation certification procedures shall be billed at the hourly rate.

(c) Other services including education to comply with the standards, development of record system, verification of source of pollen, cuttings, audit of forest reproductive material not offered for certification by applicant or other services requested, etc. at $ ((25.60)) 26.41/hr. payable when billed.

(d) OECD certification (certificates of provenance) - $ ((0.59)) 0.60 per certificate plus the hourly audit rate. (Auditors shall issue certificates.)

[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.995, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-06-006, 16-319-041, filed 2/20/03, effective 3/23/03; 02-05-081, 16-319-041, filed 2/20/02, effective 3/23/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3). 99-24-043, 16-319-041, filed 11/24/99, effective 12/25/99; 98-12-031, 16-319-041, filed 5/28/98, effective 6/28/98; 96-11-044 (Order 5097), 16-319-041, filed 5/8/96, effective 6/8/96. Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.49 RCW. 87-12-006 (Order 1930), 16-319-041, filed 5/22/87; 84-13-079 (Order 1834), 16-319-041, filed 6/21/84; 80-10-001 (Order 1704), 16-319-041, filed 7/24/80; 79-05-070 (Order 1625), 16-319-041, filed 4/30/79; Order 1506, 16-319-041, filed 4/11/77; Order 1369, 16-319-041, filed 6/12/74; Order 1189, 16-319-041, filed 4/16/71; Order 1151, 16-319-041, filed 4/16/70.]

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