Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission marketing order, chapter 16-529 WAC.
Hearing Location(s): Benton Public Utilities District, Kennewick Business Office, 2721 West 10th Avenue, Kennewick, WA, on November 3, 2004, at 10:00 a.m.
Date of Intended Adoption: March 25, 2005.
Submit Written Comments to: Lynn Briscoe, Commodity Commission Coordinator, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, e-mail email@example.com, fax (360) 902-2092, by November 4, 2004, at 5:00 p.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Rochelle Painter at (360) 902-2060, by October 27, 2004, TTY (360) 902-1996.
Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: During past legislative sessions, significant amendments were made to the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission's enabling statute, chapter 15.65 RCW. These statutory changes prompted the proposed amendment to chapter 16-529 WAC. The proposed amendments expand the commission's policy and purpose statements, update the definitions, update the commission member selection process, add additional power and duties to benefit the industry, update meeting and administrative procedures, and expand the commission's information and education role. These proposed amendments are intended to achieve consistency with the statute, as well as, improve the readability and clarity of the marketing order. The following marketing order sections are affected by the proposed amendments: New sections WAC 16-529-005 Marketing order for Washington alfalfa seed -- Policy statement and 16-529-006 Marketing order purposes; amending WAC 16-529-010 Definitions, 16-529-030 Board membership, 16-529-040 Board membership qualifications, 16-529-050 Term of office, 16-529-060 Nomination of elected or director-appointed board members, 16-529-070 Election or advisory vote of board members, 16-529-080 Vacancies, 16-529-100 Board compensation, 16-529-110 Powers and duties of the board, 16-529-120 Procedure for board, 16-529-150 Collections, 16-529-160 Penalties, 16-529-190 Termination of the order, 16-529-200 Effective time and 16-529-300 Time, place, method for collection and remittance of assessments; and repealing WAC 16-529-130 Marketing order purposes.
Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed amendments are intended to make the marketing order consistent with the commodity commission enabling statute, chapter 15.65 RCW, and to implement the petition received from the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission in accordance with RCW 15.65.050.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 51.65.047 and chapter 34.05 RCW.
Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 15.65 RCW.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: Any rule proposal that results from this rule-making process will not be adopted unless the proposed rules are also approved in a referendum of affected alfalfa seed producers conducted pursuant to chapter 15.65 RCW.
Name of Proponent: Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission, governmental.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Lynn Briscoe, Olympia, Washington, (360) 902-2043; Implementation and Enforcement: Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission, Kennewick, Washington, (509) 585-5460 and Department of Agriculture, Olympia, Washington, (360) 902-2043.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Any adoption of amendments to chapter 16-529 WAC would ultimately be determined by a referendum vote of the affected parties. A formal small business economic impact statement under chapter 19.85 RCW is not required because of the exemption granted in RCW 15.65.570(2).
A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The Department of Agriculture and the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission are not named agencies in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).
September 20, 2004
William E. Brookreson
WAC 16-529-005 Marketing order for Washington alfalfa seed -- Policy statement. (1) The marketing of alfalfa seed within this state is in the public interest. It is vital to the continued economic well-being of the citizens of this state and their general welfare that its alfalfa seed be properly promoted by:
(a) Enabling producers of alfalfa seed to help themselves in establishing orderly, fair, sound, efficient, and unhampered marketing, grading, and standardizing of the alfalfa seed they produce; and
(b) Working towards stabilizing the agricultural industry by increasing production of alfalfa seed within the state.
(2) That it is in the overriding public interest that support for the alfalfa seed industry be clearly expressed, that adequate protection be given to the industry and its activities and operations, and that alfalfa seed be promoted individually and as part of a comprehensive agricultural industry to:
(a) Enhance the reputation and image of Washington state's alfalfa seed.
(b) Increase the sale and use of Washington state's alfalfa seed in local, domestic, and foreign markets.
(c) Protect the public by educating the public in reference to the quality, care, and methods used in the production of Washington state's alfalfa seed.
(d) Increase the knowledge of the qualities and value of Washington state's alfalfa seed and products.
(e) Support and engage in programs or activities that benefit the planting, production, harvesting, handling, processing, marketing, and uses of alfalfa seed produced in Washington state.
(3) The director is authorized to implement, administer, and enforce chapter 15.65 RCW through the adoption of this marketing order.
(4) The Washington state alfalfa seed commodity board exists primarily for the benefit of the people of the state of Washington and its economy, and with oversight by the director, the board is authorized to speak on behalf of Washington state government with regard to alfalfa seed under the provisions of this marketing order.
(1) To carry out the purposes of this chapter, the board shall provide for a program in one or more of the following areas:
(a) Establish plans and conduct programs for marketing, sales, promotion, and/or other programs for maintaining present markets and/or creating new or larger markets for alfalfa seed. Such programs shall be directed toward increasing the sale of alfalfa seed without reference to any particular brand or trade name and shall neither make use of false or unwarranted claims on behalf of alfalfa seed nor disparage the quality, value, sale, or use of any other agricultural commodity. The board may also engage in cooperative efforts in the domestic or foreign marketing of alfalfa seed.
(b) Provide for research in the production, harvesting, processing, irrigation, transportation, handling, and/or distribution of alfalfa seed and expend the necessary funds for such purposes. Insofar as practicable, such research shall be carried out by experiment stations of Washington State University, but if in the judgment of the board said experiment stations do not have adequate facilities for a particular project or if some other research agency has better facilities therefor, the project may be carried out by other research agencies selected by the board.
(c) Provide for collection and dissemination of information pertaining to alfalfa seed.
(d) Conduct programs for the purpose of providing information and education including:
(i) Marketing information and services for producers of alfalfa seed for the verification of grades, standards, weights, tests, and sampling of quality and quantity of alfalfa seed purchased by handlers from affected producers.
(ii) Information and services enabling producers to meet their resource conservation objectives.
(iii) Alfalfa seed-related education and training.
(e) Subject to the provisions of the act, provide information and communicate on matters pertaining to the production, irrigation, processing, transportation, marketing, or uses of alfalfa seed produced in Washington state to any elected official or officer or employee of any agency.
(2) The director shall approve any plans, programs, and projects concerning:
(a) The establishment, issuance, effectuation, and administration of programs authorized under this section for marketing and promotion of alfalfa seed.
(b) The establishment and effectuation of market research projects, market development projects, or both to the end that marketing and utilization of alfalfa seed may be encouraged, expanded, improved, or made more efficient.
(1) "Director" means the director of agriculture of the state of Washington or his or her duly appointed representative.
(2) "Department" means the department of agriculture of the state of Washington.
(3) "Act" means the Washington State Agricultural
Enabling Act of 1961)) Commodity Boards or chapter 15.65 RCW.
(4) "Person" means any ((
person)) individual, firm,
(( association, or)) corporation, limited liability company,
trust, association, partnership, society or any other
organization of individuals, or any unit or agency of local or
(5) "Affected producer" means any person who produces any variety of alfalfa seed in the state of Washington for market in commercial quantities: Provided, That for the purpose of election and membership on the commodity board, a producer-handler shall be considered as acting only as a producer.
(6) "Commercial quantity" means all alfalfa seed produced in any calendar year by any producer.
(7) "Affected handler" means any person who acts as principal or agent or otherwise in buying, selling, marketing, or distributing alfalfa seed not grown by him/her.
(8) "Producer-handler" means any person who acts both as a producer and as a handler with respect to the alfalfa seed which he/she produces, and a handler with respect to the alfalfa seed which he/she handles, including that produced by himself/herself. "To produce" means to act as a producer. For the purposes of the alfalfa seed marketing order, "producer" shall include bailees who contract to produce or grow any agricultural product on behalf of a bailor who retains title to the seed and its resulting agricultural product or the agricultural product delivered for further production or increase.
(9) "Alfalfa seed" means the seed that is harvested from any variety of alfalfa plants.
(10) "Alfalfa seed commodity board" hereinafter referred
to as "board" or "commission" means the commodity board ((
commission)) formed under the provisions of WAC 16-529-020
(11) "Marketing season" or "fiscal year" means the twelve month period beginning with July 1 of any year and ending with June 30 of the year following, both dates being inclusive.
(12) "Affected area" means that portion of the state of Washington located east of the summit of the Cascade Mountains.
(13) "Sell" includes offer for sale, expose for sale, have in possession for sale, exchange, barter, or trade.
(14) "Affected unit" means one hundred weight (cwt) of cleaned alfalfa seed as sold by an affected producer to a handler or other producer.
[Order 1, Article I, § A, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(a) Director-appointed positions on the board shall be designated as position 2, position 4, position 6, and position 7. The affected handler member of the board shall be position 7.
(b) Elected affected producer positions on the board shall be designated as position 1, position 3, and position 5.
(c) The position representing the director who is neither an affected producer nor an affected handler shall be designated as position 8.
(2) For the purpose of nomination, appointment, and election of affected producer members of the board, the affected area of the state of Washington shall be divided into three representative districts as follows:
(a) District I shall have two board members, being Positions 1 and 2, and shall include the counties of Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Grant, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, and Stevens.
(b) District II shall have one board member, being Position 3, and shall include the counties of Benton, Kittitas, Klickitat, and Yakima.
(c) District III shall have three board members, being Positions 4, 5, and 6, and shall include the counties of Asotin, Columbia, Garfield, Walla Walla, and Whitman.
(3) The handler member of the board shall be Position
(4) The member of the board to be appointed by the director shall be Position 8.))
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.65 RCW. 85-10-015 (Order 1850), § 16-529-030, filed 4/22/85, effective 6/1/85; Order 1, Article II, § B, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(2) The affected handler member of the board ((
must be a practical handler of alfalfa seed and shall be a
citizen and resident of (( the)) this state (( of Washington)),
over the age of (( twenty-five)) eighteen years(( , and who is
and has)). The affected handler board member must be and have
been, either individually or as an officer or an employee of a
corporation, firm, partnership, association, or cooperative,
actually engaged in handling alfalfa seed within the state of
Washington for a period of five years and has during that
period derived a substantial portion of his/her income
(3) The qualifications of members of the board must continue during their term of office.
(4) To accomplish the transition to a commodity board structure where the director appoints a majority of the board members, the names of the currently elected board members in positions 2, 4, 6, and 7 shall be forwarded to the director for appointment within thirty days of the effective date of this amended marketing order.
[Order 1, Article II, § C, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
Membership positions on the board shall be
designated numerically; affected producers shall have
positions one through six, the affected handler shall have
position seven, and the member appointed by the director,
(3) The term of office for the initial board members shall be as follows:
Positions one and four - one year
Positions three, five, and eight - two years
Positions two, six, and seven - three years.
No)) Except for the director's representative, no appointed or elected member of the board may serve more than two full consecutive three-year terms.
[Order 1, Article II, § D, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(2) Each year the director shall call ((
nomination meeting(( s)) for both elected and
director-appointed affected producer and affected handler
board members in those districts whose board members' terms
are about to expire. (( Such)) The meeting(s) shall be held at
least thirty days in advance of the date set by the director
for the election or advisory vote of board members.
(a) Notice of ((
every such)) a nomination meeting shall
be published in newspapers of general circulation within the
affected district not less than ten days in advance of the
date of such meeting and, in addition, written notice of every
such meeting shall be given to all affected producers within
such affected district, and to all handlers, according to the
list maintained by the (( director pursuant to RCW 15.65.200 of
the act)) board pursuant to RCW 15.65.295.
(b) Nonreceipt of notice by any interested person shall not invalidate the proceedings at such nomination meeting.
(c) Any qualified affected producer or affected handler
may be nominated orally for membership on the board at
such)) a nomination meeting(( s)). Nominations may also be
made within five days after (( any such)) the nomination
meeting by written petition filed with the director, signed by
not less than five affected producers or affected handlers.
[Order 1, Article II, § E, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
Affected)) (2) Elected affected producer members of the
board shall be elected by a majority of the votes cast by the
affected producers within the affected district. (( Each
affected producer shall be entitled to one vote. The affected
handler member of the board shall be elected by a majority of
votes cast by the affected handlers. Each affected handler
shall be entitled to one vote.))
If a nominee does not receive a majority of the votes on the first ballot, a runoff election shall be held by mail in a similar manner between the two candidates for such position receiving the largest number of votes.
(3) An advisory vote shall be conducted for affected producer or affected handler board members appointed by the director under the provisions of RCW 15.65.243. The names of the two candidates receiving the most votes in the advisory vote shall be forwarded to the director for potential appointment to the board. In the event there are only two candidates nominated for a board position, an advisory vote may not be held and the candidates' names shall be forwarded to the director for potential appointment.
(4) Notice of every election or advisory vote for board
membership shall be published in a newspaper of general
circulation within the affected district not less than ten
days in advance of the date of ((
such)) the election or
advisory vote. Not less than ten days prior to every election
or advisory vote for board membership, the director shall mail
a ballot of the candidates to each affected producer and
affected handler entitled to vote whose name appears upon the
list of such affected producers and affected handlers as
maintained by the (( director in accordance with RCW 15.65.200)) board pursuant to RCW 15.65.295. Any other
affected producer or affected handler entitled to vote may
obtain a ballot by application to the director upon
establishing his/her qualifications.
(5) Nonreceipt of a ballot by an affected producer or affected handler shall not invalidate the election or advisory vote of any board member.
[Order 1, Article II, § F, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(2) In the event of a vacancy in a director-appointed position, the position shall be filled as specified in RCW 15.65.270.
[Order 1, Article II, § G, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
[Order 1, Article II, § I, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(1) To administer, enforce, and control the provisions of this chapter as the designee of the director.
(2) To elect a chairman and such other officers as the board deems advisable.
(3) To employ and discharge at its discretion such personnel, including attorneys engaged in the private practice of law subject to the approval and supervision of the attorney general, as the board determines are necessary and proper to carry out the purpose of this chapter and effectuate the declared policies of the act.
(4) To pay only from moneys collected as assessments or advances thereon the costs arising in connection with the formulation, issuance, administration, and enforcement of this chapter. Such expenses and costs may be paid by check, draft, or voucher in such form and in such manner and upon the signature of the person as the board may prescribe.
(5) To reimburse any applicant who has deposited money with the director in order to defray the costs of formulating this chapter.
(6) To establish an "alfalfa seed revolving fund" and such fund to be deposited in a bank or banks or financial institution or institutions, approved for the deposit of state funds, in which all money received by the board, except as the amount of petty cash for each day's needs, not to exceed one hundred dollars, shall be deposited each day or as often during the days as advisable.
(7) To keep or cause to be kept in accordance with
accepted standards of good accounting practice, accurate
records of all assessments, collections, receipts, deposits,
withdrawals, disbursements, paid outs, moneys and other
financial transactions made and done pursuant to this chapter.
Such records, books, and accounts shall be audited at least
annually subject to procedures and methods lawfully prescribed
by the state auditor. Such books and accounts shall be closed
as of the last days of each fiscal year of the ((
Washington)) commission. A copy of such audit shall be
delivered within thirty days after the completion thereof to
the governor, the director, the state auditor, and the board.
(8) To require a bond of all board members and employees of the board in a position of trust in the amount the board shall deem necessary. The premium for such bond or bonds shall be paid by the board from assessments collected. Such bond shall not be necessary if any such board member or employee is covered by any blanket bond covering officials or employees of the state of Washington.
(9) To prepare a budget or budgets covering anticipated income and expenses to be incurred in carrying out the provisions of this chapter during each fiscal year. The board, at least sixty days prior to the beginning of its fiscal year, shall prepare and submit to the director for approval its research plan, its commodity-related education and training plan, and its budget.
(10) To establish by resolution, a headquarters which shall continue as such unless and until so changed by the board. All records, books, and minutes of board meetings shall be kept at such headquarters.
(11) To adopt rules ((
and regulations)) of a technical or
administrative nature for the operation of the board, subject
to the provisions of chapter 34.04 RCW (Administrative
(12) To carry out the provisions of RCW 15.65.510 covering the obtaining of information necessary to effectuate the provisions of this chapter and the act, along with the necessary authority and procedure for obtaining such information.
(13) To bring actions or proceedings upon joining the director as a party for specific performance, restraint, injunction, or mandatory injunction against any person who violates or refuses to perform the obligations or duties imposed upon him by the act or this chapter.
(14) To confer with and cooperate with the legally constituted authorities of other states and of the United States for the purpose of obtaining uniformity in the administration of federal and state marketing regulations, licenses, agreements, or orders.
(15) To work cooperatively with other local, state, and federal agencies; universities; and national organizations for the purposes provided in this order.
(16) To enter into contracts or interagency agreements with any private or public agency, whether federal, state, or local. Personal service contracts must comply with chapter 39.29 RCW.
(17) To accept and expend or retain any gifts, bequests, contributions, or grants from private persons or private and public agencies.
(18) To enter into contracts or agreements for research in the production, irrigation, processing, transportation, marketing, use, or distribution of alfalfa seed.
(19) To retain in emergent situations the services of private legal counsel to conduct legal actions on behalf of the commission. The retention of a private attorney is subject to review by the office of the attorney general.
(20) To engage in appropriate fund-raising activities for the purpose of supporting activities authorized by this order.
(21) To participate in international, federal, state, and local hearings, meetings, and other proceedings relating to the production, irrigation, manufacture, regulation, transportation, distribution, sale, or use of alfalfa seed including activities authorized under RCW 42.17.190, including the reporting of those activities to the public disclosure commission.
(22) To maintain a list of the names and addresses of affected producers that may be compiled from information used to collect assessments under the provisions of this marketing order and data on the value of each affected producer's production for a minimum three-year period pursuant to RCW 15.65.280.
(23) To maintain a list of the names and addresses of persons who handle alfalfa seed within the affected area and data on the amount and value of the alfalfa seed handled for a minimum three-year period by each person pursuant to RCW 15.65.280.
(24) To maintain a list of names and addresses of all affected persons who produce alfalfa seed and the amount, by unit, of alfalfa seed produced during the past three years pursuant to RCW 15.65.295.
(25) To maintain a list of all persons who handle alfalfa seed and the amount of alfalfa seed handled by each person during the past three years pursuant to RCW 15.65.295.
(26) To establish a foundation using commission funds as grant money for the purposes established in this marketing order.
(27) To carry out any other grant of authority or duty provided designees and not specifically set forth in this section.
[Order 1, Article II, § J, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(2) The board shall hold an annual meeting, at which time an annual report will be presented. The proposed budget shall be presented for discussion at the meeting. Notice of the annual meeting shall be given by the board at least ten days prior to the meeting through regular wire news services and radio, television, and press.
(3) The board shall establish by resolution, the time,
place, and manner of calling special meetings with reasonable
notice to the members: Provided, That the notice to a member
of any special meeting may be waived by a waiver ((
each)) from that member of the board. Notice for special
meetings shall be in compliance with chapter 42.30 RCW.
[Order 1, Article II, § K, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.050. 96-03-151 (Order 5090), § 16-529-150, filed 1/24/96, effective 2/24/96; Order 1, Article IV, § B, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
[Order 1, Article IV, § C, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
[Order 1, Article VII, § A, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
[Order 1, Article VIII, § A, filed 3/13/75, effective 7/1/75.]
(1) All first buyers of alfalfa seed grown in the state of Washington, or the person acting on behalf of a first buyer, shall withhold the amount of assessment from their remittances to growers of such seed and transmit same to the commission not later than the last day of the calendar month following date of settlement.
(2) All producers selling alfalfa seed other than to first buyers for resale, whether selling directly or through brokers, and including all sales at retail, shall pay the amount of the assessment directly to the commission not later than the last day of the calendar month following date of settlement.
(3) To all assessments due and payable to the commission and not remitted on or before the date due, there shall be added a penalty fee of ten percent as provided in RCW 15.65.440.
(4) All remittances to the commission shall be transmitted with an official reporting form to be furnished free of charge by the commission. Said reporting form shall call for the name and address of the affected producer, the number of pounds of seed sold, the amount of assessment collected from each producer, and the name and address of the person or firm filing the report and remittance.
[Order 2, § 16-529-110 (codified as WAC 16-529-300), filed 10/17/75.]
The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
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