WSR 08-03-105

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed January 22, 2008, 11:11 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Exempt from preproposal statement of inquiry under RCW 34.05.310(4).

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: Hops, chapter 16-532 WAC.

Hearing Location(s): Washington Hop Commission Office, 301 West Prospect Place, Moxee, WA 98936, on Monday, March 3, 2008, at 1:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: June 25, 2008.

Submit Written Comments to: Ann E. George, P.O. Box 1207, Moxee, WA 98936, e-mail ageorge@wahops.org, fax (509) 457-8561, by 5:00 p.m., March 5, 2008.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Ann George by February 15, 2008, (509) 453-4749.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: WAC 16-532-120 Labeling, remove the letter "G" from lettering/numbering sequence when labeling hop bales. It serves no purpose and represents an unnecessary printing cost for growers.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: The labeling change is housekeeping in nature, removing unnecessary components from the labeling requirement.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.65.047 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: WAC 16-532-120 is a rule of the hop commission board, involves only a labeling (name) change and is not subject to the referendum process.

Name of Proponent: Washington state hop commission, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Ann George, P.O. Box 1207, Moxee, WA 98936, (509) 453-4749.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. The proposed rule does not impose any new costs on business and, in fact, could result in a cost savings.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. The department of agriculture and the Washington hop commission are not named agencies in RCW 34.05.328 (5)(a)(i).

January 14, 2008

Ann E. George

Administrator

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 06-15-135, filed 7/19/06, effective 8/19/06)

WAC 16-532-120   Labeling.   Each lot of hops must be identified by the crop year produced, grower number and lot designation, and variety stenciled on each bale.

(1) A three-digit grower number will be assigned by the Washington hop commodity board (commission) prior to the annual harvest.

(2) The first marking will consist of the last digit of the crop year((, the letter "G")) and a hyphen, followed by the three-digit grower number and lot designation (example: ((8G-000-01)) 8-000-001).

(3) The first marking shall be affixed on the head or top of the bale and shall be in characters approximately two inches high.

(4) The second marking will consist of the hop variety, utilizing a two-letter abbreviation. A list of approved two-letter abbreviations will be approved annually by the Washington state hop commodity board.

(5) The second marking shall be affixed immediately below the first marking on the head or top of the bale, and shall be in characters approximately two inches high.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.65 and 34.05 RCW. 06-15-135, 16-532-120, filed 7/19/06, effective 8/19/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.047 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 04-10-059, 16-532-120, filed 4/30/04, effective 5/31/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.050. 97-17-096, 16-532-120, filed 8/20/97, effective 9/20/97; 95-17-118 (Order 5077), 16-532-120, filed 8/23/95, effective 9/23/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.280 and WAC 16-532-020 10K [(10)(k)]. 93-09-014, 16-532-120, filed 4/13/93, effective 5/14/93. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.65.380. 88-13-050 (Resolution No. 88-01), 16-532-120, filed 6/10/88; Regulation 2, filed 10/16/64.]

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