WSR 08-11-035

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed May 13, 2008, 2:07 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Asparagus grower's equipment leasing program.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.04.402, section 3217, chapter 520, Laws of 2007 (ESHB 1092) and chapter 34.05 RCW.

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Rules are needed in order to implement budget direction from the legislature to extend and expand the department's asparagus automation and mechanization program, and to set the terms and conditions for an equipment leasing program that will be implemented through appropriate agreements with growers.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: There are no other agencies that regulate this subject.

Process for Developing New Rule: Rules developed with agency staff and industry stakeholders.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Kelly Frost, Program Coordinator, Washington State Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 42560, Olympia, WA 98504, kfrost@agr.wa.gov, (360) 902-1802, or fax (360) 902-2092.

May 13, 2008

Kelly Frost

Commodity Commission Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office