WSR 10-13-168

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed June 23, 2010, 9:01 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 16-302-685, the department is considering amending seed certification rules to set standards for the allowance of triticale seed as a contaminate in the certified class of certified wheat seed and to provide for the provision of and set limits for the reinspection of certified wheat fields.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.49.310, 15.49.370 (3), (4), 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 Washington State Crop Improvement Association (WSCIA) to amend seed certification standards to allow for triticale seed to be a limited contaminate in certified wheat seed and to provide for reinspections of certified wheat fields when triticale is found as a contaminate.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Washington state department of agriculture staff will develop the specific rule proposal. The proposed language and rule amendments will be presented to the WSCIA, state seed organizations and individual seed company representatives to solicit input and ensure broad based notification.

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 23, 2010

Brad J. Avy

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office