WSR 99-04-096

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed February 3, 1999, 9:10 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Application fee increases relating to buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum, and small grain, and changes in field pea and chickpea standards, WAC 16-316-474, 16-316-717, and 16-316-727.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: These rules contain a fee increase necessary to reflect the current cost of operating that portion of the seed certification program delegated by the director to the Washington State Crop Improvement Association. Also included are changes to standards for certain crops.

Process for Developing New Rule: Working with industry associations and stakeholder groups.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Keith Pfeifer, Manager, Washington State Crop Improvement Association, 414 South 46th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98908, phone (509) 966-2234, fax (509) 966-2494, e-mail wscia@televar.com.

February 3, 1999

Julie C. Sandberg

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office