WSR 01-21-125

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed October 24, 2001, 10:05 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: WAC 16-303-340 Seed certification fees for buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum, and small grains.

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

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Proposal is in response to industry request to increase seed certification fees within the fiscal growth rate factor for buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum, and small grains. The fee increases will cover current costs of operating the portion of the seed certification program delegated by the director to the Washington State Crop Improvement Association.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Request from the seed industry and the board of directors of the Washington State Crop Improvement Association.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Graydon Robinson, Program Manager, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Seed Program, 21 North 1st Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902, (509) 225-2630, fax (509) 454-4395; or Keith Pfeifer, Manager, Washington State Crop Improvement Association, 414 South 46th Avenue, Yakima, WA 98908, (509) 966-2234, fax (509) 966-2494.

October 19, 2001

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office