WSR 05-12-053

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed May 26, 2005, 11:38 a.m. , effective June 26, 2005 ]


Purpose: This rule-making order increases application certification fees and field inspection fees for certain field crops certified by the seed program to ensure cost recovery for these services. It also decreases fees for certain services to better align the fee to the value of the service provided and corrects typographical errors.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-303-020, 16-303-200, 16-303-210, 16-303-250, 16-303-310, and 16-303-320.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: Section 309(2), chapter 25, Laws of 2003 1st sp.s., RCW 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3).

Other Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 05-08-142 on April 6, 2005.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 6, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: May 26, 2005.

William E. Brookreson

Deputy Director

for Valoria Loveland

Director

OTS-7925.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-01-015, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01)

WAC 16-303-020   Schedule of charges -- Billing policies and procedures.   (1) Accounts.

(a) All billable services provided for under chapter 15.49 RCW are due and payable upon billing by the department. For the convenience of established accounts and in accord with good business practices, the department provides a monthly billing service. Accounts not paid in full within thirty days of billing are considered delinquent.

(b) On all debts due and payable after July 28, 1991, all delinquent accounts are assessed a late charge equal to one and one-half percent per month, or portion of a month, on the unpaid balance.

(c) Except for established accounts where there is a reasonable expectation of additional charges during a calendar month, the minimum billable amount through the monthly billing system is twenty dollars. All billable services of less than twenty dollars are due and payable on the date that service is rendered.

(d) No person with an account ninety days or more in arrears may receive service except on the basis of payment in full at the time service is rendered. Accounts in arrears may be subject to legal action for collection and are not restored to monthly billing status until all past due amounts are paid-in-full.

(e) Accounts that become ninety or more days in arrears twice within a five-year period may be subject to a permanent requirement for payment in full at the time service is provided.

(2) Unless otherwise provided for in rule, requests for refund fees or assessments must be submitted to the department by June 30 of the year following payment of the fee or assessment.

(3) Fees for services not listed in rule are set on the basis of the actual cost to the department of agriculture, or the most appropriate fee established by rule.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-020, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-18-071, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03)

WAC 16-303-200   Seed program testing fees.   Seed testing fees are as follows:


(1)


Category Crop kind PURITY GERM/1 TZ Additional Crops in each

Category/2

1 Agricultural Grasses 37.00 22.60 41.83 Alkaligrass, Bermudagrass, Canarygrass, Foxtail, Switchgrass, Timothy, Zoysia
2 Alfalfa & Clover 28.78 24.66 41.83 Alfalfa, Black Medic, Clover, Lupine, Milkvetch, Sainfoin, Trefoil
3 Beans 26.72 24.66 41.83 Beans
4 Beets 39.06 43.16 41.83 Beets, Swiss chard, spinach
5 Bentgrass, redtop 65.78 34.94 41.83 Bentgrass, redtop
6 Bluegrass 45.22 30.82 41.83 Bluegrass, all types
7 Brassica sp. 69.88 34.94 41.83 Brassica Species
8 Brome 47.28 24.66 41.83 Brome: Mountain, Smooth, Meadow
9 Fescue 37.00 24.66 41.83 Fescue: Tall and Meadow
10 Fescue, all others 45.22 24.66 41.83 Fescue: Arizona, Blue, Blue Hard, chewings, creeping, Hard, Idaho, Red, Sheep
11 Flax 28.78 24.66 41.83 Lewis flax
12 Orchardgrass 51.38 26.72 41.83 Orchardgrass
13 Peas and other large seeded legumes 28.78 24.66 41.83 Peas, ((other large seeded legumes)) Chickpeas, Lentil
14 Primrose 28.78 24.66 41.83 Primrose
15 Ryegrass 45.22 22.60 41.83 Ryegrass, (Perennial or Annual)
16 Small burnet 28.78 24.66 41.83 Small burnet
17 Sudangrass 28.78 24.66 41.83 Sudangrass
18 Vegetables 28.78 24.66 45.00 Vegetables: Asparagus, ((Cabbage,)) Cantaloupe, Carrot, Celery, ((Chard,)) Corn, Coriander, Cucumber, Dill, Eggplant, Endive, ((Kale,)) Leek, Lettuce, Okra, Onion, Parsley, Parsnip, Pepper, Pumpkin, Radish, Squash, Tomato, ((Turnip,)) Watermelon
19 Grains and Pulses 28.78 24.66 41.83 Wheat, Triticale, Sunflower, Sorghum, Safflower, Rye, Rice, Millet, ((Lentils,)) Buckwheat, Barley, Oats, ((Chickpeas,)) Vetch
20 Wheatgrass, Wildrye, other native sp. 78.12 30.82 41.83 Wheatgrass: Beardless, Bluebunch, Crested, Intermediate, Pubescent, R/S, Slender, Siberian, Tall, Thickspike, Western Wildrye
Other Native Species: Echinacea, Green needlegrass, Indian ricegrass, Junegrass, Little bluestem, Needle and Thread, Squirreltail, Kochia, Penstemon, Oatgrass, Prairie sandreed, Sand dropseed, Sand Lovegrass, Sideoats grama

/1 Standard 400 seed germination test.

(2) Crops not listed in the above table will be charged by the category that they fit into.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, 16-303-200, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, 16-303-200, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, 16-303-200, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-200, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-18-071, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03)

WAC 16-303-210   Fees for special seed tests.  


Test Fee Additional Information
(1) All states noxious weed examination $ 33.38
(2) Dormant Seed Test $ 41.83
(((3))) (a) For crops requiring a 400 seed TZ as required in the AOSA rules((.)) $ 83.66
(b) This fee also applies to paired tests when required by AOSA rules
(((4))) (3) Brassica seed chemical identification $ 20.94
(((5))) (4) Cold (vigor) test for wheat $ 65.00
(((6))) (5) Crop or weed exam Standard noxious amount from AOSA rules
(a) Turf-type and other small seeded grasses $ 38.00 Kentucky bluegrass, timothy, alkaligrass, fine-leaved fescues
(b) Small seeded legumes and medium seeded crops $ 44.00 Brassicas, ryegrass, tall fescue
(c) Wheatgrass and native species $ 50.00
(d) Grains and pulses $ 22.00
(((7))) (6) Fescue seed ammonia test $ 30.82
(((8))) (7) Fluorescence test (400 seed test) $ 26.72
(((9))) (8) Miscellaneous services, samples requiring extra time, field run samples, etc. $ 30.00/hour

(((10))) (9) Pest and disease (phyto exam) or soil exam $ 34.94
(((11))) (10) Quarantine tests on seed
Bluegrass and Bentgrass $ 18.04/5 grams
Other grasses $ 18.04/10 grams
(((12))) (11) Rules test -- Canadian PURITY GERMINATION
Alfalfa, clover, peas, lentils $ 32.37 $ 24.66
Kentucky bluegrass $ 49.34 $ 30.82
Bentgrass $ 72.47 $ 34.94
(((13))) (12) Rules test -- I.S.T.A. PURITY GERMINATION
Alfalfa, clover, peas, lentils $ 32.37 $ 30.82
Kentucky bluegrass $ 49.34 $ 30.82
(((14))) (13) Moisture test $ 30.00
(((15))) (14) Seed Count $ 21.84
(((16) Outstanding)) (15) Out-sourcing charge $ 15.00
(((17))) (16) Sod seed analysis Bluegrass

Fescue

Ryegrass

$ 75.00

$ 52.00

$ 42.00

(((18))) (17) Sodium Hydroxide test for presence of red and/or white wheat $ 20.54
(($ 18.04 Reported on seed analysis certificate))
(((19))) (18) Undesirable grass species test (includes an all states noxious test) examination (UGS test) $ 70.37

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, 16-303-210, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, 16-303-210, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, 16-303-210, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-210, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-18-071, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03)

WAC 16-303-250   Miscellaneous charges for seed services.   Fees for miscellaneous department seed services are as follows:


Service Fee
Rush samples (including phone or FAX report if requested at time sample is submitted) $ 15.00
High priority sample - purity result completed before the end of the next business day. (Special circumstances only. Call ahead for availability.) $ 150.00
Phone reports on test result, per call $ 7.18
Preliminary report on germination $ 20.00
Additional mailing of report $ 5.12

each destination

Additional copies of reports $ 5.12

minimum fee

Revised reports $ 10.26 minimum (hourly fee when applicable)
Fee for special shipping and handling service, for example Federal Express, Air Parcel or air freight $ 3.70 plus exact shipping cost
Fee for facsimile transmission of documents $ ((5.39)) 1.00

per document

Mileage - additional or special requested trips As established by the Washington State Office of Financial Management

Stand-by time - or travel time $ 30.00/hour Travel time to be charged when special trip is requested.
Sample envelopes Customer will be charged the exact cost of the envelopes.

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, 16-303-250, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, 16-303-250, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, 16-303-250, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-250, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-18-071, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03)

WAC 16-303-310   Organization for economic cooperation and development scheme for varietal certification (O.E.C.D.) fees.   In addition to fees required by applicable Washington certification rules, the following fees shall apply to all seed tagged O.E.C.D. and is payable by the person requesting O.E.C.D. certificate. The certifying agency may require fees paid in advance:


Service Fee Additional Information
O.E.C.D. certificate $ 15.41 each
O.E.C.D. grow out test $ 65.72 each entry No charge for control entry
O.E.C.D. assessment cost to program
O.E.C.D. tagging fee $ 0.84/cwt.

All grasses except tall fescue
$ 0.51/cwt. Tall fescue
$ 0.53/cwt. all other crops

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, 16-303-310, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, 16-303-310, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, 16-303-310, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-310, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-18-071, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03)

WAC 16-303-320   Certification fees for seed certified by the department.   (1) Fees apply to both new and renewal applications.

The seed processor is responsible for seed certification fees including sampling, testing, production and final certification fees, and may accept responsibility for any other additional fees associated with certification. Fees for services such as O.E.C.D. and sod quality, etc., are in addition to the fees listed in this section.


Seed Applica-tion Fee 1/ Seedling field inspection fee Seedling producing or field inspection Fee 2/ Late Application Penalty Fee Reinspection Fee

(other than

isolation)

Production Fee (includes tagging) 7/ Seed shipped

Out-of-State (uncleaned)

Alfalfa, Red clover, White clover and Trefoil $ ((23.12)) 30.00 per variety per grower $ 50.00/field $ 1.85/acre $ 41.00 $ 53.44 ea. field $ 0.53/cwt. 5/ $ 0.20/cwt.
Bean $ ((23.12)) 30.00 per variety per grower N/A $ 1.85/acre 3/

(one inspection)

$ 3.70/acre 4/

(two inspections)

$ 41.00 $ 53.44 ea. field $ 0.53/cwt. $ 0.20/cwt.
Turnip, Rutabaga $ ((23.12)) 30.00 per field N/A $ 3.70/acre (two inspections) $ 41.00 $ 53.44 each field $ 0.53/cwt. $ 0.20
Perennial Grasses 6/ $ ((23.12)) 30.00 per field $ 50.00/field $ ((41.00)) 50.00 per field $ 41.00 $ 53.44 each field Option A

$ 0.84/cwt. for all grass except tall fescue

$ 0.51/cwt. tall fescue

Option B

$ 1.17/cwt. (min. $ 11.66)

$ 0.31
Corn $ ((23.12)) 30.00 for each separate combination/or isolation N/A $ 50.00 first acre

$ 10.99 ea. additional acre except hybrid corn $ 4.85 ea. additional acre

------ ------ ------ ------
Annual grasses $ ((23.12)) 30.00 per field N/A $ 1.85/acre $ 41.00 per field ------ $ 0.42/cwt. $ 0.20
Rapeseed $ ((23.12)) 30.00 per variety per grower N/A $ 1.85/acre (one inspection) $ 41.00 per grower $ 53.44 ea. field $ 0.53/cwt. $ 0.20

1/ Seed certification application due dates can be found in WAC 16-302-050.
2/ Seedling producing or field inspection fees are refundable if the acreage is withdrawn before the inspection is completed. In the case of bean seed, fees are required of seedling fields to be harvested for certification the year of planting.
3/ One inspection is required for Great Northern Red Mexican, pinto, pink, and small white bean.
4/ Includes windrow inspection which is required for certification of snap beans, kidney beans, and eligibility for shipment into the state of Idaho.
5/ Production fees are billed at completion of laboratory analysis tests. If no seed is tagged, $ 0.10 of the $ 0.53 per cwt. production fee is refundable.
6/ Option A: Inspection and final certification fees are based on pounds sampled and billed upon completion of required laboratory tests.
Option B: Inspection and final certification fees are based on pounds tagged after required laboratory tests are completed. Those dealers requesting sampling and tagging privileges and/or participation in Option B must sign a memorandum of agreement that shall expire on June 30 of each year. The memorandum may be terminated by the director if the conditioner violates certification standards or requirements of memorandum.
7/ Does not include shipping and handling charge.
(2) Other fees associated with grass seed certification:

Out-of-state origin seed tagged with interagency certification tags.


Grass Option A: $ 0.31 per cwt.
Grass Option B: $ 0.68 per cwt.
Reissuance of cert. tags: $ 0.11 per tag or minimum fee of $ 11.66

[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW, 2003 c 308. 03-18-071, 16-303-320, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.370(3), 15.49.310, and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-08-005, 16-303-320, filed 3/20/03, effective 4/20/03. Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.49 and 34.05 RCW. 02-12-061, 16-303-320, filed 5/30/02, effective 6/30/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-320, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]

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