WSR 02-05-083

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed February 20, 2002, 10:27 a.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: The Department of Agriculture is considering making minor changes (housekeeping) to WAC 16-301-025 Special requirements for labeling of vegetable and flower seed as prepared for use in the home, 16-301-050 Restricted noxious weeds, 16-302-091 What is the program for early sampling of ryegrass?, 16-302-125 Who may condition seed in Washington state?, 16-302-250 Definitions, 16-302-260 Field tolerances and requirements for bean seed certification, 16-302-330 Field isolation requirements for grass seed, 16-302-385 Grass seed standards for certification, 16-302-390 Inspection and final grass seed certification fees -- Options, 16-302-410 Standards for sod quality seed, 16-302-435 Sudan grass lot standards for certification, 16-302-440 Standards for verification of turf seed ingredients, 16-302-490 Seed standards for rapeseed certification, 16-302-545 Seed standards for white clover and trefoil seed certification, 16-302-685 Small grain standards for seed certification, and 16-303-250 Miscellaneous charges for seed certification. In addition, two noxious weeds need to be added to WAC 16-301-045 Prohibited noxious weed seeds, which were accidentally deleted from the list when the section was amended in December of 2000.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: Chapter 34.05 RCW and RCW 15.49.370(3).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: To correct errors and make the rules more readable.

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

Process for Developing New Rule: Public hearing.

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, Seed Program, 21 North First Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902, phone (509) 225-2636, fax (509) 454-4395.

February 20, 2002

Robert W. Gore

Assistant Director

Washington State Code Reviser's Office