WSR 04-06-029

PERMANENT RULES

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE


[ Filed February 24, 2004, 2:13 p.m. ]

Date of Adoption: February 24, 2004.

Purpose: This rule-making order increases Washington State Crop Improvement Association fees for certification of buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum, and small grains (WAC 16-303-340) by the Office of Financial Management (OFM) fiscal growth factor for fiscal year 2004 (3.20%). These increases are necessary to ensure that Washington State Crop Improvement Association revenues are sufficient to recover operating costs.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 16-303-340.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 15.49.370(3) and 15.49.310.

Other Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-01-181 on December 23, 2003.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Other Findings Required by Other Provisions of Law as Precondition to Adoption or Effectiveness of Rule: Fee increase is limited by the OFM fiscal growth factor for 2004.
Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

February 24, 2004

Valoria Loveland

Director

OTS-6797.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-06-005, filed 2/20/03, effective 3/23/03)

WAC 16-303-340   Seed certification fees for buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum and small grains.   (1) Seed certification fees for buckwheat, chickpea, field pea, lentil, millet, soybean, sorghum and small grains are as follows:

(a) Application fee per variety per grower . . . . . . . . . . . .

$((20.02)) 20.66

(b) Field inspection fee per acre except millet and hybrid sorghum . . . . . . . . . . . .

$((2.78)) 2.86

(c) Millet - first acre . . . . . . . . . . . . $((29.78)) 30.73
- each additional acre . . . . . . . . . . . . $((5.94)) 6.13
(d) Hybrid sorghum - first acre . . . . . . . . . . . . $((29.78)) 30.73
- each additional acre . . . . . . . . . . . . $((11.90)) 12.28
(e) Special field inspection fee per

acre . . . . . . . . . . . .

$((2.37)) 2.44

(f) Late application fee . . . . . . . . . . . . $((18.76)) 19.36
(g) Reinspection fee . . . . . . . . . . . . $((37.56)) 38.76
minimum for each field which did not pass field inspection plus $ ((0.41)) 0.42 for each acre over twenty-five. The reinspection fee for isolation requirements only for a field of any size is $ ((37.56)) 38.76.
(h) Final certification fee . . . . . . . . . . . . $((0.235)) 0.240
per cwt. of clean seed sampled, which is charged to conditioning plant, or production fee . . . . . . . . . . . .

$0.105

per cwt. of production from fields inspected which is utilized for seed, which is charged to the grower or the final seller prior to brokerage, retail sale, sale to plant not approved for conditioning certified seed, or transshipment out-of-state.
(i) Sampling fee . . . . . . . . . . . . $0.105
per cwt. of clean seed sampled, with minimum charge of ten dollars per sample, which is charged to conditioning plant in lieu of mechanical sampling.

(2) A field may be withdrawn upon notification by the applicant to the certifying agency's office before field inspection. In such case, the field inspection fee is refunded upon request until June 30 of the year following harvest.

(3) Harvest before field inspection causes forfeitures of both the application and field inspection fees, and completion of certification.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 34.05 RCW. 03-06-005, 16-303-340, filed 2/20/03, effective 3/23/03; 02-05-082, 16-303-340, filed 2/20/02, effective 3/23/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 15.49.005, 15.49.081, 15.49.310, 15.49.370(3) and chapter 17.24 RCW. 01-01-015, 16-303-340, filed 12/6/00, effective 1/6/01.]

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