WSR 12-15-016



[ Filed July 10, 2012, 11:48 a.m. ]

Following is the department of agriculture's semi-annual rules development agenda for the period of July 1 through December 31, 2012. This document is being sent to you in compliance with RCW 34.05.314.

The department may undertake additional rule-making activity as conditions warrant. If you have any questions, please call Teresa Norman at (360) 902-2043 or e-mail

Semi-Annual Rules Agenda

July 1 - December 31, 2012

P.O. Box 42560

Olympia, WA 98504-2560

Tentative Timeline








CR-102 CR-103 Subject of Rule Making
Agriculture Development and Assistance
16-08 Practice and procedure. Elizabeth McNagny

Administrative Regulations

(360) 902-1809

September December Updating rules of procedure that are applicable to adjudicative proceedings.
Animal Services
NEW Animal disease traceability. Jodi Jones

Animal Services

(360) 902-1889

June August October Creation of the animal disease traceability program.
16-86 Cattle and bison diseases in Washington state. Jodi Jones

Animal Services

(360) 902-1889

June August October Change the official mature RB-51 Brucella vaccination dosage from 0.25cc to a full dose.
16-610 Livestock brand inspection. Jodi Jones

Animal Services

(360) 902-1889

June August October Modify the livestock inspection exemption for private sales of unbranded, female, dairy breed cattle involving fifteen head or less;

Require milk producers to develop, implement, and financially support an electronic transaction reporting system within eighteen months of the rule making effective date;

Require a certificate of permit and bill of sale to accompany any cattle presented for an inspection that are in the possession of the buyer; and

Exempt unbranded dairy breed bull calves or free martins from inspection requirements when criteria are met.

Commodity Inspection
16-303 Seed assessment, fees for seed services and seed certification. Victor Shaul

Seed Program

(509) 249-6955

May July August Fee increases to ensure cost of services recovery.
16-390 WSDA fruit and vegetable inspection districts, inspection fees and other charges. Karen Cozzetto

Fruit and Vegetable Inspection

(509) 249-6906

May July August Fee increases necessary to recover the actual costs of providing inspection services.
16-237-195 Fees for warehouse audit and related services. Don Potts

Grain Inspection

(509) 533-2487

May July August Increase the year-end inventory fee from ten percent of the warehouse license fee to twenty percent of the warehouse license fee with a minimum of four hundred dollars.
16-240 WSDA grain inspection program -- Definitions, standards, and fees. Keith Angerman

Grain Inspection

(206) 298-4619

May July August Increase fees to adequately recover the cost of providing inspection services.
Food Safety and Consumer Services
16-167 Intrastate commerce in food. Claudia Coles

Compliance Program

(360) 902-1905

TBD TBD TBD Adoption of most current Codes of Federal Regulation for interstate [intrastate] commerce in food.
Pesticide Management
16-232 Pesticide restrictions for cranberries. Robin Schoen-Nessa

Pesticide Compliance

(360) 902-2038

June 2010 August December Establishing best management practices for cribbing and covering ditches adjacent to cranberries in Grayland area to prevent water contamination.
16-228 Pesticide examination fees. Margaret Tucker

Certification and Training Program

(360) 902-2015

May September December Pesticide examination fee increase.
NEW Nutrient management. Nora Mena

Dairy Nutrient Management Program

(360) 902-2894

June 2010 July August Establishing civil penalty rules.
Plant Protection
16-470 Quarantine -- Agricultural pests. Tom Wessels

Plant Services Program

(360) 902-1984

August September November The department is considering initiating an industry request quarantine that would place restrictions on the importation of hazelnut plants into Washington state in response to Eastern filbert blight.
16-470 Quarantine -- Agricultural pests. Tom Wessels

Plant Services Program

(360) 902-1984

August September November The department is considering increasing the requested inspection fees for inspecting and certifying plants for freedom from plant pests.
16-623 Commission Merchants Act -- Licensing fees, proof of payment, cargo manifests, and registration of acreage commitments. Jerry Buendel

Agricultural Investigations Program

(360) 902-1856

June August September The department is considering increasing the fees for licenses issued under chapter 20.01 RCW, which authorizes the agricultural investigations program; and may amend the existing language to increase its clarity and readability and update the language to conform to current industry and regulatory standards.
16-662 Weights and measures -- National handbooks. Jerry Buendel

Weights and Measures Program

(360) 902-1856

August September November The department is considering amending rules that adopt, in whole or in part, the most recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) handbooks regarding requirements for: Weighing and measuring devices, net contents of packaged goods, legal metrology and engine fuel quality.

Teresa Norman

Rules Coordinator

Washington State Code Reviser's Office