Chapter 16-325 WAC

Last Update: 4/9/02

SEED POTATO ISOLATION DISTRICT

WAC Sections

16-325-005Promulgation—Establishing an isolation district.
16-325-010Definitions.
16-325-015Regulated area.
16-325-020Regulations for potato production within the seed potato isolation district.
16-325-025Exceptions.


16-325-005
Promulgation—Establishing an isolation district.

The production of high quality seed potatoes within the state requires conditions that are as free as possible from insect pests and plant diseases. The production of other potatoes intermixed with or in close proximity to a concentrated seed potato production area poses an increased risk of introduction of insect pests and plant diseases. To mitigate this problem this chapter establishes a seed potato isolation district requiring commercial potato production within the boundaries to be enrolled in the seed potato certification program.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.15 RCW. WSR 98-09-071, § 16-325-005, filed 4/20/98, effective 5/21/98.]



16-325-010
Definitions.

The definitions in this section shall apply throughout this chapter.
(1) "Department" means the department of agriculture of the state of Washington.
(2) "Director" means the director of the department of agriculture or a duly appointed representative.
(3) "Potato" means plants or plant parts of Solanum tuberosum.
(4) "Seed potatoes" means vegetatively propagated tubers of Solanum tuberosum used for propagation or production.
(5) "Seed potato certification program" means the program in which certified seed potatoes are produced, as set forth in chapter 16-324 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.15 RCW. WSR 98-09-071, § 16-325-010, filed 4/20/98, effective 5/21/98.]



16-325-015
Regulated area.

The seed potato isolation district consists of that area of Whatcom County lying within the following boundaries:
On the west the boundary follows Georgia Straight from the Canadian border south to Slater Road.
On the north the boundary follows the Canadian border from Georgia Straight easterly to South Pass Road.
On the east the boundary follows South Pass Rd. southwesterly to the point where the eastern edge of Range 4 East intersects South Pass Road, then south along the eastern boundary of Range 4 East to the Nooksack River (south of the town of Deming).
On the south the boundary follows the Nooksack River northwesterly to the City of Everson, south from Everson on Mission Road to Smith Road, westerly on Smith Rd to Interstate 5, southeasterly on Interstate 5 to Slater Road, westerly on Slater Road to Rural Ave., southwesterly on Rural Ave. to Marine Dr., westerly on Marine Dr. to Ferndale Rd., northerly on Ferndale Rd. to Slater then westerly on Slater to Georgia Straight.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.15 RCW. WSR 02-09-030, § 16-325-015, filed 4/9/02, effective 5/10/02; WSR 98-09-071, § 16-325-015, filed 4/20/98, effective 5/21/98.]



16-325-020
Regulations for potato production within the seed potato isolation district.

All potato plantings in excess of one acre must be enrolled in the seed potato certification program described in chapter 16-324 WAC. Affected growers shall be responsible for all associated fees as required in chapter 16-324 WAC.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.15 RCW. WSR 98-09-071, § 16-325-020, filed 4/20/98, effective 5/21/98.]



16-325-025
Exceptions.

The director may allow the production of potatoes, otherwise prohibited, by special permit. The permit shall specify under what conditions and in what location production will be allowed and must be obtained prior to planting.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 15.15 RCW. WSR 98-09-071, § 16-325-025, filed 4/20/98, effective 5/21/98.]