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WAC 16-561-005

Marketing order for Washington red raspberries—Policy statement.

(1) The marketing of red raspberries within this state is in the public interest. It is vital to the continued economic well-being of the citizens of this state and their general welfare that its red raspberries be properly promoted by:
(a) Enabling producers of red raspberries to help themselves in establishing orderly, fair, sound, efficient, and unhampered marketing of the red raspberries they produce; and
(b) Working towards stabilizing the agricultural industry by increasing consumption of red raspberries within the state, the nation, and internationally.
(2) That it is in the overriding public interest that support for the red raspberry industry be clearly expressed, that adequate protection be given to the industry and its activities and operations, and that red raspberries be promoted individually, and as part of a comprehensive agricultural industry to:
(a) Enhance the reputation and image of Washington state's red raspberries;
(b) Increase the sale and use of Washington state's red raspberries in local, domestic, and foreign markets;
(c) Protect the public by educating the public in reference to the quality, care, and methods used in the production of Washington state's red raspberries;
(d) Increase the knowledge of the health-giving qualities and dietetic value of Washington state's red raspberries and products; and
(e) Support and engage in programs or activities that benefit the planting, production, harvesting, handling, processing, marketing, and uses of red raspberries produced in Washington state.
(3) The director is authorized to implement, administer, and enforce chapter 15.65 RCW through adoption of this marketing order.
(4) The Washington state red raspberry commodity board exists primarily for the benefit of the people of the state of Washington and its economy, and with oversight by the director, the board is authorized to speak on behalf of Washington state government with regard to red raspberries under the provisions of this marketing order.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 15.65 and 34.05 RCW. WSR 14-03-007, § 16-561-005, filed 1/6/14, effective 2/6/14.]
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