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Public Hearing – Adjustment to WAC Rules on Grape Certification

September 23 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Hearing Location:

Due to the mandated social distancing requirements in place during the current COVID-19 pandemic, the public hearing will be held solely over video and teleconference.

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Conference ID: 86838

Chapter 16-462 WAC, Grape Planting Stock – Registration and Certification.

As a result of a three year stakeholder driven federally funded grant project and a petition from the Washington
Winegrowers Association, the department is proposing the following amendments:

  1. Clarifying the circumstances under which Generation 2 mother plants which are more than two years old, can
    continue to be used to propagate Generation 3 grapevines;
  2. Requiring retesting of soil after fumigation to control the presence of nematodes of the genus Xiphinema, to
    prove efficacy of the treatment;
  3. Decreasing the number of required inspections of certified grape planting stock (Generation 4) from three times
    per year to only twice per year;
  4. Requiring virus sampling and testing for all registered (Generation 2/Generation 3) grapevines on a five-year
  5. Removing the requirement that program participants have to use paper certification tags provided by the
  6. Removing the requirement that certified grape planting stock (Generation 4) adhere to certain grades and
    standards specified in WAC 16-462-055 when offered for sale; and
  7. Moving the annual application due date for registration and certification from January 1st to January 10th.

To read more about the proposed rule changes, visit:

Submit written comments to:
Name: Gloriann Robinson, Agency Rules Coordinator
Address: PO Box 42560 Olympia, WA 98504-2560
Fax: (360) 902-2092

Assistance for persons with disabilities:
Contact Deanna Painter
Phone: (360) 902-2061
TTY: 800-833-6388 or 711