Vegetable seed labeling, 40.3
AGRICULTURE AND LAND STEWARDSHIP DEPARTMENT
Notice of Intended Action
Twenty-five interested persons, a governmental subdivision, an agency or association of 25 or more persons may demand an oral presentation hereon as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b."
Notice is also given to the public that the Administrative Rules Review Committee may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this proposed action under section 17A.8(6) at a regular or special meeting where the public or interested persons may be heard.
Pursuant to the authority of Iowa Code sections 159.5(10) and 199.11(1)"b," the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship hereby gives Notice of Intended Action to amend Chapter 40, "Agricultural Seeds," Iowa Administrative Code.
The proposed amendment would eliminate the requirement that small packages of vegetable seed have the germination rate on the label, which would only apply to packets of one pound or less which are prepared for use in home gardens or household plantings or for vegetable seeds in preplanted containers, mats, tapes or other planting devices in containers.
Any interested persons may make written suggestions or comments on the proposed amendment on or before October 31, 2017. Written comments should be addressed to Margaret Thomson, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Wallace State Office Building, 502 East Ninth Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. Comments may be submitted by fax to (515)281-6236 or by e-mail to Margaret.Thomson@IowaAgriculture.gov.
The proposed amendment is subject to the Department's general waiver provisions.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no adverse impact on jobs has been found.
This amendment is intended to implement Iowa Code sections 189.9(1) and 199.3.
The following amendment is proposed.
Amend rule 21—40.3(199) as follows:
21—40.3(199) Labeling. Agricultural and vegetable seeds in package or wrapped form shall be labeled in accordance with Iowa Code section 189.9(1). In addition, labeling requirements appearing in Title 7, C.F.R., Subchapter K, Part 201, Sections 201.8 through and including 201.36(c), revised as of January 1, 1982, are hereby adopted by this reference and shall be the labeling requirements for agricultural and vegetable seeds in Iowa. However, the germination rate is not required for small packages of vegetable seed in packets of one pound or less which are prepared for use in home gardens or household plantings or for vegetable seeds in preplanted containers, mats, tapes or other planting devices in containers.