BEFORE THE Department of AGRICULTURE
OF THE STATE OF MONTANA
In the matter of the amendment of ARM 4.5.308 and 4.5.313 pertaining to the noxious weed seed free forage fees
NOTICE OF AMENDMENT
TO: All Concerned Persons
1. On June 25, 2015, the Department of Agriculture published MAR Notice No. 4-14-227 pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed amendment of the above-stated rules at page 784 of the 2015 Montana Administrative Register, Issue Number 12.
2. The department has amended the above-stated rules as proposed.
3. The department has thoroughly considered the comments and testimony received. A summary of the comments received and the department's responses are as follows:
COMMENT #1: A grower who plans to ship in bulk noxious weed seed free forage out of state had questions about the new fee and the exact amount he would pay and whether in the future it might have a negative impact on his business.
RESPONSE #1: The field and facility inspection fees are not changed by this rule. The new marker fee for certifying bulk products only is $0.20/50 pounds or $8.00/ton. The decision to certify and sell these products as certified is at the discretion of the seller.
/s/ Cort Jensen /s/ Ron de Yong
Cort Jensen Ron de Yong
Rule Reviewer Director
Department of Agriculture
Certified to the Secretary of State September 14, 2015.