Montana Administrative Register Notice 4-17-241 No. 17   09/08/2017    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 4.12.3103 pertaining to Seed Labeling Rules and Viability Information







TO: All Concerned Persons


            1. On October 3, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., the Department of Agriculture will hold a public hearing in Room 225 of the Scott Hart Building, at 302 North Roberts, Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed amendment of the above-stated rule.


2. The Department of Agriculture will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact Department of Agriculture no later than 5:00 p.m. on September 29, 2017, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Cort Jensen, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, Montana, 59620-0201; telephone (406) 444-3144; fax (406) 444-5409; or e-mail agr@mt.gov.


3. The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows, new matter underlined, deleted matter interlined:


      4.12.3103  VIABILITY INFORMATION (1) remains the same.

      (2)  Seed sold or offered for sale must have current viability information as required by 80-5-134(1)(d), MCA.  Seed shall not be sold more than 12 15 months after the calendar month and year in which the test for the viability information for that seed was completed.

      (3) remains the same.

      (4)  A seed dealer may use the label of the seed labeler without changing the name for a period of 12 15 months following the month in which the viability test was completed, provided that label complies with the Montana labeling requirements and that it is attached to the original container. After this period, viability information must be updated.

      (5) remains the same.


AUTH: 80-5-139, MCA

IMP: 80-5-123, MCA


REASON: To create more consistent labeling laws across state lines to allow for trade into and out of Montana state with fewer regulatory hurdles. The risk to the consumer of getting non-viable seeds is low and offset by the lower prices that competition may foster.


            4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to: Cort Jensen, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 200201, 302 North Roberts, Helena, Montana, 59601; telephone (406) 444-3144; fax (406) 444-5409; or e-mail agr@mt.gov, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., October 9, 2017.


5. Cort Jensen, Department of Agriculture, has been designated to preside over and conduct this hearing.


6. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request. Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


7. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.


8. With regard to the requirements of 2-4-111, MCA, the department has determined that the amendment of the above-referenced rule will not significantly and directly impact small businesses. The financial impact will be positive for both regulated companies and likely consumers with no impact to the State. The exact amount of additional trade generated is speculative and unquantifiable.



/s/ Cort Jensen                                            /s/  Ben Thomas      

Cort Jensen                                                 Ben Thomas

Rule Reviewer                                             Director



Certified to the Secretary of State August 28, 2017.


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