Procedures for Certification
(1)In accordance with OAR 603-051-0855 (Declaration of Policy), certification and the supervision of activities relating thereto shall be in the Department. Inspection and testing procedures prescribed in this certification program may be carried out by the Washington State Department of Agriculture or the Department, and shall be conducted at such times and in such manner as is acceptable to the Department.
(2)The methods and procedures used for virus indexing shall conform to Clean Plant Center of the Northwest or Departmentally approved standards and shall be conducted in the manner and times determined by the Department.
(3)The Department reserves the right to visually inspect and test nursery rootstock in a planting for certification throughout the growing season. At the request of the Department, any undesirable rootstock may be rogued before propagation.
(4)All nursery stock meeting the requirements of this certification program shall have the variety, interstock and rootstock designated upon any tag evidencing the same as Oregon Certified Nursery Stock.
(5)The Department shall authorize the use of official certification tags for the identification of nursery stock or seed meeting the requirements of OAR 603-051-0855 (Declaration of Policy) to 603-051-0859 (Application for Certification and Fees), and therefore certified as Oregon Certified Nursery Stock. Such official certification tags shall be furnished by the Department to the qualified applicants therefore upon payment of the established cost of the Department for the tags so furnished.
(6)Any person selling, or offering for sale, any nursery stock or seed identified by tagging as Oregon Certified Nursery Stock shall be deemed to be responsible for the identity of such stock. All Oregon Certified Nursery Stock offered for sale shall be handled in accordance with accepted commercial practices and shall be identified by the tags described in the subsection.
(7)Certification shall be refused if plants have been propagated from registered trees determined to be infected by a virus or virus-like disease, or if other provisions of this certification program have been violated.
(8)A list of participating nurseries and certified nursery stock shall be provided to all participating nurseries and to other interested parties upon request.
Rule 603-051-0858 — Procedures for Certification,