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  Comments on small lot seed imports - U. S.
From: "G. D. M." <doji at interpac.net> on 2004.05.01 at 00:10:54(11462)
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We are proposing to amend the nursery stock regulations to allow the
importation of small lots of seed under an import permit with specific
conditions, as an alternative to the current phytosanitary certificate
requirement. This proposed change is necessary because several entities
that import small lots of seed-individual importers, horticultural
societies, arboreta, and small businesses have had difficulty obtaining the
necessary certificates and have been adversely affected by the phytosanitary
certificate requirement.

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From: Betsy Feuerstein <ecuador at midsouth.rr.com> on 2004.05.01 at 09:55:00(11464)
Just a suggestion. When you wish for someone to send a response to the Department of Agriculture...... an address might be the stimulus to a
greater response, along with to the attention of whom. Issue certainly has warrant for most of us. If someone comes up with an address, please
post it.

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From: "G. D. M." <doji at interpac.net> on 2004.05.01 at 11:18:18(11465)
> >From the Pacific Bulb Society's mailing lists that I received today is
the following letter that could be of benefit to us all in the U. S.

In the above reference, I did not mean to say that the new regulation would
only be a benefit, there are also down sides to the way it is written. As I
stated on another list "this looks like it was written by bean counters, not
bean growers".

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From: "Tropical Plant Resource" <Tropicals at SolutionsAnalysis.net> on 2004.05.01 at 13:46:41(11466)
THANK YOU GARY. Well worth the read...Christian

AlterNative Solutions Tropical / Desert Plant Resource
http://www.solutionsanalysis.net/cgi-bin/store/agora.cgi

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From: "G. D. M." <doji at interpac.net> on 2004.05.01 at 13:50:48(11467)
Dear Betsy,

You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the suggestion. Another reference
in the proposal gives this address for a form to submit comments. No
particular name is given, but at the bottom of the proposal is the name Bill
Hawks, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. I doubt he
has ever seen or read the document, just assigns to his staff and then signs
for the hundreds of papers that pass over his desk every year.

Comments form http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppd/rad/cominst.html

Original proposal http://www.regulations.gov/freddocs/04-09716.htm

Gary

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