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Request for Public Comment: Plant Health - Raspberry and Strawberry Plant Certification

The Ohio Department of Agriculture is accepting comments regarding the rules found in Chapters 901:5-39 and 901:5-41 of the Ohio Administrative Code. The rules in this package have been reviewed pursuant to Chapter 119 of the Revised Code and are being proposed as follows. The comment period will remain open through July 20, 2018. Comments may be emailed to eComments@agri.ohio.gov or mailed to Legal Section, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 8995 E. Main St., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068.

OAC 901:5-39-01 and 901:5-41-01 has been reviewed in accordance with Chapter 119 of the Revised Code and are being proposed to be rescinded. Currently, the rules regulate and establish the process for the certification of raspberry and strawberry plants, respectively. Certified plants are those that have been inspected to ensure that the plants are free from disease and are of a pure variety. ODA has reviewed the rule and determined that it can be rescinded. ODA typically handles certification through other methods such as a compliance agreements. Further, the certification has not been utilized in a significant number of years.