Importing Small Lots of Seed

Michael Mace
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 18:36:53 PST
Bill wrote:

>> groups like this when organized can contact the Secretary of Agriculture
directly with requests, recommendations and (most often) complaints. 

Lee wrote:

>>Many people, spearheaded by Joyce Fingerut of NARGS, as Jim W. pointed out
spent a lot of effort writing, emailing, and calling the USDA

We've discussed this issue a few times before, but I just wanted to
underline something.  Here we have an official of the US government saying
that they're open to suggestions from us, and we've got Lee recapping a case
in which those suggestions worked.  I've talked with Joyce, and she has
several other examples where she was able to make a difference.

It's really easy to feel helpless and cynical when dealing with a big
government bureaucracy, but sometimes it does work.  I'd like to ask the
members of this list -- especially the Americans and the folks overseas who
ship to the US -- to suspend disbelief when issues like this come up in the

When the new regulations on plant imports are announced, I'm sure there will
be an opportunity for us to help fine-tune the rules to accommodate our
needs.  And in the meantime, I think it would be *great* to see if we can
get something similar to the small lots of seed program applied to small
quantities of dry bulbs.  I'm interested in pursuing that. Is anyone else


PS:  Thanks, Lee, for the excellent history.

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