Importing Small Lots of Seed - Thanks

Adam Fikso
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 17:55:57 PST
This extended information helps to explain WHY it's complicated.  Some  of 
it rests on prior legislation.  But that could be amended and simplified... 
given a different environment.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robin Carrier" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2011 7:11 PM
Subject: Re: [pbs] Importing Small Lots of Seed - Thanks

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "William Aley" <>
> To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
> Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2011 6:27 PM
> Subject: Re: [pbs] Importing Small Lots of Seed - Thanks
>> Thanks Robin,
>> In all honesty we do realize that the import system is not reflective  of 
>> the modern processes. That being said we can not petition congress  for 
>> change. We can amend the CFRs, and that is a very long process.  The US 
>> system is great for transparency but can get bogged down with  the need 
>> to appease as much of the population as possible. Public  disclosure, 
>> forums & feedback help to keep us on track but this takes  time and there 
>> is the ever looming problem that government needs to be  smaller. Thus 
>> international agreements and making our regulations  comparable to other 
>> countries becomes a slower process.
>> For the plants for planting universe there are changes in the works. 
>> Some groups want to totally ban plant imports for reasons of fear to 
>> environmental pollution of the N. American biomes. 
>> Where others think the 
>> government is too restrictive and all imports  should be at the 
>> discretion of the individual. We try to find a balance.
>> As I mentioned before the Hatch Act prohibits government employees  from 
>> advocating change to elected official. But groups like this when 
>> organized can contact the Secretary of Agriculture directly with 
>> requests, recommendations and (most often) complaints. We do listen  and 
>> try to find a balance and we try to help as much as we can within  the 
>> limits of the CFR.
>> For more information go to the PPQ website to be included in the 
>> stakeholder registry
>> there are a couple of presentations that may be useful too.
>> UNITED STATES of AMERICA (716Kb) - Regulations Affecting Seed ...
>> New information is added to the website from the NAPPRA rule 
>> (… 
>>  ) to Federal Orders that are the precursor to changing the CFR:
>> I do hope this helps.
>> Bill
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