Chapter 479-1 MARKETING ORDER FOR PEANUTS
The entire State of Georgia.
The extent of operation under the statutory authority shall be as determined by the Commission within the limitations of the statutory authority. The Commission shall have the right to determine the activities of the Commission and the expenditure of funds under any one or all of the areas permitted under statutory authority.
The term of operation under this Order shall be for three (3) years beginning July 1, 1979, and ending June 30, 1982, unless extended as provided by law.
|(1)||The approval of this Order shall be by written assent of the producers as authorized and provided by Section 14(a), (5), Ga. L. 1961, p. 301 as amended.|
|(2)||The approval shall be determined by the Commission upon receipt of written assent of producers.|
|(3)||The approval of members of non-profit agricultural cooperative marketing associations (co-ops) may not be had under the provisions of Section 14(a), (3), Ga. L. 1961, p. 301 as amended, but shall be upon an individual producer basis.|
Written assents or rejections shall be received by the Commission during the period of May 18, 1961, through June 25, 1961, with the authority of the Commission to declare this Order approved upon the receipt of the requisite number of assents from producers who produce the requisite percentage of peanuts.
This Order shall apply to all producers of peanuts in this State who produce peanuts for sale within and without this State.
|(1)||Projects, undertakings and expenses incurred under this Order shall be financed by an assessment and levy of two dollars ($2.00) per ton of all peanuts produced in this State for sale. The assessment and levy shall be against the producer of peanuts. Upon approval of the requisite number of producers and effective as of July 1, 1979, a levy and assessment of two dollars ($2.00) per ton of peanuts is hereby made. Such levy shall continue of force and effect until this Order is suspended or superseded as provided by law and during the time this Order remains of force and effect.|
|(2)||To the end that the Commission shall have such funds to defray expenses pending the collection of such funds under the levy and assessment herein provided, the Commission shall be authorized to borrow money and hypothecate anticipated collections as authorized under Section 16(d), Ga. Law 1969, p. 763, etc. as amended.|
|(1)||The levy and assessment provided by this Order shall be collected from producers. As an aid in such collection, handlers, distributors and others purchasing peanuts from producers shall deduct the amount of such levy and assessment during each pay period and remit the same to the Commissioner of Agriculture for the account of the producer.|
|(2)||The Commissioner is authorized in the collection of funds to adopt and utilize a reporting and auditing method of collecting the levy and assessment provided herein.|
The Commissioner of Agriculture shall administer and enforce the provisions of this Order, particularly as to the collection of levies and assessments.
The Commission is hereby authorized to expend funds of the Commission as it deems necessary to defray the costs and expenses incurred under this Order. The Commission is further authorized to expend funds to defray the actual costs and expenses of the Commission, including employees, special committees, advisory boards and individuals to aid, advise and assist the Commission in the performance of its duties.
The Commission may enter into contracts as it deems necessary and advisable in the performance of its duties under the provisions of this Order, for the performance of duties and services, as the Commission shall deem necessary and proper.
It shall be the duty and responsibility of each affected person or handler to keep adequate records to reflect the true amount of peanuts produced, sold or purchased by him, and to make such records available for inspection and audit by the Commission and the Commissioner.