Chapter 606-1 MARKETING ORDER FOR SOYBEANS
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 the statutory authority.
The term of operation under this Order shall be for three (3) years beginning September 1, 1971 and ending August 31, 1974 unless extended as provided by law.
|(1)||The approval of this Order shall be by referendum of the affected producers as authorized and provided by section 15, (a) of the "Georgia Agricultural Commodities Promotion Act," (Georgia Laws 1969, p. 763 as amended).|
|(2)||The approval shall be determined by the Commission at the close of such referendum period as provided by section 15, (a) of the "Georgia Agricultural Commodities Promotion Act," (Georgia Laws 1969, p. 763 as amended).|
|(3)||The approval or disapproval of affected producers shall be upon an individual producer basis.|
In the event the Commission, after a public hearing, determines that a referendum shall be held, a thirty (30) day period shall be set during which time ballots shall be received. The Commission has the authority to declare this Order approved upon the results of tabulation revealing the requisite number of favorable ballots from producers who produce the requisite percentage.
This Order shall apply to all producers of soybeans who produce soybeans for sale within and without the State.
|(1)||Projects, undertakings and expenses incurred under this Order shall be financed by an assessment and levy of one-half (½¢) per bushel on all soybeans produced by producers in this state and sold. The assessment and levy shall be against the producer of soybeans. Upon the approval of the requisite number of affected producers and effective as of September 1, 1971 an annual levy and assessment of one-half (½¢) per bushel on all soybeans produced by producers in this state and sold is hereby made. Such levy and assessment shall continue of force and effect until this Order is suspended or superseded as provided by law and during the time this Order remains of force and effect.|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 funds under the levy and assessment herein provided, the Commission shall be authorized to borrow money and hypothecate anticipated collections as authorized under section 17, (e) of the "Georgia Agricultural Commodities Promotion Act,".|
|(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 soybeans (first buyers) 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 soybeans produced, sold or purchased by him, and to make such records available for inspection and audit by the Commission and the Commissioner.