In cases arising under chs. 88
, and 93
, the department may be represented by its attorney.
The department may, with the approval of the governor, appoint special counsel to prosecute or assist in the prosecution of any case arising under chs. 88
, and 93
. The cost of such special counsel shall be charged to the appropriation for the department.
In any criminal or civil action under chs. 88
, and 93
, any exception, exemption, proviso, excuse, or qualification contained in any of said chapters, or in any order, standard, or regulation thereunder, may be proved by the defendant, but need not be specified or negatived in the information or complaint, and, if so specified or negatived, no proof in relation to the matters so specified or negatived, shall be required of the plaintiff.
State aid to county fairs and agricultural societies.
State aid appropriated by s. 20.115 (4) (b)
to counties and agricultural societies, associations or boards shall be paid subject to the following conditions:
To each county, and any organized agricultural society, association, or board in the state that complies with the requirements of this section, 95 percent of the first $8,000 paid in net premiums and 70 percent of all net premiums paid in excess of $8,000 at its annual fair upon livestock, articles of production, educational exhibits, agricultural implements and tools, domestic manufactures, mechanical implements, and productions, but not more than $10,000 per fair, subject to equitable prorating if the total amount due exceeds the amount available and to all of the following:
No single premium paid shall exceed the sum of $35 to a single person, or $75 for any town or other group premium.
No fair, association, or board shall receive state aid unless its premium list, entry fees, and charges conform to uniform premium lists and other rules established under subd. 2.
, both as to premiums offered, amounts to be paid, entry fees to be charged, and all other charges for exhibiting.
In order to have a more equitable distribution of state aid among fairs and to effect wider participation and interest by the public in exhibits, the department may prescribe uniform premium lists setting forth classes of exhibits which will be approved for the purposes of state aid, premium awards in such classes and entry qualifications, fees and charges for exhibitors. All fairs shall receive aid in the same manner, except that an entity operating a fair may impose restrictions on the total number of fairs at which an exhibitor may participate in order to be eligible for premium awards for exhibits at that fair.
Except as provided in par. (c)
, state aid shall be paid on the premiums awarded at only one fair in each county. If the county conducts a fair such state aid shall be paid to the county. If the county does not conduct a fair such state aid shall be paid to the one society, board or association which conducts a fair and is designated by the county board.
All societies, boards and associations which received state aid in 1950 shall continue to remain eligible therefor so long as they continue to operate a fair each year in conformity with the applicable law and the regulations.
Not later than 30 days after the close of the fair each year the county clerk, or the person appointed to file the statements under this paragraph by the county board, agricultural society, association, or board claiming state aid, shall file with the department, on forms provided by the department, an itemized statement verified on oath, showing net premiums actually paid or to be paid at the preceding fair, which must correspond with uniform premium lists and other requirements under par. (a)
. The statement shall also include a statement that at the fair all gambling devices whatsoever, the sale of intoxicating liquors, excepting fermented malt beverages, as defined in s. 125.02 (6)
, and wine, as defined in s. 125.02 (22)
, and exhibitions of immoral character were prohibited and excluded from the fairgrounds and all adjacent grounds under the authority or control of the county board, agricultural society, association, or board claiming state aid. On or before the January 31 following the year in which the fair is held, the person filing the statements under this paragraph shall furnish the department a finance report of receipts and disbursements, attendance, and any other information that the department requires. Upon receipt of the required report, each fair shall be paid 100%, or the prorated percentage, of the aid due the preceding year.
If it appears from such report, and the department is satisfied that such county agricultural fairs have been maintained pursuant to the rules and regulations prescribed by it, and that the premiums are the net amount actually paid or to be paid in cash to bona fide exhibitors, it shall provide the payment of state aid in favor of each such county agricultural society, association or board the amounts due under the provisions of par. (a)
. If it appears from any such report that any premiums have been paid to other than bona fide exhibitors, or that premiums have been paid or used in any way contrary to the intent of this subsection, then the department may withhold payment of such state aid until suitable adjustment is made.
The department may visit and inspect, when necessary, the records, grounds, buildings, or other property of any society, association, or board receiving state aid under this subsection, and it shall have access to the grounds, buildings, and records at all times.
Incorporated dairy or livestock associations, upon substantial compliance with pars. (a)
, shall be entitled to the state aid therein provided for upon premiums paid for dairy products or livestock or upon articles pertaining to the production or manufacture of such products or the raising of such livestock, in any county in which no annual fair is held by any organized agricultural society, association, or board. State aid shall be paid to but one such dairy or livestock association in any one county. All moneys received by any such association shall be paid out by it for the premiums provided for in this subsection substantially as provided in sub. (2)
(2) Use of funds.
Subject to sub. (1)
, all moneys received by any such society, association or board, either from the state or any other source, after paying the necessary incidental expenses thereof, shall be paid out annually, by bank check or draft, in each individual case, for premiums awarded, in such sums as its bylaws, rules and regulations shall direct, on such live animals, articles of production, educational exhibits, agricultural implements and tools, domestic manufactures, mechanical implements and productions as are the growth and manufacture of the district which such society, association or board represents, but livestock, the growth of any other county, state or country, may receive the same premiums as those which are the growth of the district where fair is located, should the society, association or board governing so decide. Provided, that moneys received by any such society, association or board from a source other than from the state, may be paid out for trials or exhibitions of speed, or other contests, for which published premiums have been offered.
(3) Entry fee to exhibit may be charged.
Any board, fair association, society or other agency conducting an agricultural fair or exhibition may charge an entry fee for each exhibit.
(4) Police power.
A county agricultural society has full jurisdiction and control of the grounds on which the society may exhibit, and all the streets and alleys and other grounds adjacent to the grounds during exhibitions, so far as may be necessary to exclude from there all other exhibitions, booths, stands or other temporary places for the retail or sale of any kind of alcohol beverages or other articles that they deem objectionable. The president of any such society, or, in the president's absence, any vice president, may appoint necessary police officers to assist in preserving the peace and enforcing the regulations upon the ground and adjacent streets, who, for this purpose, shall have all the powers of a constable and be entitled to similar fees.
(7) False premium list or statement.
No officer of any organized agricultural society, association or board in this state, in pretended compliance with sub. (1)
, shall willfully make or file any false or fraudulent list or statement.
Any person violating this section may be fined not more than $200 or imprisoned not more than 6 months or both.
See also s. ATCP 160.93
, Wis. adm. code.
Exposition center grants. 93.29(1)
Beginning in fiscal year 1994-95, the department may grant $240,000 in each fiscal year to Dane County to assist Dane County in paying for the expansion of and ongoing costs of operating an exposition center and for the costs of hosting the world dairy expo at the exposition center if all of the following conditions are met:
Dane County completes the expansion of the exposition center before June 1, 1995.
Dane County enters into a written agreement with the department, before receiving the grant proceeds in each fiscal year, that specifies the conditions for the use of the grant proceeds, including reporting and auditing requirements.
Dane County agrees to submit an itemized accounting, verified on oath, to the department within 30 days after the last day of the fiscal year in which Dane County receives a grant, that states how the grant proceeds were used.
The department may not make a grant under sub. (1)
after June 30, 2014.
History: 1993 a. 16
; 2005 a. 25
World dairy expo. 93.30(1)(1)
The secretary shall approve any plans for the expenditure of appropriations under s. 20.115 (4) (e)
to the World Dairy Expo, Inc., for activities that expand business opportunities for the persons of the dairy industry that are located in this state. Of the amounts appropriated under s. 20.115 (4) (e)
, $33,250 in each fiscal year may be expended only to the extent that a county, city, village, or town pays to World Dairy Expo, Inc., an amount that is not less than 50% of the department's payment.
Any moneys received by World Dairy Expo, Inc., under this section shall be used only for the purposes described in sub. (1)
Not later than 30 days after the close of the exposition each year World Dairy Expo, Inc., shall file with the department, on forms provided by it, an itemized account verified on oath, showing amounts actually paid or to be paid. The verified account shall correspond with the plans approved by the secretary under sub. (1)
. On or before December 31 of the year in which the exposition is held, World Dairy Expo, Inc., shall furnish the department with a statement of receipts and disbursements, attendance, and such other information relating to the exposition as the department may require. Upon receipt of such statement the department shall pay World Dairy Expo, Inc., the aid due for the preceding year.
History: 1973 c. 333
; 1975 c. 394
; Stats. 1975 s. 93.30; 1989 a. 31
; 2001 a. 103
Livestock breeders association.
The secretary of the Wisconsin livestock breeders association shall on and after July 1 of each year make a report to the department, signed by the president, treasurer, and secretary of the association, setting forth in detail the receipts and disbursements of the association for the preceding fiscal year in such form and detail together with such other information as the department may require. On receipt of such reports, if the department is satisfied that the business of the association has been efficiently conducted during the preceding fiscal year and in the interest of and for the promotion of the special agricultural interests of the state and for the purpose for which the association was organized and if the final statement shows that all the receipts together with the state aid have been accounted for and disbursed for the proper and necessary purposes of the association, and in accordance with the laws of the state, then the department shall file a certificate with the secretary of administration and he or she shall pay to the treasurer of the association the amount of the appropriations made available for the association by s. 20.115 (4) (a)
for the conduct of junior livestock shows and other livestock educational programs. The association may upon application to the state purchasing agent, upon such terms as he or she may require, obtain printing for the association under the state contract.
Agriculture in the classroom program.
From the appropriation account under s. 20.115 (4) (q)
, the department shall provide grants to the organization that conducts an agriculture in the classroom program in cooperation with the federal department of agriculture to help teachers educate students about agriculture.
History: 2001 a. 16
Agricultural education and workforce development council. 93.33(1)(1)
In this section, "council" means the agricultural education and workforce development council.
The council shall seek to do all of the following:
Increase the hiring and retention of well-qualified employees in industries related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
Promote the coordination of educational systems to develop, train, and retrain employees for current and future careers related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
Develop support for employment in fields related to agriculture, food, and natural resources.
Recommend policies and other changes to improve the efficiency of the development and provision of agricultural education across educational systems.
The council shall seek to accomplish the purposes under par. (a)
by advising state agencies on matters related to integrating agricultural education and workforce development systems, including all of the following:
The exchange of information related to educational and workforce development needs.
The council shall identify criteria for evaluating the success of its activities, shall evaluate the success of its activities using those criteria, and shall annually report the results of the evaluation in the report under sub. (5)
The council shall create an executive committee that includes the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection or his or her designee and the state superintendent of public instruction or his or her designee. The council shall select members of the executive committee so that fewer than half of the members of the executive committee are state employees. The executive committee shall provide guidance to the council and to staff that support the functions of the council. The executive committee shall meet between meetings of the council.
The executive committee may create other committees to assist the council in its work. The committee members may include members of the council, employees of the agencies and educational institutions with members on the council, employees of other state agencies, representatives of organizations, and others. The council and the executive committee shall consider the need for committees on the subjects within the scope of the council's functions under sub. (2)
and other subjects determined to be appropriate by the council and the executive committee. A committee shall annually provide a written summary of its meetings and activities to the executive committee for review and inclusion in the report under sub. (5)
The department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, the department of public instruction, the department of workforce development, the department of natural resources, the technical college system, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the College of Business, Industry, Life Science, and Agriculture of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the College of Natural Resources of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point may assist the council in performing its functions.
The council shall meet at least annually and may meet at other times on the call of at least 6 members or on the call of the executive committee. Section 15.09 (3)
does not apply to the council.
The department of public instruction shall annually prepare a review of agricultural education programs in primary and secondary schools.
The technical college system shall annually prepare a review of agricultural education programs in technical colleges.
Each of the individuals specified in s. 15.137 (2) (a) 8.
and the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, jointly or individually, shall annually prepare a review of agricultural education programs in the University of Wisconsin System, with input from or review by the University of Wisconsin System administration.
(5) Annual report.
In September of each year, the council shall submit a report to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature as determined by the speaker of the assembly and the president of the senate, under s. 13.172 (3)
, the governor, the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection, the state superintendent of public instruction, the secretary of workforce development, the secretary of natural resources, the chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, the director of the technical college system, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The council shall include all of the following in the report:
A summary of the activities of the council during the fiscal year ending on the preceding June 30.
The council's reaction to the reviews prepared under sub. (4s)
A list of current and anticipated challenges related to agricultural education.
Recommendations of the council, including any recommendations related to the structure of the council or the termination of the council.
Dissents of any council member related to the activities and recommendations of the council.
History: 2007 a. 223
; 2011 a. 32
Weather modification. 93.35(1)
In this section:
"Operation" means the performance of any weather modification activity undertaken for the purpose of producing or attempting to produce any form of modifying effect upon the weather within a specified geographical area over a specified time interval.
"Weather modification" means any activity performed with the intention of producing artificial changes in the composition, motions and resulting behavior of the atmosphere.
(2) Weather modification license and permit required.
No person may engage in weather modification activities without obtaining a professional weather modification license under sub. (4)
and a weather modification operational permit under sub. (6)
A person may engage in the following activities without obtaining a license and permit under this section:
Activities for protection against fire, frost or fog.
Activities normally conducted for purposes other than inducing, increasing, decreasing or preventing hail, precipitation or tornadoes.
The department may, by rule, exempt any other activities under this subsection deemed necessary.
Activities exempted under this subsection shall be conducted so as not to interfere with authorized weather modification operations.
(4) Professional weather modification license; fees. 93.35(4)(a)(a)
The department shall prescribe by rule, the procedure and criteria for issuance of professional weather modification licenses under this section. The criteria shall be consistent with qualifications recognized by national or international professional and scientific associations concerned with weather modification and meteorology and shall carry out the purposes of this section.
A person may obtain a license under this subsection by demonstrating to the satisfaction of the department, competence necessary to engage in weather modification operations and payment of $100 for an annual license which expires on October 31 of each year. Renewal licenses are $20 annually. A renewal license shall be issued in the same manner as an initial license.
(5) License suspension; revocation; nonrenewal.
The department may suspend, revoke or refuse to renew a license for any of the following reasons:
False or fraudulent representation in obtaining a permit.