Hearings; orders; service; procedure; revocation.
Exposition center grants.
Livestock breeders association.
Center for international agribusiness marketing.
Sustainable agriculture grant program.
Farms for the future; deposit of funds.
Farm mediation and arbitration program.
Chemical and container collection grants.
Computer system equipment, staff and services transfers.
The following terms, wherever used in chs. 93
or in any order, regulation or standard made thereunder, have the meaning here indicated, unless the context otherwise requires:
"Agriculture" includes aquaculture.
"Aquaculture" means the controlled cultivation of aquatic plants and animals.
"Business" includes any business, except that of banks, savings banks, savings and loan associations and insurance companies. "Business" includes public utilities and telecommunications carriers to the extent that their activities, beyond registration, notice and reporting activities, are not regulated by the public service commission and includes public utility and telecommunications carrier methods of competition or trade and advertising practices that are exempt from regulation by the public service commission under s. 196.195
or by other action of the commission.
"Cooperative association" includes cooperatives and foreign cooperatives as defined in s. 185.01
"Department" means the department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
"Documents" includes books, papers, accounts, records and correspondence.
"Farm products" includes all products of agriculture, horticulture, dairying, livestock, poultry and bee raising.
"Food products" includes all articles and commodities used for food, drink, confectionary or condiment.
"Grade" includes, in the case of food products or farm products, grade according to quality, quantity, type, variety, size, weight, dimensions or shape of the products, and, in the case of receptacles, grade according to quality, type, size, weight, content, dimensions, or shape of the receptacle.
"Marketing", as applied to food products or farm products, includes packing, storing, loading, offering or shipping to a point within the state, if any of these acts is for a commercial purpose, or selling.
"Marketing", as applied to receptacles, means using receptacles in marketing food products or farm products.
"Pests" include any living stage of insects, mites, nematodes, slugs, snails or other invertebrate animals injurious to plants, plant products, animals and humans; any bacteria, fungi, other parasitic plants or reproductive parts thereof, viruses, mycoplasma, protozoans or infectious substances which cause disease in or damage to plants or plant products; any host upon which a plant pest is dependent for the completion of all or a portion of its life cycle; and any other living organism classified as a pest under s. 94.69 (1)
"Possession", as applied to receptacles, means possessing them in the course of possessing food products or farm products for commercial purposes.
"Possession", when used in ss. 93.09
, means possession after the product or receptacle is ready for marketing.
"Production" includes mining, manufacturing, agriculture, horticulture, dairying and livestock, poultry and bee raising.
"Products" include all articles and commodities in general use.
"Secretary" means the secretary of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
The secretary shall appoint all staff necessary for the carrying out of the duties of the department, all of whom shall be under the classified service except the deputy secretary, the executive assistant and, subject to s. 230.08 (4) (a)
, the administrators of divisions. Each such deputy secretary, executive assistant or administrator shall be appointed by the secretary with the approval of the board.
History: 1977 c. 418
Offices of department, hearings, investigations.
The principal office of the department shall be in Madison, but, with the approval of the governor, other offices may be maintained elsewhere in the state as may be necessary for the efficient functioning of the department. Hearings, investigations and meetings necessary to the carrying out of any of the duties of the department may be conducted anywhere within or without the state, as the department determines to be for the best interests of the state and the parties immediately concerned.
The department may:
Obtain and furnish:
Information relating to prices, profits and costs involved in the production or distribution of products and to the supply, demand, sales, purchases, deliveries, receipts, offers, acceptances, storage and commercial movement of products and to any other factors affecting the market value of products or market conditions.
Information regarding the sources of supply of products necessary for the people of the state and the location of markets for Wisconsin products.
Information relating to economy and efficiency in the distribution of products.
Information relating to the selection of proper shipping routes, adoption of advisable shipping methods, avoidance of delays incident to transportation and to other distribution problems connected with transportation.
Lists of persons engaged in the production or distribution of products.
Information regarding products and situations that are the subject of laws under its supervision.
Charge a fee to a person requesting information published under sub. (1)
, but the fee may not exceed the department's cost of publishing the requested information.
(1f) Animal health inspection and testing.
Perform animal health inspections and tests and examine animal health documentation at the state fair, the world dairy expo, inc., the world beef expo, the midwest horse show and other livestock exhibitions held in this state and attended by participants from outside of this state, as specified by the department by rule. The department may charge a fee to the sponsor of the exhibition to cover the reasonable costs of the department's inspection and testing services whether or not the sponsor requests the services. This subsection does not apply to county fairs or other local livestock exhibitions.
(1g) Interstate health certificates.
Furnish, to veterinarians in this state, forms to be used by them in issuing interstate health certificates or certificates of veterinary inspection. The department may charge a $2 fee for each form unless the department specifies a different fee by rule.
(1h) Animal health supplies.
Sell, at not more than its cost, animal identification tags to persons who are required or authorized to use those identification tags.
(1m) Service inspections of farm products.
Upon request or for grading or certification purposes, inspect animals, plants, farm products, food products and agricultural commodities, as defined in s. 96.01 (3)
. Inspection may include examination, diagnosis, sample collection and analysis, weighing and testing and the supervision of any of those activities. Facilities, equipment, vehicles and vessels used in the production, processing, storage or distribution of the animals, plants, farm products, food products or agricultural commodities may be inspected. Inspection and certification may be performed in cooperation with any federal agency. To enable any such inspection and certification service, the department may charge uniform fees and may bring an action to recover the fees, including reasonable costs of collection.
(1p) Service testing related to department programs.
Provide inspection services, diagnostic services and analytical or testing services upon request if the requested service is related to an authorized department program and serves program objectives. The department may charge a fee to cover its cost to provide the requested services.
(1q) Marketing services.
Provide marketing services upon request and charge a fee for those services, but the fee may not exceed the department's cost of providing those services.
(1r) Test, time or seal pasteurizers.
Upon request of a dairy plant operator or an applicant for a dairy plant license, test, time or seal pasteurizers. The department may charge a fee to cover its cost for the testing, timing or sealing service, regardless of whether the testing, timing or sealing is required by law.
(1s) Standard samples.
Provide standard samples representing product or commodity grades and charge a fee for the samples, but the fee may not exceed the department's cost of providing those services.
(1w) Review of dairy or food processing equipment and plans.
Upon request, review dairy or food processing equipment before its installation at, or review plans for the construction of, a dairy plant, as defined in s. 97.20 (1) (a)
, a dairy farm, as defined in s. 97.22 (1) (a)
, a food warehouse, as defined in s. 97.27 (1) (b)
, a food processing plant, as defined in s. 97.29 (1) (h)
, a retail food establishment, as defined in s. 97.30 (1) (c)
, or an establishment, as defined in s. 97.42 (1) (d)
. The department may charge a fee to cover its cost for providing such review service, regardless of whether the review is required by law.
(1z) Interest on overdue service fees.
Establish an interest rate for, and charge interest on, an overdue payment for fees for any service rendered under sub. (1m)
. The department may charge interest on an overdue payment beginning on the day after the payment due date that is stated on the fee invoice sent to a recipient of such service. The department shall state the interest rate charged for an overdue payment on the fee invoice, and may charge the recipient of the service not more than that rate on an overdue payment. An interest rate established under this subsection may not exceed the amount of the interest rate under s. 814.04 (4)
Prescribe a form of statement to be used at each regular payment date by every cheese factory, butter factory, condensary or milk receiving plant to any person from whom milk is purchased or received on a butterfat or cheese basis.
(3) Food or fuel scarcity.
With the consent of the governor, after public hearing, issue general or special orders to avert, relieve or terminate a scarcity of food products or fuel in this state.
(5) Public markets; cooperative associations. 93.06(5)(a)(a)
Give assistance in the organization, operation or reorganization of such public markets as are authorized by law, and of cooperative associations.
By general order, prescribe uniform systems of accounting for public markets or cooperative associations, and may, by general or special order, require any such market or cooperative association to render report, in form indicated by the department, to show the nature and volume of business, resources, liabilities, profits, losses and any other facts bearing upon the financial condition of the market or cooperative association.
By general or special order, require any cooperative association doing business in this state to file with the department a verified copy of its bylaws and of any exclusive contract of sale or agency between the association and its members or patrons.
Investigate the management of any such cooperative association, and may make the facts, relating to said management, available to the members of the association, when a request for such investigation has been filed with the department, signed by all the directors or by at least twenty per cent of the members (in the case of associations of less than five hundred members) and by at least one hundred members (in the case of associations of five hundred or more members). The department shall fix and collect a fee for such investigations, to be the actual cost thereof.
By general or special order, require any cooperative association doing business in this state or in the process of organization to file with the department a report of its promotion expenses.
Set aside a portion of its funds as a cooperative educational fund. The money so set aside shall be used to acquaint producers and consumers with the advantages to the general public of cooperative handling of farm and dairy products and for instruction and research to increase the efficiency of cooperative marketing associations.
(7) Deny, suspend or revoke licenses.
Deny, suspend or revoke any permit, certificate, registration or license if the applicant therefor or holder thereof is not fit, qualified or equipped or has violated or failed to obey any applicable law, order or regulation, or has misrepresented or intentionally failed to disclose a material fact in making the application. In determining whether any person is fit, qualified or equipped, the department shall consider, among other things, character and conduct, including past compliance or noncompliance with law. The department may follow the procedure provided for special orders in s. 93.18
, or the applicant or permit holder, certificate holder, registrant or licensee may, within 10 days after notice of denial, suspension or revocation, demand such procedure. Rehearing and judicial review shall be as provided in ch. 227
(8) Prescribe conditions of licenses.
Issue any permit, certificate, registration or license on a temporary or conditional basis, contingent upon pertinent circumstances or acts. If the temporary or conditional permit, certificate, registration or license is conditioned upon compliance with chs. 93
, ch. 127
, a rule promulgated by the department or a regulation adopted under s. 97.41 (7)
within a specified period of time and the condition is not met within the specified period, the permit, certificate, registration or license shall be void.
Collect, report and illustrate the results of investigations.
(10) Warning notices.
Dispose of minor violations of the laws under its supervision without prosecution by issuing written notice or warning whenever it appears that the public interest will be adequately protected.
(10m) Farmland preservation collections.
Enter into contracts to collect amounts owed to the state under ch. 91
as the result of the relinquishment of, or the release of land from, a farmland preservation agreement or as the result of the rezoning of land zoned for exclusive agricultural use.
Cooperate with, and enter into agreements with, political subdivisions of this state or any department or agency of this state, other states, or of the United States for the purpose of carrying out its functions, and securing uniformity of regulations. Agreements may authorize the agents and employes of such agencies to enforce the laws and regulations administered by this department. When so engaged, agents and employes of cooperating agencies shall have the same powers as employes of the department and shall act under the direction and control of the department.
Enter into cooperative agreements with other governmental departments and agencies of this state and the United States which authorize employes of the department to enforce the laws and regulations administered by such agencies which are directly related to the laws and regulations of this state administered by the department. Every such agreement may provide for reimbursement to this state for the cost of such enforcement activity.
It shall be the duty of the department:
To make and enforce such regulations, not inconsistent with law, as it may deem necessary for the exercise and discharge of all the powers and duties of the department, and to adopt such measures and make such regulations as are necessary and proper for the enforcement by the state of chs. 93
, which regulations shall have the force of law.
To prescribe forms for all applications, notices and reports required to be made to the department or which are necessary in its work.
(3) Promotion of agriculture.
To promote the interests of agriculture, dairying, horticulture, manufacturing, commercial fishing and the domestic arts and to advertise Wisconsin and its dairy, food and agricultural products by conducting campaigns of education throughout the United States and in foreign markets. Such campaigns shall include the distribution of educational and advertising material concerning Wisconsin and its plant, animal, food and dairy products. The department shall coordinate efforts by the state to advertise and promote agricultural products of this state, with the department of commerce where appropriate. The department shall submit its request and plan for market development program expenditures for each biennium with its biennial budget request. The plan shall include the identification and priority of expenditures for each market development program activity.
(4) State aid to livestock breeders association.
To receive and examine, prior to its transmission to the department of administration, the biennial request for state aid of the Wisconsin livestock breeders association; to transmit and make recommendations upon this request to the department of administration and the governor; and to advise as to the manner of expending and accounting for state moneys appropriated to that organization.
(5) Advice to university of Wisconsin system.
To give advice to the secretary of education as to the courses in agricultural economics to be given in the university of Wisconsin system.