Milk, grain, and vegetable producers are all protected against financial defaults by contractors who contribute to the overall Fund. The additional milk contractor deferred payment assessment could potentially benefit all producers by preserving the integrity of the Fund.
Reporting, Bookkeeping, and Other Procedures
The proposed emergency rule does not create new reporting, bookkeeping, or other procedures for small businesses.
Professional Skills Required
The proposed rule does not require any additional professional skills by small businesses.
Accommodation for Small Business
The program accommodates for small business by giving them options in payment that did not previously exist among milk contractors. The rule that implements the Act provides additional accommodations rather than restricts them.
This rule may have an impact on affected businesses, including “small businesses.” However, the impact is voluntary, triggered by a decision to offer deferred payment contracts to milk producers. There continues to be risk of a default in payments to dairy, grain, or vegetable producers. This emergency rule should neither increase nor decrease the likelihood of such a default. This rule will not have a significant adverse effect on “small business,” and is not subject to the delayed “small business” effective date provided in s. 227.22 (2) (e), Wis. Stats. In fact, Wisconsin Act 155 requires the rule to be implemented with minimal delay.
Dated this ______ day of ____________, 2018.
STATE OF WISCONSIN
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, TRADE AND CONSUMER PROTECTION
Sean M. Brown
Administrator, Division of Trade and Consumer Protection