7 U.S. Code § 2617 - Required terms and conditions of plans

Any plan issued pursuant to this chapter shall contain the following terms and conditions:
(a) National Potato Promotion Board; establishment; powers and duties
Providing for the establishment by the Secretary of a National Potato Promotion Board (hereinafter referred to as “the board”) and for defining its powers and duties, which shall include powers—
(1) to administer such plan in accordance with its terms and conditions;
(2) to make rules and regulations to effectuate the terms and conditions of such plan;
(3) to receive, investigate, and report to the Secretary complaints of violations of such plan; and
(4) to recommend to the Secretary amendments to such plan.
(b) Membership of board
Providing that the board shall be composed of representatives of producers and the public appointed by the Secretary from nominations submitted in accordance with this subsection. If importers are subject to a plan, the board shall also include up to 5 representatives of importers, appointed by the Secretary from nominations submitted by importers in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary. Representatives of producers shall be nominated by producers in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary. Public representatives shall be nominated by the board in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary. If producers or importers fail to select nominees for appointment to the board, or the board fails to nominate public representatives, the Secretary may appoint persons on the basis of representation as provided for in such plan. The requirement for inclusion of public representatives on the board shall not be subject to producer approval, or to importer approval when importers are subject to a plan, in a referendum.
(c) Compensation and expenses of board members
Providing that board members shall serve without compensation, but shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in performing their duties as members of the board.
(d) Budget; preparation and submission
Providing that the board shall prepare and submit to the Secretary for his approval a budget, on a fiscal period basis, of its anticipated expenses and disbursements in the administration of the plan, including probable costs of research, development, advertising, and promotion.
(e) Assessment rate per poundage handled; limitation
Providing that the board shall recommend to the Secretary and the Secretary shall fix the assessment rate at not more than 2 cents per one hundred pounds of potatoes handled; except that if approved by producers, and importers when importers are subject to a plan, pursuant to section 2623 of this title, the rate of assessment shall not exceed one-half of 1 per centum of the immediate past ten-calendar-year United States average price received for potatoes by growers as reported by the Department of Agriculture.
(f) Restrictions
Providing that—
(1) funds collected by the board shall be used for research, development, advertising, or promotion of potatoes and potato products and such other expenses for the administration, maintenance, and functioning of the board, as may be authorized by the Secretary, including any referendum and administrative costs incurred by the Department of Agriculture under this chapter: Provided, That the provision for payment to the Department of Agriculture for any referendum and administrative costs so incurred shall not be subject to producer approval, or importer approval when importers are subject to a plan, in a referendum;
(2) no advertising or sales promotion program shall make any reference to private brand names or use false or unwarranted claims in behalf of potatoes or their products or false or unwarranted statements with respect to the attributes or use of any competing products; and
(3) no funds collected by the board shall in any manner be used for the purpose of influencing governmental policy or action, except as provided by subsection (a)(4) of this section.
(g) Research, development, advertising or promotion programs or projects; development and submission by board; approval by Secretary
Providing that the board shall, subject to the provisions of subsections (e) and (f) of this section, develop and submit to the Secretary for his approval any research, development, advertising or promotion programs or projects, and that any such program or project must be approved by the Secretary before becoming effective.
(h) Contract authority of board; funds for payment of cost
Providing the board with authority to enter into contracts or agreements, with the approval of the Secretary, for the development and carrying out of research, development, advertising or promotion programs or projects, and the payment of the cost thereof with funds collected pursuant to this chapter.
(i) Recordkeeping; reports for accounting: receipts and disbursements; audit report
Providing that the board shall maintain books and records and prepare and submit to the Secretary such reports from time to time as may be prescribed for appropriate accounting with respect to the receipt and disbursement of funds entrusted to it and cause a complete audit report to be submitted to the Secretary at the end of each fiscal period.

Source

(Pub. L. 91–670, title III, § 308,Jan. 11, 1971, 84 Stat. 2042; Pub. L. 97–244, § 2,Aug. 26, 1982, 96 Stat. 310; Pub. L. 98–171, § 2(a),Nov. 29, 1983, 97 Stat. 1117; Pub. L. 101–624, title XIX, § 1940,Nov. 28, 1990, 104 Stat. 3866.)
Amendments

1990—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 101–624, § 1940(1), inserted after first sentence “If importers are subject to a plan, the board shall also include up to 5 representatives of importers, appointed by the Secretary from nominations submitted by importers in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary.”, inserted “or importers” after “If producers”, and inserted “, or to importer approval when importers are subject to a plan,” after “approval” in last sentence.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 101–624, § 1940(2), substituted “2 cents” for “one cent” and inserted “, and importers when importers are subject to a plan,” after “producers”.
Subsec. (f)(1). Pub. L. 101–624, § 1940(3), inserted “, or importer approval when importers are subject to a plan,” after “producer approval” in proviso.
Subsecs. (g) to (j). Pub. L. 101–624, § 1940(4), redesignatedsubsecs. (h) to (j) as (g) to (i), respectively, and struck out former subsec. (g) which read as follows: “Providing that, notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter, any potato producer against whose potatoes any assessment is made and collected under authority of this chapter and who is not in favor of supporting the research and promotion program as provided for under this chapter shall have the right to demand and receive from the board a refund of such assessment: Provided, That such demand shall be made personally by such producer in accordance with regulations and on a form and within a time period prescribed by the board and approved by the Secretary, but in no event less than ninety days, and upon submission of proof satisfactory to the board that the producer paid the assessment for which refund is sought, and any such refund shall be made within sixty days after demand therefor.”
1983—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 98–171, § 2(a)(1), inserted “The requirement for inclusion of public representatives on the board shall not be subject to producer approval in a referendum.”
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 98–171, § 2(a)(2), amended subsec. (e) generally, substituting requirement that the Secretary fix “the assessment rate at not more than one cent per one hundred pounds of potatoes handled” for “the assessment rate required for such costs as may be incurred under subsection (d) of this section, including any referendum and administrative costs estimated to be incurred by the United States Department of Agriculture under this chapter” and provision “except that if approved by producers pursuant to section 2623 of this title, the rate of assessment shall not exceed” for “Provided, That the rate of assessment for fiscal year 1982 and each fiscal year thereafter shall not exceed”.
Subsec. (f)(1). Pub. L. 98–171, § 2(a)(3), inserted “Provided, That the provision for payment to the Department of Agriculture for any referendum and administrative costs so incurred shall not be subject to producer approval in a referendum”.
1982—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 97–244, § 2(1), substituted provisions that the board be composed of representatives of producers and the public appointed by the Secretary from nominations submitted in accordance with this subsection, that representatives of producers be nominated by producers in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary, that public representatives be nominated by the board in such manner as may be prescribed by the Secretary, and that, if producers fail to select nominees for appointment to the board or the board fails to nominate public representatives, the Secretary may appoint persons on the basis of representation as provided for in such plan for provisions that the board could be composed of representatives of producers selected by the Secretary from nominations made by producers in such manner as might be prescribed by the Secretary and that, in the event producers failed to select nominees for appointment to the board, the Secretary was to appoint producers on the basis of representation provided for in such plan.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 97–244, § 2(2), substituted provisions that the assessment rate include any referendum and administrative costs estimated to be incurred by the Department of Agriculture under this chapter, but that the assessment rate for fiscal year 1982 and each fiscal year thereafter not exceed one-half of 1 per centum of the immediate past ten calendar year United States average price received for potatoes by growers as reported by the Department of Agriculture, for provisions that the assessment rate could not exceed 1 cent per hundred pounds of potatoes handled.
Subsec. (f)(1). Pub. L. 97–244, § 2(3), substituted “as may be authorized by the Secretary, including any referendum and administrative costs incurred by the Department of Agriculture under this chapter” for “as may be authorized by the Secretary”.

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