2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 126. Agricultural producer security.
126.28 Grain warehouse keepers; financial statements.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 126.28 (2017)

126.28 Grain warehouse keepers; financial statements.

(1)Required annual financial statement.

(a) A grain warehouse keeper shall file an annual financial statement with the department before the department first licenses the warehouse keeper under s. 126.26 (1), if the warehouse keeper operates grain warehouses with a combined capacity of more than 300,000 bushels.

(b) A grain warehouse keeper licensed under s. 126.26 (1) shall file an annual financial statement with the department during each license year if the grain warehouse keeper operates warehouses with a combined capacity of more than 300,000 bushels. The grain warehouse keeper shall file the annual financial statement by the 15th day of the 4th month following the close of the grain warehouse keeper's fiscal year, except that the department may extend the annual filing deadline for up to 30 days if the grain warehouse keeper, or the accountant reviewing or auditing the financial statement, files a written extension request at least 10 days before the filing deadline.

(2)Voluntary annual financial statement. A contributing grain warehouse keeper who is not required to file an annual financial statement under sub. (1) may file an annual financial statement with the department in order to qualify for a lower fund assessment under s. 126.30.

(3)Reviewed or audited financial statement. A grain warehouse keeper filing a financial statement under sub. (1) or (2) may file either a reviewed financial statement or an audited financial statement, except that if the grain warehouse keeper operates grain warehouses with a combined capacity of more than 1,500,000 bushels, the grain warehouse keeper shall file an audited financial statement.

(4)Accounting period. A grain warehouse keeper filing an annual financial statement under sub. (1) or (2) shall file a financial statement that covers the grain warehouse keeper's last completed fiscal year unless the grain warehouse keeper has been in business for less than one year.

(4m)Interim financial statement. The department may, at any time, require a grain warehouse keeper licensed under s. 126.26 (1) to file an interim financial statement with the department. The grain warehouse keeper shall provide, with the interim financial statement, the warehouse keeper's sworn and notarized statement that the financial statement is correct. An interim financial statement need not be a reviewed financial statement or an audited financial statement.

(5)Generally accepted accounting principles.

(a) Except as provided in par. (b), a grain warehouse keeper filing an annual financial statement under this section shall file a financial statement that is prepared according to generally accepted accounting principles.

(b) If a grain warehouse keeper is a sole proprietor and the grain warehouse keeper's financial statement is not audited, the grain warehouse keeper shall file a financial statement that is prepared on a historical cost basis.

(6)Financial statement contents.

(a) Except as provided in par. (b), a grain warehouse keeper filing a financial statement under this section shall file a financial statement that consists of a balance sheet, income statement, equity statement, statement of cash flows, notes to those statements, and any other information required by the department. A grain warehouse keeper who is a sole proprietor shall file his or her business and personal financial statements.

(b) If a grain warehouse keeper has been in business for less than one year, the grain warehouse keeper may file an annual financial statement under sub. (1) or (2) that consists of a balance sheet and notes.

(c) A grain warehouse keeper filing a financial statement under this section shall include in the financial statement, or in an attachment to the financial statement, calculations of all of the following:

1. The grain warehouse keeper's current ratio, excluding any assets required to be excluded under sub. (7).

2. The grain warehouse keeper's debt to equity ratio, excluding any assets required to be excluded under sub. (7).

(7)Assets excluded. A grain warehouse keeper may not include any of the following assets in calculating the ratios under sub. (6) (c), unless the department specifically approves their inclusion:

(a) A nontrade note or account receivable from an officer, director, employee, partner, or stockholder, or from a member of the family of any of those individuals, unless the note or account receivable is secured by a first priority security interest in real or personal property.

(b) A note or account receivable from a parent organization, a subsidiary, or an affiliate other than an employee.

(c) A note or account that has been receivable for more than one year, unless the grain warehouse keeper has established an equal offsetting reserve for uncollectible notes and accounts receivable.

(9)Entity covered. A person filing a financial statement under this section may not file, in lieu of that person's financial statement, the financial statement of the person's parent organization, subsidiary, predecessor, or successor.

(10)Department review. The department may analyze a financial statement submitted under this section and may reject a financial statement that fails to comply with this section.

History: 2001 a. 16; 2009 a. 296.

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