2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 126. Agricultural producer security.
126.41 Milk contractors; licensing.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 126.41 (2017)

126.41 Milk contractors; licensing.

(1)Annual license.

(a) No milk contractor may do any of the following without a current annual license from the department:

1. Receive producer milk in this state.

2. Collect producer milk from a dairy farm in another state for direct shipment to a dairy plant that the milk contractor operates in this state.

3. Acquire the right to market, as a producer agent, producer milk produced in this state.

(b) A milk contractor who is not engaged in any activities under par. (a) may volunteer to be licensed if the milk contractor receives, outside this state, direct shipments of producer milk from dairy farms in this state.

(c) The department shall issue annual milk contractor licenses under pars. (a) and (b). A license expires on the April 30 following its issuance. No person may transfer or assign a license issued under par. (a) or (b).

(2)License application. A milk contractor shall apply for a license under sub. (1) in writing, on a form provided by the department. An applicant shall provide all of the following:

(a) The applicant's legal name and any trade name under which the applicant proposes to operate as a milk contractor. If the milk contractor is a dairy plant operator licensed under s. 97.20, the milk contractor shall use the same legal name in both license applications.

(b) A statement of whether the applicant is an individual, a corporation, partnership, cooperative, unincorporated cooperative association, limited liability company, trust, or other legal entity. If the applicant is a corporation, a cooperative, or an association, the applicant shall identify each officer of the corporation or cooperative. If the applicant is a partnership, the applicant shall identify each partner.

(c) The mailing address of the applicant's primary business location and the name of a responsible individual who may be contacted at that location.

(d) The street address of each business location from which the applicant will operate under the license and the name of a responsible person who may be contacted at each location that is staffed.

(e) All license fees and surcharges required under sub. (3).

(f) The sworn and notarized statement required under sub. (6).

(g) A financial statement if required under s. 126.44 (1) and not yet filed.

(h) Other relevant information required by the department.

(3)Annual license fees and surcharges. A milk contractor applying for an annual license under sub. (1) shall include the following fees and surcharges with the license application, unless the department specifies a different fee or surcharge amount by rule:

(a) A nonrefundable basic license fee of $25.

(b) A license surcharge of $500 if the department determines that, within 365 days before submitting the license application, the applicant operated without a license in violation of sub. (1). The applicant shall also pay any license fees, license surcharges, and fund assessments that are still due for any license year in which the applicant violated sub. (1).

(c) A license surcharge of $100 if during the preceding 12 months the applicant failed to file an annual financial statement required under s. 126.44 (1) (b) by the applicable deadline.

(d) A license surcharge of $100 if a renewal applicant fails to renew a license by the license expiration date of April 30.

(3m)Effect of payment of surcharge. Payment under sub. (3) (b) does not relieve the applicant of any other civil or criminal liability that results from the violation of sub. (1), but does not constitute evidence of any law violation.

(4)Fee statement. The department shall provide, with each license application form, a written statement of all license fees and surcharges required under sub. (3).

(5)No license without full payment. The department may not issue a license under sub. (1) until the applicant pays all license fees and surcharges identified in the department's statement under sub. (4). The department shall refund a fee or surcharge paid under protest if upon review the department determines that the fee or surcharge is not applicable.

(6)Sworn and notarized statement. As part of a license application under sub. (2), an applicant shall provide a sworn and notarized statement, signed by the applicant or an authorized officer of the applicant, that reports all of the following information:

(a) The total milk payroll obligations that the applicant incurred during the applicant's last completed fiscal year, less the total amount reported under par. (br) 3., if any. If the applicant has not yet operated as a milk contractor in this state, the applicant shall estimate the total milk payroll obligations that the applicant will incur during the applicant's first complete fiscal year, less the total amount reported under par. (br) 3., if any.

(b) Either of the following amounts:

1. The highest amount of unpaid milk payroll obligations that the applicant had at any time during the applicant's last completed fiscal year.

2. The highest amount of milk payroll obligations that the applicant incurred in any single month during the applicant's last completed fiscal year.

(bg) The total amount in hundredweight of producer milk that the applicant procured in this state during the applicant's last completed fiscal year, less the total amount reported under par. (br) 2., if any. If the applicant has not yet operated as a milk contractor in this state, the applicant shall estimate the total amount in hundredweight of producer milk that the applicant will procure in this state during the applicant's first complete fiscal year, less the total amount reported under par. (br) 2., if any.

(br) All of the following information related to each milk producer or producer agent that under s. 126.70 (1) (b) has permanently waived eligibility to file a default claim against the applicant:

1. A copy of the written waiver that the milk producer or producer agent filed under s. 126.70 (1) (c).

2. The total amount in hundredweight of producer milk that the applicant procured in this state from that milk producer or producer agent during the applicant's last completed fiscal year. If the applicant has not yet operated as a milk contractor in this state, the applicant shall estimate the total amount in hundredweight of producer milk that the applicant will procure in this state from that milk producer or producer agent during the applicant's first complete fiscal year.

3. The total milk payroll obligations that the applicant incurred during the applicant's last completed fiscal year for producer milk that the applicant procured from that milk producer or producer agent. If the applicant has not yet operated as a milk contractor in this state, the applicant shall estimate the total milk payroll obligations that the applicant will incur during the applicant's first complete fiscal year for producer milk that the applicant will procure from that milk producer or producer agent.

(c) The identity of any producer agents from whom the milk contractor procures producer milk.

(d) Other relevant information required by the department.

(7)Action granting or denying application. The department shall grant or deny a license application under sub. (2) within 30 days after the department receives a complete application. If the department denies a license application, the department shall give the applicant written notice stating the reasons for the denial.

(8)License displayed. A milk contractor licensed under sub. (1) shall prominently display a true copy of that license at each business location from which the milk contractor operates in this state.

(9) A milk contractor who files and maintains security under s. 126.47 shall provide a monthly report to the department containing either of the following:

(a) The highest amount of the milk contractor's unpaid milk payroll obligations at any time during the preceding month.

(b) The total amount of milk payroll obligations that the milk contractor incurred during the preceding month.

History: 2001 a. 16; 2005 a. 441; 2009 a. 296.

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