2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 126. Agricultural producer security.
126.58 Vegetable contractors; financial statements.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 126.58 (2017)

126.58 Vegetable contractors; financial statements.

(1)Required annual financial statement.

(a) Except as provided in par. (c), a vegetable contractor shall file an annual financial statement with the department, before the department first licenses the vegetable contractor under s. 126.56 (1), if the vegetable contractor reports more than $500,000 in contract obligations under s. 126.56 (9) (am).

(b) Except as provided in par. (c), a vegetable contractor licensed under s. 126.56 (1) shall file an annual financial statement with the department during each license year if the vegetable contractor's license application for that year reports more than $500,000 in contract obligations under s. 126.56 (9) (am). The vegetable contractor shall file the annual financial statement by the 15th day of the 4th month following the close of the vegetable contractor's fiscal year, except that the department may extend the filing deadline for up to 30 days if the vegetable contractor, or the accountant reviewing or auditing the financial statement, files a written extension request at least 10 days before the filing deadline.

(c) A vegetable contractor is not required to file a financial statement under par. (a) or (b) if any of the following applies:

1. The vegetable contractor pays cash on delivery under all vegetable procurement contracts.

2. The vegetable contractor is a producer-owned cooperative or unincorporated cooperative association that procures processing vegetables only from its producer owners.

3. The vegetable contractor is a processing potato buyer who has elected not to participate in the fund in accordance with s. 126.595 (1).

(2)Voluntary financial statement. A contributing vegetable contractor who is not required to file a financial statement under sub. (1) may file an annual financial statement with the department for any of the following reasons:

(a) To qualify for a lower fund assessment under s. 126.60.

(b) To avoid filing security under s. 126.61 (1) (b).

(3)Reviewed or audited financial statement. A vegetable contractor 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 amount that the vegetable contractor last reported under s. 126.56 (9) (am) is more than $7,500,000, the vegetable contractor shall file an audited financial statement.

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

(4m)Interim financial statement. The department may, at any time, require a vegetable contractor licensed under s. 126.56 (1) to file an interim financial statement with the department. The vegetable contractor shall provide, with the interim financial statement, the vegetable contractor's sworn and notarized statement that the financial statement is correct. An interim financial statement need not be a reviewed or audited financial statement.

(5)Generally accepted accounting principles.

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

(b) If a vegetable contractor is a sole proprietor and the vegetable contractor's financial statement is not audited, the vegetable contractor 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 vegetable contractor 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. If the vegetable contractor is a sole proprietor, the vegetable contractor shall file his or her business and personal financial statements.

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

(c) A vegetable contractor 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 vegetable contractor's current ratio, excluding any assets required to be excluded under sub. (7).

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

(7)Assets excluded. A vegetable contractor may not include any of the following assets in the calculations 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 vegetable contractor 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 filed under this section and may reject a financial statement that fails to comply with this section.

History: 2001 a. 16; 2005 a. 80, 441; 2009 a. 296.

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