2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 126. Agricultural producer security.
126.59 Contributing vegetable contractors; disqualification.

Universal Citation: WI Stat § 126.59 (2017)

126.59 Contributing vegetable contractors; disqualification.

(1)Contribution required. A vegetable contractor licensed under s. 126.56 (1) shall pay fund assessments under s. 126.60 unless one of the following applies:

(a) The vegetable contractor is disqualified under sub. (2).

(b) The vegetable contractor pays cash on delivery under all vegetable procurement contracts.

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

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

(1m)Voluntary contribution. A vegetable contractor who is exempt under sub. (1) (b) or (c) may volunteer to pay fund assessments under s. 126.60.

(2)Disqualified contractor.

(a) A vegetable contractor who is required to file security under s. 126.61 (1) (a) is disqualified from the fund until the department determines that one of the conditions in s. 126.61 (7) (a) 1. or 2. is satisfied.

(b) A vegetable contractor is disqualified from the fund if the department denies, suspends, or revokes the vegetable contractor's license.

(c) A vegetable contractor is disqualified from the fund, and required to pay cash on delivery under vegetable procurement contracts, if the department issues an order under s. 126.85 disqualifying the vegetable contractor from the fund.

(3)Payments by disqualified vegetable contractor.

(a) The department may not return, to a disqualified vegetable contractor, any fund assessments that the vegetable contractor paid as a contributing vegetable contractor.

(b) A disqualified vegetable contractor remains liable for any unpaid fund installment under s. 126.60 that became due while the vegetable contractor was a contributing vegetable contractor. A disqualified vegetable contractor is not liable for any fund installment that becomes due after the vegetable contractor is disqualified under sub. (2).

(4)Notice to producers. A vegetable contractor who is disqualified under sub. (2) (b) or (c) shall immediately give written notice of the disqualification to all vegetable producers and producer agents to whom the vegetable contractor has unpaid obligations under vegetable procurement contracts. The department may by rule or order specify the required form and content of the notice.

History: 2001 a. 16; 2003 a. 38; 2005 a. 80, 441; 2009 a. 296.

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