2017 Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations
Chapter 126. Agricultural producer security.
126.85 Remedial orders.
126.85 Remedial orders.
(1) General. The department may, by special order, require a contractor to remedy a violation of this chapter, a rule promulgated under this chapter, or a condition imposed under s. 126.86 (1). The department may order the contractor to take specific remedial actions, including actions to remedy deficiencies or to prevent losses to persons protected under this chapter. In an order under this subsection, the department may disqualify the contractor from the fund pending compliance with the order. Except as provided in sub. (2), the department shall give the contractor notice and an opportunity for hearing before the department issues an order.
(2) Summary order. The department may issue an order under sub. (1) without prior notice or hearing if the department finds that the order is necessary to prevent a clear and imminent threat of harm to persons protected under this chapter. Conditions indicating a clear and imminent threat of harm include the following:
(a) A contractor fails to pay producers according to this chapter or according to the contractor's contracts with producers.
(b) A contractor fails to file replacement insurance within the time required under this chapter.
(c) A contractor fails to file security according to this chapter, or in response to the department's demand under this chapter.
(d) A contractor fails to pay a fund assessment when due.
(e) A vegetable contractor fails to pay vegetable producers by January 31 for vegetables delivered by December 31 of the previous year, except as authorized in a deferred payment contract.
(f) A grain warehouse keeper fails to return grain to depositors upon demand, as required under s. 126.34 (4).
(g) A grain warehouse keeper fails to maintain adequate grain inventory as required under s. 126.34 (3), and at least one of the following applies:
1. The amount of the deficiency exceeds 10,000 bushels or 10 percent of the grain warehouse keeper's obligations to depositors, whichever amount is less.
2. The grain warehouse keeper fails to correct the deficiency within 15 days after receiving the department's written notice that a deficiency exists.
(h) A contractor fails to file a financial statement with the department by the time or in the form required under this chapter.
(i) A contractor fails to pay an amount owed under s. 126.73 within 60 days after the contractor receives a written demand for payment from the department or other person to whom payment is due under s. 126.73.
(3) Hearing on summary order.
(a) A contractor named in a summary order under sub. (2) may, within 10 days after receiving the order, request a hearing on the order. The department shall hold an informal hearing as soon as possible after receiving a hearing request, but not later than 10 days after receiving the hearing request, unless the contractor waives the informal hearing or agrees to hold it at a later date. If the matter is not resolved at the informal hearing, the department shall hold a contested case hearing under ch. 227 as soon as reasonably possible.
(b) A hearing request under par. (a) does not automatically stay a summary order. The department may stay a summary order pending hearing.