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IC 15-18-5
     Chapter 5. Indiana Dairy Industry Development

IC 15-18-5-1
"Board"
    
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "board" refers to the Indiana dairy industry development board established by section 9 of this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-2
"Commercial use"
    
Sec. 2. As used in this chapter, "commercial use" means sale for:
        (1) retail consumption;
        (2) resale; or
        (3) processing for resale.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-3
"Director"
    
Sec. 3. As used in this chapter, "director" refers to the director of the Indiana state department of agriculture or the director's designee.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.120-2008, SEC.86.

IC 15-18-5-4
"Milk"
    
Sec. 4. As used in this chapter, "milk" means any class of milk produced by dairy cows in Indiana.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-5
"Person"
    
Sec. 5. As used in this chapter, "person" means an individual, a partnership, a limited liability company, a public or private corporation, a political subdivision (as defined in IC 36-1-2-13), a cooperative, a society, an association, or a fiduciary.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-6
"Producer"
    
Sec. 6. As used in this chapter, "producer" means a person engaged in the production of milk in Indiana for commercial use, including a producer-processor.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-7
"Producer-processor"
    
Sec. 7. As used in this chapter, "producer-processor" means a producer who processes and markets the producer's own milk.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.


IC 15-18-5-8
"Qualified program"
    
Sec. 8. As used in this chapter, "qualified program" means a state or regional dairy product promotion, research, or nutrition education program that:
        (1) is certified under 7 CFR 1150.153, as amended; and
        (2) meets the following requirements:
            (A) Conducts activities (as defined in 7 CFR 1150.114, 7 CFR 1150.115, and 7 CFR 1150.116) intended to increase consumption of milk and dairy products.
            (B) Is financed primarily by producers, either individually or through cooperative associations.
            (C) Does not use a private brand or trade name in advertising and promotion of dairy products unless the national dairy promotion and research board established under 7 CFR 1150.131 and the United States Secretary of Agriculture concur that the requirement should not apply.
            (D) Certifies to the United States Secretary of Agriculture that a request from a producer for a refund under the program will be honored by forwarding the part of the refund equal to the amount of credit that otherwise would be applicable to the program under 7 CFR 1150.152(c) to either the national dairy promotion and research board or a qualified program designated by the producer.
            (E) Does not use program funds to influence governmental policy or action.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-9
Indiana dairy industry development board created as a body corporate and politic
    
Sec. 9. (a) The Indiana dairy industry development board is established. The board is a public body corporate and politic and, though it is separate from the state, the exercise by the board of its powers constitutes an essential governmental function.
    (b) The board consists of:
        (1) at least nine (9); and
        (2) not more than twenty-five (25);
voting members appointed under section 12 of this chapter.
    (c) Each voting member of the board must:
        (1) be a resident of Indiana;
        (2) be at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
        (3) have been actually engaged in the production of milk in Indiana for at least one (1) year; and
        (4) derive a substantial part of the member's income from the production of milk in Indiana.
    (d) The board may appoint individuals who hold offices of importance to the milk industry or have special expertise concerning the industry to participate in the work of the board as nonvoting members. Not more than five (5) individuals may be appointed under

this subsection.
    (e) The director may participate in the activities of the board as an ex officio member.
    (f) An Indiana dairy farmer selected to serve on the national dairy board shall be a nonvoting, advisory member of the board.
    (g) Fewer than fifty percent (50%) of the board members, including nonvoting members, may be members of Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Inc.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-10
Determination of percentages of milk marketings produced
    
Sec. 10. (a) Before March 31 of each year, the board shall:
        (1) determine:
            (A) the percentage of the state's milk marketings produced by each producer registered with the state board of animal health or the United States Department of Agriculture; and
            (B) the number of representatives, if any, each producer is entitled to have on the board based on funds retained in Indiana; and
        (2) inform each producer described in subdivision (1)(A) of the determinations made under subdivision (1).
    (b) The board shall make the determinations required under this section based upon:
        (1) year end milk marketing figures from:
            (A) the United States Department of Agriculture; or
            (B) any other source the board considers reliable; and
        (2) the formula prescribed under section 12 of this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-11
Nominations to board
    
Sec. 11. (a) Not later than thirty (30) days after receiving a notice from the board under section 10 of this chapter, a producer or group of producers entitled to representation on the board may submit nominations to the board for board members.
    (b) A producer or group of producers may submit two (2) nominations for each board member to which the producer or group of producers is entitled.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-12
Appointments to board
    
Sec. 12. (a) The board shall appoint from among the nominations made under section 11 of this chapter one (1) board member to represent each:
        (1) producer who represents at least three percent (3%) of the state's participating milk marketings; and
        (2) group of producers that:
            (A) collectively represents at least three percent (3%) of the

state's participating milk marketings; and
            (B) notifies the board that the producers desire to be considered collectively for purposes of representation on the board.
    (b) In addition to the members appointed under subsection (a), the board shall appoint one (1) board member to represent a producer or group of producers described in subsection (a)(2) for each additional ten percent (10%) of the state's participating milk marketings exceeding three percent (3%) that the producer or group of producers represents. Not more than four (4) board members may represent any producer or group of producers.
    (c) The board shall make the appointments required under this section not later than thirty (30) days after the close of the period for submission of nominations under section 11 of this chapter.
    (d) An appointment made by the board under this section may not result in a producer or group of producers having two (2) members on the board at the same time that represent the same share of the state's participating milk marketings.
    (e) If a producer or group of producers entitled to representation on the board fails to submit a nomination, the board may appoint any individual who meets the requirements of section 9(c) of this chapter to represent the producer or group of producers.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-13
Terms of board members
    
Sec. 13. (a) The term of office of a board member is three (3) years.
    (b) A member continues in office until a successor who meets the qualifications set forth in section 9(c) of this chapter is elected.
    (c) A member may not serve for more than a total of three (3) terms.
    (d) If, upon expiration of the term of a board member, the producer or group of producers that nominated the member no longer represents the percentage of the state's milk marketings required under section 12 of this chapter, a person may not be appointed to replace the board member.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-14
Traveling expenses
    
Sec. 14. (a) As used in this section, "maximum daily amount" refers to the maximum daily amount allowable to employees of the executive branch of the federal government for subsistence expenses while away from home in travel status.
    (b) Each member of the board who is not a state employee is entitled to a business per diem determined by the board.
    (c) Each member of the board is also entitled to either:
        (1) a per diem to cover travel and other expenses incurred in connection with the member's duties; or


        (2) reimbursement for traveling expenses and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties;
as determined by the board.
    (d) The business per diem allowance may not exceed the maximum daily amount allowable in the particular location where the member's duties are being performed. A mileage rate established by the board may not exceed the standard mileage rates for personally owned transportation equipment established by the United States Internal Revenue Service for each mile necessarily traveled from the member's usual place of residence to the particular location where the member's duties are being performed.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-15
Vacancies on board
    
Sec. 15. (a) A member's term of office terminates and the member's office becomes vacant if the member:
        (1) dies;
        (2) becomes disabled;
        (3) resigns; or
        (4) ceases to meet at least one (1) of the qualifications set forth in section 9(c) of this chapter.
    (b) If a board member's office becomes vacant before expiration of the member's term of office, the board shall:
        (1) certify to the producer or group of producers who nominated the member that the vacancy exists; and
        (2) request nominations in accordance with section 11 of this chapter to fill the vacancy.
    (c) The board shall appoint one (1) of the individuals nominated under subsection (b).
    (d) An individual appointed under this section shall serve for the remainder of the unexpired term.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-16
Duties of the board
    
Sec. 16. The board shall do the following:
        (1) Elect from among the board's members a chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer, and other officers the board considers necessary.
        (2) Employ personnel and contract for services that are necessary for the proper implementation of this chapter.
        (3) Establish accounts in adequately protected financial institutions to receive, hold, and disburse funds accumulated under this chapter.
        (4) Bond the treasurer and other persons as necessary to ensure adequate protection of funds received and administered by the board.
        (5) Authorize the expenditure of funds and the contracting of expenditures to conduct proper activities under this chapter.


        (6) Annually establish priorities and prepare and approve a budget consistent with the estimated resources of the board and the scope of this chapter.
        (7) Provide for an independent audit, provide the results of the audit to the state board of accounts and the Indiana state department of agriculture, and make the results of the audit available to all interested persons.
        (8) Procure and evaluate data and information necessary for the proper implementation of this chapter.
        (9) Formulate and execute assessment procedures and methods of collection.
        (10) Establish procedures to annually inform all producers regarding board members, policy, expenditures, and programs for the preceding year.
        (11) Receive and investigate, or cause to be investigated, complaints and violations of this chapter and take necessary action within its authority.
        (12) Take any other action necessary for the proper implementation of this chapter, including the adoption of rules under IC 4-22-2.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9. Amended by P.L.120-2008, SEC.87.

IC 15-18-5-17
Meetings of board
    
Sec. 17. (a) The board shall meet at least once every six (6) months.
    (b) The board shall meet at a date, time, and place fixed by the board.
    (c) The chairperson:
        (1) may call a special meeting; and
        (2) shall call a special meeting upon the request of at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the members of the board.
    (d) Written notice of the date, time, and place of all meetings shall be mailed in advance to each board member.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-18
Quorum
    
Sec. 18. (a) A majority of voting members appointed to the board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.
    (b) The affirmative vote of a majority of all members appointed to the board is necessary for the action of the board.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-19
Review of expenditures
    
Sec. 19. At each regular meeting, the board shall review all expenditures made since the board's last regular meeting.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.


IC 15-18-5-20
Minutes of meetings and other records
    
Sec. 20. (a) The board shall keep:
        (1) minutes of the board's meetings; and
        (2) other books and records that clearly reflect all the acts and transactions of the board.
    (b) The records of the board required to be kept under subsection (a) shall be open to examination during normal business hours.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-21
Office space; administrative expenses
    
Sec. 21. (a) The board may contract for the necessary office space, furniture, stationery, printing, and personnel services useful or necessary for the administration of this chapter.
    (b) The total administrative costs and expenses of the board may not exceed five percent (5%) of the annual assessments collected under this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-22
Liabilities of board; personal liability of members and employees
    
Sec. 22. (a) Obligations incurred by the board and other liabilities and claims against the board may be enforced only against the assets of the board in the same manner as if it were a corporation. Liabilities for the debts or actions of the board may not arise against:
        (1) the state;
        (2) a political subdivision (as defined in IC 34-6-2-110); or
        (3) a member, officer, employee, or agent of the board in an individual capacity.
    (b) The members and employees of the board may not be held responsible individually to any person for errors in judgment, mistakes, or other acts either of commission or omission, as principal, agent, or employee, except for their own individual acts that result in the violation of any law.
    (c) An employee of the board may not be held responsible individually for the act or omission of a member of the board.
    (d) Any liability of the members of the board is several and not joint. A member of the board may not be held liable for the default of another member.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-23
Annual report filed with director
    
Sec. 23. (a) The board shall file a report with the director before October 1 of each year.
    (b) The report required under subsection (a) must contain the following information:
        (1) The income received from the assessments and penalties collected under this chapter for the preceding fiscal year.


        (2) The expenditure of funds by the board during the year for the administration of this chapter.
        (3) A brief description of all contracts requiring the expenditure of funds by the board and the action taken by the board on all contracts.
        (4) An explanation of all programs relating to the discovery, promotion, and development of markets and industries for the use of dairy products and the direct expense associated with each program.
        (5) The name and address of each member of the board.
        (6) A brief description of the rules and orders adopted by the board.
    (c) The report required under subsection (a) shall be available to the public upon request.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-24
Imposition of assessment on milk
    
Sec. 24. An assessment of ten cents ($0.10) per hundredweight is imposed on all milk produced in Indiana for commercial use.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-25
Remittance of assessment to board
    
Sec. 25. A producer shall remit the assessment required under section 24 of this chapter to the board:
        (1) not later than the last day of the month following the month in which the milk is commercially used; and
        (2) together with a report in a form approved by the board detailing all assessments collected and remitted under this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-26
Assessments; deposit requirement
    
Sec. 26. The board shall deposit all assessments received under this chapter in the fund established by the board under section 28 of this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-27
Procedures for directing assessment to other entities
    
Sec. 27. The board shall establish procedures for allowing a producer to direct the distribution of the producer's assessment to:
        (1) the national dairy board; or
        (2) a qualified program other than the program chosen by the board.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-28


Assessment fund; uses
    
Sec. 28. (a) The board shall establish and administer a fund for assessments received under this chapter. The fund is not a part of the state treasury.
    (b) The board shall invest the money in the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the fund in the same manner as other public funds may be invested. Interest that accrues from these investments shall be deposited in the fund.
    (c) The board shall use the money in the fund to implement this chapter.
    (d) The board may not use money in the fund to establish a program of its own but shall fund an active, ongoing, qualified program in Indiana as stated in 7 U.S.C. 4505 and the regulations adopted under that law. A qualified program that receives money under this subsection may use the money to jointly sponsor projects with any private or public organization for any of the following:
        (1) Advertising and promotion.
        (2) Market research.
        (3) Nutrition and product research and development.
        (4) Nutrition and educational programs.
        (5) Any other activity to meet the objectives of this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-29
Penalties on unpaid assessments
    
Sec. 29. (a) The board shall add a penalty of one and one-half percent (1.5%) per month on an unpaid assessment, beginning with the day following the date the assessment was due. Any remaining amount due, including an unpaid penalty assessed under this section, shall be increased at the same rate on the corresponding day of each succeeding month until paid.
    (b) For purposes of this section, an assessment that was determined at a date later than prescribed by section 25 of this chapter because of the failure to submit a report to the board when due shall be considered to have been payable on the date it would have been due if the report had been timely filed.
    (c) The timeliness of a payment to the board shall be based on:
        (1) the applicable postmarked date; or
        (2) the date actually received by the board;
whichever is earlier.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-30
Court action to collect assessments and fees
    
Sec. 30. The board may maintain a court action to collect assessments and late payment fees due under this chapter.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-31
Cumulative nature of remedies


     Sec. 31. The remedies provided in this chapter are in addition to other remedies provided by law or in equity.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.

IC 15-18-5-32
Violations
    
Sec. 32. A person who knowingly or intentionally violates this chapter commits a Class C misdemeanor.
As added by P.L.2-2008, SEC.9.