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Commodity Marketing Orders

A Marketing Order is created at the request of an agricultural commodity group in the state. The Commissioner can create an order or fund from monies collected from producers and handlers of a specific agricultural product. Funds are generally collected based on the sale value of the agriculture products. The funds are to be used for advertising, promotion or research. Notice is given by the Commissioner to registered producers or handlers of an affected commodity product, a hearing must be held for comment, and at least 50% of the group must vote in favor of the order. The department may establish boards of control to administer the marketing order and ensure the proceeds as used to promote the interests of the affected agricultural commodity. Funds are subject to an annual audit.