AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
HOPS — PROMOTION OF INDUSTRY
22-3105. Powers and duties of commission. The powers and duties of the commission shall include the following:
1. To administer and enforce this act.
2. To contract in the name of the commission and be contracted with.
3. To employ and at pleasure discharge a secretary, advertising manager, advertising agents, agents, research director, research staff, attorneys and such clerical and other help as it deems necessary and to control their powers and duties and to fix their compensation.
4. To keep books, records and accounts of all its dealings, which books, records and accounts of all its dealings shall be open to inspection by the state controller at all times.
5. To purchase or authorize the purchase of all office equipment and supplies and incur all other reasonable and necessary expenses and obligations in connection with and required for the proper carrying out of the provisions of this act.
6. To become a member of and purchase membership in trade organizations and to subscribe to and purchase trade bulletins, journals, and other trade publications.
7. To plan and conduct an advertising, publicity and sales promotion campaign to increase the sales of hops and to make such advertising, publicity and sales promotion contracts and other agreements as may be necessary.
8. To plan and conduct a research program on marketing of and markets for hops and a research program to improve the quality of hops, to develop and improve control measures for disease and pests which attack hops and to improve hop growing culture and to disseminate such information among the growers and to make such research contracts and other agreements as may be necessary.
9. To define and designate the character of the brands, labels, stencils or other distinctive marks under which hops may be marketed and to patent, copyright or otherwise protect such identifying distinctive mark, all for the purposes of securing the greatest returns to the grower and of meeting requirements of the advertising campaign of the commission and of protecting the identity of the hops as Idaho hops as near to the final consumer as possible.
10. To prevent any substitution of other hops for Idaho hops and to prevent the misrepresentation or the misbranding of Idaho hops at any and all times and at any and all points.
11. To establish and maintain the executive office of the commission at any place within the state of Idaho which designated place may be changed at the discretion of the commission.
12. To adopt and from time to time alter, rescind, modify or amend all proper and necessary rules, regulations, and orders for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this act.
13. To cooperate with the director of the department of agriculture in and to pay all or any portion of the costs incurred in the creation, administration and enforcement of any quarantine and inspection affecting hops and hop plants established pursuant to the laws of the state of Idaho.
14. To plan and conduct a research program for improving old varieties and developing new varieties of hops; to propagate any such improved old varieties or such new varieties of hops; to patent any such improved old varieties or such new varieties of hops and to license the propagation, growing and sale thereof; to adopt such trade names or trademarks in relation to any such improved old varieties or such new varieties of hops and to patent, copyright, or otherwise protect such names; to buy, contract to buy, receive by gift or otherwise acquire, hold, or retain legal title to such improved old varieties or such new varieties of hops including the root stock thereof and the hops produced therefrom; to sell, lease, consign, trade, exchange, or give away or otherwise dispose of any such improved old varieties or such new varieties of hops including the root stock thereof and the hops produced therefrom; to advertise and promote the commercial use of such improved old varieties and new varieties of hops; and to impose, by contract or regulation or otherwise, such conditions and restrictions as may be determined by the commission pertaining to such improved old varieties and such new varieties of hops including the root stock thereof including but not limited to conditions and restrictions limiting, restricting, prohibiting or affecting the use, distribution, acreage, production, geographical areas of planting, cultural practices used in propagation, leasing, assigning, selling, sale price, and the use of trade names and trademarks relating to such improved old varieties or such new varieties of hops including the root stock thereof and the increase thereof and the use of trade names and trademarks to designate hops produced from any such old varieties or such new varieties of hops.
15. To prosecute in the name of the state of Idaho any suit or action for collection of the assessment provided for in this chapter.
[22-3105, added 1955, ch. 224, sec. 5, p. 489; am. 1963, ch. 335, sec. 2, p. 959; am. 1967, ch. 216, sec. 2, p. 650; am. 1974, ch. 18, sec. 75, p. 364; am. 1977, ch. 302, sec. 1, p. 846; am. 1994, ch. 180, sec. 24, p. 438.]