AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
22-1207. Powers and duties of commission. The powers and duties of the commission shall include the following:
(1) To adopt and from time to time alter, rescind, modify and/or amend all proper and necessary rules and orders for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this chapter.
(2) To contract and be contracted with.
(3) To employ and at its pleasure discharge agents, personnel, and such other help as it deems necessary and to outline their powers and duties and fix their compensation.
(4) To make in the name of the commission such agreements as may be necessary.
(5) To keep books, records and accounts of all its doings, which books, records and accounts shall be open to inspection by the state controller at all times.
(6) To purchase or authorize the purchase of all office equipment and supplies and to incur all other reasonable and necessary expenses and obligations in connection with and required for the proper carrying out of the provisions of this chapter.
(7) To cooperate with any local, state or national organization or agency, whether voluntary or created by the law of any state, or the United States government, engaged in work or activity similar to the work and activities of the commission, and to enter into contracts and agreements with such organizations or agencies for carrying on a joint campaign of research, education, product protection, promotion and reciprocal enforcement of these objectives.
(8) To investigate and prosecute in the name of the state of Idaho violations of this chapter or any suit or action for the collection of fees, taxes or penalties as hereinafter provided, or to protect brands, marks, packages, brand names, trademarks, certification marks or other intellectual property rights being promoted or used by the commission.
(9) To lease, purchase or own the real or personal property deemed necessary in the administration of this chapter.
(10) To define and describe such grade or grades of potatoes in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
(11) To define and designate the character of the brands, labels, stencils, or other distinctive marks under which said potatoes may be promoted in order to secure the greatest returns to producers.
(12) To devise and require the application of either a seal, label, brand, package, or any other suitable device that will protect the identity of the original Idaho pack of potatoes as near to the final consumer as possible.
(13) Whenever and wherever it deems it to be necessary the commission shall use its offices to prevent any substitution of other potatoes for Idaho potatoes and to prevent the misrepresentation, mislabeling or the misbranding of Idaho potatoes at any and all times at any and all points where they discover the same is being done and to require the disclosure of the growing area of origin upon potato containers by all persons doing business in the state of Idaho.
(14) To require all those using any of the Idaho potato trade or certification marks, or handling or packing potatoes grown in Idaho, to execute an agreement in the form prescribed by the commission to ensure compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
(15) To devise a suitable system for tracking shipments of Idaho potatoes and Idaho potato products to prevent the misrepresentation, mislabeling or the misbranding of Idaho potatoes.
(16) To prevent the unlicensed use of the Idaho potato trade or certification marks including, but not limited to, the marks "Grown in Idaho," "Famous Idaho Potatoes" and "Idaho Potatoes."
(17) To make, conduct or carry on studies and research in connection with the raising, production and promotion of potatoes, including study and research dealing with the industrial and other uses of potatoes and their byproducts, and the extension and stabilization of markets for such commodities; to disseminate information with respect to such study and research as a part of the commission’s promotional activities authorized by this chapter and to assist, aid and educate growers, dealers and handlers in the raising, production and promotion of potatoes.
(18) To require all persons with their principal place of business located in the state of Idaho to pay a one hundred dollar ($100) annual license fee for use of any Idaho potato trade or certification mark and to require all persons with their principal place of business located outside of the state of Idaho to pay a three hundred dollar ($300) annual license fee for use of any Idaho potato trade or certification mark.
For the accomplishment of such ends the commission is hereby empowered to employ the necessary persons or contract for the performance of required services; to cooperate with any organization of growers in this state, whether organized by authority of law or voluntary, engaged in carrying on similar activities and to participate jointly with any such organization, by contract or otherwise, in financing such study and research or paying for the employment of persons or services required or in carrying out projects and programs as herein contemplated; provided, however, expenditures authorized by the commission for the purposes herein mentioned shall not exceed an amount equal to twelve and one-half percent (12 1/2%) of the tax collected on potatoes levied and imposed pursuant to section 22-1211, Idaho Code.
Provided, further, that none of the powers specified in subsection (17) of this section shall be exercised, and no expenditure of revenue as provided in subsection (17) of this section shall be authorized except upon the affirmative vote of six (6) or more of the members of the commission.
(19) The commission, in furtherance of its duties under this chapter and under its rules, shall have the power to administer oaths, certify to official acts and to issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of papers, books, accounts, documents and testimony. The commission may, if a witness refuses to attend or testify, or to produce any papers required by such subpoenas, report to the district court in and for the county in which the proceeding is pending, by petition, setting forth that due notice has been given of the time and place of attendance of said witnesses, or the production of said papers, that the witness has been properly summoned, and that the witness has failed and refused to attend or produce the papers required by this subpoena before the commission, or has refused to answer questions propounded to him in the course of said proceedings, and ask an order of said court compelling the witness to attend and testify and produce said papers before the commission. The court, upon the petition of the commission, shall enter an order directing the witness to appear before the court at a time and place to be fixed by the court in such order, the time to be not more than ten (10) days from the date of the order, and then and there shall show cause why he had not attended and testified or produced said papers before the commission. A copy of said order shall be served upon said witness. If it shall appear to the court that said subpoena was regularly issued by the commission and regularly served, the court shall thereupon order that said witness appear before the commission at the time and place fixed in said order, and testify or produce the required papers. Upon failure to obey said order, said witness shall be dealt with for contempt of court. Provided that in proceedings before the commission where evidence is sought from witnesses who are not residents of this state, the commission is authorized to obtain subpoenas issued by the clerk of the district court. Subpoenas so requested shall be issued by the clerk of the district court under the seal of the court, shall state the name of the court and the title of the administrative action, and shall command each person to whom it is directed to attend and give testimony at a time and place therein specified. Subpoenas shall be used only to require attendance of a witness at a deposition or hearing. The clerk shall issue a subpoena or a subpoena for the production of documentary evidence, signed and sealed but otherwise in blank, to a party requesting it, who shall fill it in before service.
[22-1207, added 1939, ch. 172, sec. 7, p. 312; am. 1955, ch. 156, sec. 1, p. 304; am. 1961, ch. 316, sec. 4, p. 603; am. 1967, ch. 297, sec. 1, p. 847; am. 1969, ch. 213, sec. 5, p. 614; am. 1972, ch. 399, sec. 1, p. 1160; am. 1981, ch. 310, sec. 1, p. 651; am. 1985, ch. 109, sec. 3, p. 214; am. 1993, ch. 211, sec. 1, p. 572; am. 1994, ch. 48, sec. 3, p. 79; am. 1994, ch. 180, sec. 15, p. 430; am. 1997, ch. 308, sec. 1, p. 913; am. 1998, ch. 25, sec. 2, p. 140; am. 2004, ch. 188, sec. 3, p. 583.]