AGRICULTURE AND HORTICULTURE
PEA AND LENTIL COMMISSION
22-3510. Duties and powers of commission. (1) Consistent with the general purposes of this chapter, the commission shall establish the policies to be followed in the accomplishments of such purposes.
(2) In the administration of the act, the commission shall have the following duties, authorities and powers:
(a) To conduct a campaign of research, education and publicity.
(b) To find new markets for pea and lentil products.
(c) To give, publicize and promulgate reliable information showing the value of peas and lentils for any purpose for which they are found useful and profitable.
(d) To make public and encourage the widespread national and international use of the special kinds of pea and lentil products produced from all varieties of peas and lentils grown in Idaho.
(e) To investigate and participate in studies of the problems peculiar to the producers of peas and lentils in Idaho.
(f) To take such action as the commission deems necessary or advisable in order to stabilize and protect the pea and lentil industry of the state.
(g) To sue and be sued.
(h) To enter into such contracts as may be necessary or advisable.
(i) To appoint and employ all necessary officers, agents and other personnel, including experts in agriculture and the publicizing of the products thereof, and to prescribe their duties and fix their compensation.
(j) To make use of such advertising means and methods as the commission deems advisable and to enter into contracts and agreements for research and advertising within and without the state.
(k) To cooperate with any local, state or national organization or agency, whether voluntary or created by the law of any state or by national law, engaged in work or activities 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 and publicity and reciprocal enforcement.
(l) To lease, purchase or own the real or personal property deemed necessary in the administration of this chapter.
(m) To prosecute in the name of the state of Idaho any suit or action for collection of the assessment provided for in this chapter.
(n) To adopt, rescind, modify and amend all necessary and proper orders, resolutions and regulations for the procedure and exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties.
(o) To incur indebtedness and repay the same, and carry on all business activities.
(p) To keep or cause to be kept in accordance with accepted standards of good accounting practice, accurate records of all assessments, collections, receipts, deposits, withdrawals, disbursements, paid outs, moneys and other financial transactions made and done pursuant to this order. Such records, books and accounts shall be audited subject to lawful, sound procedures and methods of accounting at least annually and a copy of such audit shall be delivered within thirty (30) days after completion thereof to the governor, commissioner of agriculture, director of legislative services and the commission. The books, records and accounts shall be open to inspection by the state controller and public at all times.
(q) To make a full and complete report available to all Idaho pea and lentil producers annually, and once every five (5) years, commencing May 1, 1970, poll each grower as to the advisability of continuing the commission. If a majority of the growers representative of a majority of the pounds produced request a repeal of this act, the commission shall at the next session of the legislature request a repeal.
[22-3510, added 1965, ch. 106, sec. 10, p. 192; am. 1971, ch. 23, sec. 1, p. 54; am. 1994, ch. 180, sec. 27, p. 441; am. 2003, ch. 32, sec. 9, p. 122.]