(1) The purpose of the market development service of the Agricultural Development Division shall be to assist in the development of new markets or expand existing domestic and foreign markets for farm and food commodities produced or processed in this state. The purpose of the commodity development service of the Agricultural Development Division shall be to assist in the development and improvement of farm and food commodities and their values and uses.
(2) In furthering the purpose of the market development service, the State Department of Agriculture may:
(a) Collect and disseminate information relating to the availability, quality and uses of farm and food commodities produced or processed in this state, including participation in demonstrations, fairs and exhibits;
(b) Serve as an intermediary between prospective purchasers and sellers of farm and food commodities produced or processed in this state as to source of supply and demand;
(c) After notice to and with the approval of the Governor, represent the state in matters of legislation or rulemaking affecting the development of markets for farm and food commodities produced or processed in this state;
(d) Cooperate with and aid producers, processors, distributors and prospective purchasers of farm and food commodities in establishing, or improving and maintaining, an efficient system of distribution and marketing of farm and food commodities;
(e) Investigate delays, embargoes, conditions and practices, charges and rates in the marketing, transportation and handling of farm and food commodities produced or processed in this state, and when an investigation discloses a probable violation of state or federal law, make recommendations to the proper state or federal authorities for appropriate action;
(f) Engage in negotiations with common and contract carriers and initiate or participate in the prosecution of proceedings before agencies engaged in freight rate regulation within or without this state in matters relating to the establishment of new freight rates, the modification of existing freight rates or to unjust, unreasonable or discriminatory rates or practices affecting the cost of transportation, production or processing of farm or food commodities produced or processed in this state;
(g) Investigate the advisability and need for establishment of terminal, regional, assembly, dock and other distributing facilities for the delivery, sale and distribution of farm and food commodities at or near the point of purchase or use, and advise and cooperate with public or private agencies or organizations in promoting the establishment, construction or acquisition of the facilities for public use and make recommendations as to their operations;
(h) Accept grants from public or private agencies, organizations or persons, with any grant treated as a trust fund, separate and distinct from the General Fund, within the meaning of ORS chapters 291 and 293;
(i) Consult with other states in development of joint programs for the establishment and development of domestic and foreign markets on a mutual basis; and
(j) Cooperate with the Economic and Community Development Department of this state in foreign and domestic marketing matters of common interest.
(3) In furthering the purpose of the commodity development service, the department may:
(a) Collect and disseminate information relating to new or alternate crop production and marketing feasibilities to producers of farm and food commodities, and confer with the New Crops Development Board of the department in regard to these matters;
(b) Assist the commodity commissions in carrying out mutual or joint scientific research efforts and mutual or joint development of the commercial values and new and additional uses of their commodities; and
(c) Accept grants from public or private agencies, organizations or persons, with any grant treated as a trust fund, separate and distinct from the General Fund, within the meaning of ORS chapters 291 and 293.
(4) Nothing in ORS 576.006 to 576.022 shall authorize, or modify the limitations on authority under ORS 561.170 for, the Agricultural Development Division, or its staff to:
(a) Engage in any commercial transaction involving farm or food commodities as purchaser, seller, broker or dealer; or
(b) Acquire or own any farm or food commodities or real property associated with them. [1955 c.572 §3; 1985 c.623 §4; 1989 c.966 §64]Section: Previous 576.005 576.006 576.009 576.010 576.013 576.015 576.017 576.018 576.019 576.020 576.022 576.024 576.030 576.035 576.040 Next
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