Oregon Statutes - Chapter 583 - Milk Marketing, Production and Distribution - Section 583.046 - Poundage fee on Grade A milk; hearing on increase or decrease.

(1) Each first handler in Oregon of Grade A milk shall pay to the State Department of Agriculture a poundage fee of not more than three-fourths of one cent per hundredweight on all Grade A milk purchased or handled by said handler. Each first handler shall deduct from the purchase price for Grade A milk purchased or handled by such first handler from a producer or producer group the amount of the poundage fee such handler is required to pay to the department under this section as to such Grade A milk so purchased or handled. Such poundage fee shall be paid monthly not later than the last day of the month following the reported month for all quantities of Grade A milk purchased or handled by the first handler in the previous calendar month or part thereof.

(2) No increase or decrease in the poundage fee shall be established by the department until a hearing has been held. In addition to other standards, the department, in increasing or decreasing poundage fees, shall also consider:

(a) The current auditing and enforcement program.

(b) Proposed program changes.

(c) General milk industry changes.

(d) Increased or decreased benefits accruing to producers, handlers and consumers. [1961 c.638 §5(1),(2)]

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