LSA R.S. 3:2051-2063

PART IV. BEEF PROMOTION AND RESEARCH PROGRAM

§2051. Legislative intent
The legislature intends by this Part to authorize the cattle production and feeding industry of this state to establish a self-financed, self-governed program to help develop, maintain, and expand the state, national, and foreign markets for cattle and beef products produced, processed, or manufactured in this state and to permit the cattle production and feeding industry of this state to contribute otherwise to the development and sustenance of a Louisiana coordinated promotion program and nationally coordinated programs of product improvement through research in consumer marketing via the accepted industry organization of the National Livestock and Meat Board and its Beef Industry Council, thus benefiting the entire United States cattle industry and the American public.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009.

§2052 Name and purpose
A. The name of the program created and organized by this Part shall be the Louisiana Beef Promotion and Research Program.
B. The purpose of this Part is to promote the growth and development of the cattle industry in Louisiana by research, advertisement, promotions, education, and market development, thereby promoting the general welfare of the people of this state.
C. The Louisiana Beef Promotion and Research Program is hereby established as Louisiana’s qualified state beef council as a self-financed, self-governed program to help develop, maintain, and expand the state, national, and foreign markets for cattle and beef
products produced, processed, or manufactured in this state, and such program shall be administered by the council.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 1995, No. 298, §1; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009.

§2053. Definitions
In this Part, unless the context otherwise requires, the following definitions shall have these meanings:
(1) “Cattle and beef products” mean the meat intended for human consumption from any bovine animal, regardless of age, including veal.
(2) “Cattle” means all bovine animals, regardless of age, including calves.
(3) “Council” means the Louisiana Beef Industry Council established under this Part to administer and govern the program.
(4) “Person” means any natural person, partnership, corporation, company, association, society, trust, or other business unit or organization.
(5) “Market agent,” “market agency,” “collection agent,” or “collection agency,” means any licensed person who sells, offers for sale, markets, distributes, trades, or processes cattle which have been purchased or acquired from a producer, or which are marketed on behalf of a producer, and further includes all licensed marketing agents, including all order buyers, all meat packing firms, and their agents which purchase or consign to purchase cattle.
(6) “Fiscal year” means the calendar period beginning July 1 and ending June 30 following.
(7) “Collecting person” means:
(a) Any person who makes payment to a producer for cattle purchased in Louisiana.
(b) Any producer marketing to consumers cattle of the producer’s own production in the form of beef or beef products.
(c) Any commission, firm, or marketing agency representing the seller in the delivery of cattle for cattle delivered on future contracts.
(d) Any producer selling cattle to be used in a custom slaughter operation.
(8) “Producer” means any person who owns or acquires ownership of cattle, except that a person shall not be considered to be a producer if the person’s only share in the proceeds of a sale of cattle or beef is a sales commission handling fee or other service fee.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 1995, No. 298, §1; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009.

§2054. Creation and organization
A. The Louisiana Beef Industry Council is hereby created and shall be within the Department of Agriculture and Forestry as provided for agencies transferred to the department by R.S. 36:629(E).
B.(1) The council shall be composed of nine cattle producer members appointed as follows:
(a) Three cattle producer members appointed by the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.
(b) Two representatives of the Louisiana Livestock Auction Markets Association appointed by the board of directors of the Louisiana Livestock Auction Market Association.
(c) Three cattle producer representatives of the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation appointed by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation.
(d) One cattle producer member appointed by the Cattle Producers of Louisiana.
(2) In addition, the commissioner of agriculture shall serve as an ex officio member of the council in an advisory capacity only.
(3)(a) Members shall serve as follows:
(i) One member from the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association and one member from the Louisiana Farm Bureau shall each serve one-year terms.
(ii) One member from the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, one member from the Louisiana Farm Bureau, and one member from the Louisiana Livestock Auction Markets Association shall each serve two-year terms.
(iii) One member from the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association, one member from the Louisiana Farm Bureau, one member from the Louisiana Livestock Auction Markets Association, and one member from the Cattle Producers of Louisiana shall each serve three-year terms.
(b) Thereafter, all appointments shall be for three-year terms. No appointee shall serve more than two consecutive three-year terms on the council. The initial appointments shall commence on August 17, 2015.
C. Thereafter and not less than thirty days prior to the expiration of the term of office, except for those serving by virtue of their elective office, the aforenamed organizations and agencies shall submit the names of appointments to the council.
Vacancies which occur shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments and for the unexpired term.
D. The council shall meet and organize immediately after appointment of the members, and shall elect the chairman, vice chairman, and secretary-treasurer from the membership of the council, whose duties shall be those customarily exercised by such officers or specifically designated by the council. The officers shall serve a one-year term.
E. Council members shall receive no salary for their services as members, but shall be reimbursed for actual travel and other expenses incurred in attendance at meetings of the council or while on official business of the council assigned by the council. The reimbursement shall be paid out of funds available to the council.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 428, §1.

§2055. Powers and duties of the council; quorum
A. The council shall:
(1) Receive and disburse funds, as prescribed elsewhere in this Part, to be used in administering and implementing the provisions and intent of this Part.
(2) Meet regularly, at least four times annually or by a special meeting called by a majority vote of the council.
(3) Maintain a permanent record of its business proceedings.
(4) Maintain a permanent and detailed record of its financial accounts.
(5) Prepare periodic reports and an annual report of its activities for the fiscal year.
(6) Prepare periodic reports and an annual accounting for the fiscal year of all receipts and expenditures of the council and shall retain a certified public accountant for this purpose.
(7) Appoint a licensed banking institution as the depository for program funds and disbursements.
(8) Maintain frequent communications with officers and industry representatives of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.
(9) Establish reasonable rules and regulations for the operation and functioning of the council.
B. Six members of the council shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of conducting business.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 428, §1.

§2056. Use of funds
A. The council may expend the funds available to it to:
(1) Contract for scientific research with any accredited university, college, or similar institution and enter into other contracts or agreements which will aid in carrying out the purposes of the program, including cattle and beef promotion, consumer market development, research advertising and, including contracts for the purpose of acquisition of facilities or equipment necessary to carry out purposes of the program.
(2) Disseminate reliable information benefiting the consumer and the cattle and beef industry on such subjects as, but not limited to, purchase, identification, care, storage, handling, cookery, preparation, serving, and the nutritive value of beef and beef
products.
(3) Provide information to such government bodies as request it on subjects of concern to the cattle and beef industry and act jointly or in cooperation with the state or federal government and agencies thereof in the development or administration of
programs deemed by the council to be consistent with the objectives of the program.
(4) Cooperate with any local, state, regional, or nationwide organization or agency engaged in work or activities consistent with the objectives of the program.
(5) Pay funds to other organizations for work or services performed which are consistent with the objectives of the program.
B. All funds available to the council shall be expended only to effectuate the purposes of this Part and shall not be used for political purposes in any manner. A report of all expenditures shall be published annually.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.;
Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 428, §1.

§2057. Additional powers of council
The council may:
(1) Sue and be sued as a council, without individual liability of the members for acts of the council when acting within the scope of the powers of this Part, and in a manner prescribed by the laws of this state.
(2) Employ subordinate officers and employees of the council and prescribe their duties and fix their compensation and terms of employment.
(3) Accept grants, donations, contributions, or gifts from any source, but only if the use of such resources is not restricted in any manner which is deemed inconsistent with the objectives of the program.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 428, §1.

§2058. Levies, assessments, collection, and enforcement
A. The council is authorized to collect any assessment in accordance with the Federal Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 on all Louisiana cattle purchased or sold within or outside of Louisiana. This assessment shall be known as the “federal
assessment” for the purposes of this Part. The collecting person shall deduct the amount of the federal assessment subject to any credits due to the producer from the gross receipts of the producer at the time of sale. The purpose of the federal assessment shall be for the producer’s participation in the Federal Beef Promotion and Research Program and by virtue of the federally authorized credit for the producer’s participation in the Louisiana Beef Promotion and Research Program.
B, C. Repealed by Acts 2015, No. 428, §2.
D. If more than one producer shares the proceeds received for the cattle sold, each such producer shall pay that portion of the assessments which are equivalent to his proportionate share of the proceeds.
E. Failure of the collecting person to collect the assessment on each head of cattle sold shall not relieve the producer of his obligation to pay the assessment authorized to be levied by this Part.
F. The collecting person shall collect and remit the federal assessments authorized to be levied by this Part. Notwithstanding anything hereto to the contrary, in no event, nor at any time, shall more than one dollar be paid or collected for the promotional programs described in this Part on any one head of cattle.
G. Each collecting person shall transmit the assessments and a report of the assessments collected to the council in the manner provided for in this Subsection:
(1) Each collecting person shall make such reports as are approved by the council on forms made available by the council. A separate report shall be prepared for each reporting period. The report shall be mailed to the council and shall contain the following information:
(a) The number of cattle purchased or transferred and the number of transactions which are in any way subject to the assessment provided for in this Part, along with the dates of such transactions.
(b) The amount of the assessment remitted.
(c) The reason, if any, that the remittance is less than the number of head of cattle involved in transactions multiplied by the assessment rate.
(d) The date any assessment was paid.
(2) Each calendar month shall be a reporting period. The period shall end on the close of business on the last day of the month.
(3) The collecting person shall remit all assessments to the council with the report no later than the fifteenth day of the month following the close of the period. All remittances shall be by check or money order made payable to the Louisiana Beef
Industry Council. All remittances shall be received subject to collections and payment at par.
H. Each collecting person responsible for remitting the assessments, other than a producer slaughtering cattle of his own production for sale, shall give the producer from whom an assessment was collected written evidence of the payment of the assessment. The written evidence shall contain the following information:
(1) The name and address of the collecting person.
(2) The name of the producer who paid the assessment.
(3) The number of cattle sold.
(4) The total assessments paid by the producer.
(5) The date of the receipt.
I.(1) The assessment levied on each head of cattle shall not apply to cattle owned by a person if either:
(a) The person certifies that the person’s only share in the proceeds of a sale of cattle or beef is a sales commission, handling fee, or other service fee.
(b) The person does all of the following:
(i) Certifies that he has acquired ownership of cattle to facilitate the transfer of ownership of such cattle from the seller to a third party.
(ii) Establishes that such cattle were resold not later than ten days from the date on which the person acquired ownership.
(iii) Certifies that the assessment levied upon the person from whom the cattle were purchased has been collected and remitted, or will be so, if an assessment is due or that the assessment is being levied against cattle which sold for one hundred fifty dollars
or less per head.
(2)(a) Each person seeking nonproducer status pursuant to Paragraph (1) of this Subsection shall provide the collecting person with a statement certifying his nonproducer status on a form approved by the council.
(b) A copy of such form shall be forwarded by the collecting person to the council upon its request.
J. Records showing the amount of the assessments collected and the number of cattle consigned to the market agents or individuals shall be preserved by such market agencies or individuals for a period of two years and shall be made available for inspection at any time upon oral or written demand by the commissioner of agriculture and forestry or any duly authorized agency or representative of the commissioner or by the council only after review of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry records.
Every market agency licensed to do business in Louisiana or other person or organization purchasing cattle in Louisiana, at such time or times as the council may designate, shall submit a monthly sales report to the council, and also shall submit such additional reports or other documentary information as the commissioner or the council deems necessary for the efficient and equitable collection of the assessments imposed in this Part. Copies of these records shall be furnished to the council by the commissioner upon request. The council shall regulate and enforce the collection of the assessments and matters pertaining
thereto and shall use the monthly sales reports as a means of regulating the collection of the funds.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. Acts 1985, No. 694, §1; HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S; Acts 1989, No. 166, §1; Acts 1993, No. 587, §1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1995, No. 298, §1; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009; Acts 2015, No. 428, §§1, 2. §2059. Repealed by Acts 2015, No. 428, §2

§2059. Repealed by Acts 2015, No. 428, §2.

§2060. Penalty
A. Any collecting person who fails to collect any assessment or remit any assessment collected, to the council, within the time required by this Part, may be assessed a civil penalty of up to five hundred dollars for each violation plus all reasonable costs. Reasonable costs may be deemed to include the amount of the assessments remaining uncollected where it is determined that the noncollection of the assessment was caused by the collecting person. Each day on which a violation occurs shall be considered a separate offense. The penalty shall be paid to the council and shall be disposed of in the same manner as funds derived from the payment of the assessment imposed herein.
B. Any determination of civil penalties and reasonable costs shall be made by an adjudicatory hearing held in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 1993, No. 587, §1, eff. July 1, 1993; Acts 1995, No. 298, §1; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009.

§2061. Bonding
Any member or employee of the council authorized to receive, handle, or disburse funds shall be bonded. The cost of the bond shall be paid from the funds received under the provisions of this Part. The bond shall be a security for any illegal act of the member or employee of the council under the provisions of this Part, and recovery thereon may be had by the council for any injury by such illegal act of such person.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 320, §1. HCR 187, 1987 R.S.; HCR 201, 1988 R.S.; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009.

§2062. Repealed by Acts 2015, No. 428, §2.

§2063. Severability clause
If any provision in this Part is held invalid or suspended, such invalidity or suspension shall not affect other provisions, and to this end the provisions of this Part are hereby declared severable.
Acts 1995, No. 298, §1; Acts 2009, No. 24, §8K, eff. June 12, 2009.