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Chapter 285 - AGRICULTURE
Act 13 of 1921 ‑ DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (285.1 - 285.7)
     Section 285.1 ‑ Department of agriculture; commission; director; assistants and employees; term, compensation, offices.
     Section 285.2 ‑ Transfer of powers and duties to department of agriculture; abolition of agencies and officers; transfer of records, files, and papers; pending proceedings.
     Section 285.3 ‑ Transfer of additional powers and duties to department of agriculture; abolition of offices; records, files, and data.
     Section 285.4 ‑ Repealed. 2000, Act 39, Imd. Eff. Mar. 24, 2000.
     Section 285.5 ‑ Promotion of agricultural interests; cooperation with state and federal agricultural agencies; fostering trade; preventing fraudulent land sales; supervisory control.
     Section 285.6 ‑ Effective date; repeal.
     Section 285.7 ‑ Declaration of necessity.
E.R.O. No. 2011‑2 ‑ EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION ORDER (285.11 - 285.11)
     Section 285.11 ‑ Renaming of department of agriculture to department of agriculture and rural development; renaming of commission of agriculture to commission of agriculture and rural development; rescission of certain parts of E.O. No. 2009-54.
Act 33 of 1881 ‑ Repealed-CROP AND STOCK REPORTS (285.21 - 285.22)
Act 91 of 1915 ‑ MARKET CONDITIONS (285.31 - 285.39)
     Section 285.31 ‑ Investigation of market conditions; director and employes.
     Section 285.32 ‑ Director; duties, powers, assistance to cooperative associations.
     Section 285.32a ‑ “Farm product” defined; permissive grading system; compliance with MCL 289.701 et seq. and MCL 290.601 et seq.
     Section 285.32b ‑ Identification of farm product as meeting certain grade; use of specific market name or logo; identification of tomatoes; definitions.
     Section 285.32c ‑ Representations on face of container; overfacing container as violation of act.
     Section 285.33 ‑ Director; information to producers.
     Section 285.34 ‑ Director; cooperation with United States; auction markets.
     Section 285.35 ‑ Director; schedule of fees, basis, deposit to general fund.
     Section 285.36 ‑ Director; bulletins, contents, publication.
     Section 285.37 ‑ Director; transportation delays, report; violation of laws; food spoilage; prevention of waste.
     Section 285.38 ‑ Commissioner of agriculture; inspection, certificates; exception.
     Section 285.39 ‑ Violation of act; misdemeanor.
     Section 285.51 ‑ Agricultural interest, promotion; farm bureau, tax; county agent and assistants, approval, compensation.
Act 141 of 1939 ‑ GRAIN DEALERS ACT (285.61 - 285.89)
     Section 285.61 ‑ Short title.
     Section 285.62 ‑ Definitions.
     Section 285.63 ‑ Grain dealer; license required; issuance; prohibited conduct; allowable net asset requirements; surety bond; acting as grain dealer without license; misdemeanor; review of books and records; injunction.
     Section 285.64 ‑ License; conduct; term; display; term of new license.
     Section 285.65 ‑ Revocation of license; application for new license; events; notice of event.
     Section 285.66 ‑ Temporary permit.
     Section 285.66a, 285.66b ‑ Repealed. 2002, Act 80, Eff. Mar. 31, 2003.
     Section 285.67 ‑ Grain dealer's license; application; form; contents; receipt of completed application; issuance of license within certain time period; submission; report.
     Section 285.67a ‑ Repealed. 2002, Act 80, Eff. Mar. 31, 2003.
     Section 285.68 ‑ License fee; grain dealer's fees fund; duration of license; fee schedule adjustment; "Detroit consumer price index" defined.
     Section 285.69 ‑ Application for license or renewal; financial statement.
     Section 285.69a ‑ Repealed. 2002, Act 80, Eff. Mar. 31, 2003.
     Section 285.70 ‑ Revocation or refusal to issue or renew license; hearing; conditions.
     Section 285.71 ‑ Temporary facility.
     Section 285.71a ‑ Repealed. 2002, Act 80, Eff. Mar. 31, 2003.
     Section 285.72 ‑ Destruction or damage of farm produce; certificate of insurance required; reimbursement to depositors; notice of cancellation or nonrenewal of insurance.
     Section 285.73 ‑ Availability of books and records; confidentiality; disclosure.
     Section 285.74 ‑ Commingling produce; limitations on transactions; warehouse receipt or acknowledgment; standard of care; failure of depositor to remove or sell farm produce; limitation on loan balance.
     Section 285.75 ‑ Daily position report.
     Section 285.76 ‑ Records and accounts.
     Section 285.77 ‑ Notice of intent to discontinue business.
     Section 285.78 ‑ Receipt of farm produce; acknowledgment form.
     Section 285.79 ‑ Suspension or revocation of grain dealer's license; reservation of rights; weighing and inspecting produce.
     Section 285.80 ‑ Warehouse receipt.
     Section 285.81 ‑ Price later agreement.
     Section 285.82 ‑ Administration and enforcement of act; rules; powers and duties of director.
     Section 285.82a ‑ Repealed. 2002, Act 80, Eff. Mar. 31, 2003.
     Section 285.83 ‑ Violation of act or rule; prohibited conduct; penalty.
     Section 285.84 ‑ Violation of act or rule; administrative fines; warning; action by attorney general; license revocation; disposition of fine, costs, and recovery.
     Section 285.85 ‑ Injunction; applicability of penalties to public officials; civil or criminal liability; hearing; local ordinance, regulation, or resolution; preemption; confidentiality; exceptions.
     Section 285.86 ‑ Repealed. 2016, Act 263, Eff. Sept. 26, 2016.
     Section 285.86a ‑ Lien; claimant; provisions; enforcement of claims; assignment of applicable lien to claimant in adversary proceeding; liquidation of farm produce assets; reduction of amount of claim; priority of lien.
     Section 285.87 ‑ Repealed. 2012, Act 148, Imd. Eff. May 30, 2012.
     Section 285.88 ‑ Grain merchandiser or farm produce trucker; surety bond; requirements.
     Section 285.89 ‑ Rescission of R 285.560.
Act 35 of 1941 ‑ Repealed-REGISTRATION OF NAMES OF FARMS (285.101 - 285.108)
Act 294 of 1915 ‑ Repealed-AGRICULTURAL FAIR COMMISSION (285.122 - 285.128)
Act 89 of 1927 ‑ UPPER PENINSULA STATE FAIR (285.141 - 285.146)
     Section 285.141 ‑ Upper Peninsula state fair; board of managers; creation; appointment and terms of members; vacancies; compensation and expenses; chairman; appointment and salaries of secretary and treasurer; rules.
     Section 285.142 ‑ Upper Peninsula state fair; board of managers; grants and conveyances; conditions; leasing or conceding fairgrounds or buildings; consideration; duration and termination of lease; prohibition; purpose and arrangement of state fair; disposition of proceeds; report of receipts and expenditures; office of board secretary.
     Section 285.143 ‑ Bingo; lease of facilities.
     Section 285.144 ‑ Games of skill; licensing agreements with concessionaires; criteria; rules; revocation of licensing agreement; liability; payment of judgment.
     Section 285.145 ‑ Games of skill; MCL 750.301 to 750.315 inapplicable.
     Section 285.146 ‑ Rescission of R 285.1101 to R 285.1907.
     Section 285.151 ‑ State fair grounds; occupancy by national or home guard; authorization.
     Section 285.161 ‑ Short title.
     Section 285.162 ‑ Definitions.
     Section 285.163 ‑ Fairs and uses of fairgrounds to which act inapplicable.
     Section 285.164 ‑ Michigan exposition and fairgrounds authority; creation; administration; transfer of certain powers and duties to the authority by type I transfer.
     Section 285.165 ‑ Control vested in authority.
     Section 285.166 ‑ Powers and duties of authority.
     Section 285.167 ‑ Annual report; annual audit; rules.
     Section 285.168 ‑ Powers and duties of manager.
     Section 285.169 ‑ State exposition and fairgrounds authority; board; membership; exercising duties of office; vacancy; discharge of duties; conduct of business; quorum; compensation and expenses; officers; meetings.
     Section 285.170 ‑ Conducting business at public meeting; notice; availability of writings to public; employment of experts and officers; contracts with department.
     Section 285.171 ‑ Powers and duties of authority board.
     Section 285.172 ‑ Annual state fair; licensing agreements with concessionaires permitting games of skill; criteria; rules; grounds for revocation of licensing agreement; hearing; rules and facilities for bingo or millionaire party.
     Section 285.173 ‑ Inapplicability of MCL 750.301 to 750.315a; leasing facilities for bingo.
     Section 285.174 ‑ Repealed. 2000, Act 39, Imd. Eff. Mar. 24, 2000.
     Section 285.174a ‑ State exposition and fairgrounds fund; creation; disposition; annual report; expenditure.
     Section 285.175 ‑ Payments to exhibitors and vendors; appropriation; amount to Lake Superior state university for grant.
     Section 285.175a ‑ Demolition of building or structure.
     Section 285.175b ‑ Publication of newsletter; posting minutes on website; establishment of local neighborhood advisory council.
     Section 285.176 ‑ Repealed. 2000, Act 39, Imd. Eff. Mar. 24, 2000.
E.R.O. No. 1993‑14 ‑ EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION ORDER (285.190 - 285.190)
     Section 285.190 ‑ Transfer of powers and duties of state exposition and fairgrounds office and of the director of the department of natural resources and the department of natural resources under the Michigan exposition and fairgrounds act from the office of director, department of natural resources, to the director of the department of commerce; transfer of the state exposition and fairgrounds council to the department of commerce by a type II transfer.
E.R.O. No. 2009‑2 ‑ EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION ORDER (285.191 - 285.191)
     Section 285.191 ‑ Transfer of position of manager of Michigan exposition and fairgrounds authority to department of management and budget by type III transfer; transfer of Michigan exposition and fairgrounds authority to department of management and budget by type III transfer; transfer of board of managers of Upper Peninsula state fair to department of management and budget by type III transfer.
     Section 285.201 ‑ Agricultural interests; promotion in townships; extension work agreements, areas, appropriations, special tax.
     Section 285.202 ‑ Agricultural interests; promotion in townships; referendum in township.
     Section 285.202a ‑ Violation of MCL 168.1 to 168.992 applicable to petitions; penalties.
     Section 285.203 ‑ Agricultural interests; promotion in townships; discontinuance, referendum.
Act 366 of 1988 ‑ Repealed-MICHIGAN AGRICULTURAL COMMODITY INSURANCE ACT (285.211 - 285.219)
Act 46 of 2005 ‑ Repealed-AGRICULTURAL TOURISM ADVISORY COMMISSION (285.221 - 285.225)
Act 220 of 1982 ‑ MICHIGAN FAMILY FARM DEVELOPMENT ACT (285.251 - 285.279)
     Section 285.251 ‑ Short title.
     Section 285.252 ‑ Definitions; rules.
     Section 285.253 ‑ Michigan family farm development authority; creation; purpose; appointment, qualifications, and terms of members; expenses; certificate of appointment or reappointment; powers; actions by authority; quorum; findings of fact; conducting business at public meeting; notice of meeting; chairperson and vice-chairperson; officers, agents, and employees; delegation of powers and duties.
     Section 285.254 ‑ Performance of duties, implementation of powers, and selection of programs and projects; principles.
     Section 285.255 ‑ Powers of authority generally.
     Section 285.256 ‑ Annual report.
     Section 285.257 ‑ Use of surplus money.
     Section 285.258 ‑ Combining program with other state or federal programs.
     Section 285.259 ‑ Beginning farmer loan program; development; exercise of powers by authority; participation in federal and state programs; requirements for providing loan to beginning farmer; acceleration of loan; assumption of mortgage; transfer of interest; participation interest in mortgage loan.
     Section 285.260 ‑ Making, purchasing, or participating in loans, grants, or deferred payment loans to beginning farmers; secured or unsecured loans and grants; insurance; interest rate; terms and conditions; rules.
     Section 285.261 ‑ Loans to mortgage lenders; requirements and conditions.
     Section 285.262 ‑ Purchasing mortgage or secured loans from mortgage lenders; commitment to purchase; requirements and conditions.
     Section 285.263 ‑ Bonds and notes; general obligations; negotiability; issuance subject to agency financing reporting act.
     Section 285.264 ‑ Bonds and notes; authorization; requirements; sale.
     Section 285.265 ‑ Resolution authorizing notes or bonds; provisions.
     Section 285.266 ‑ Pledge by authority; validity; lien; recording of resolution or instrument not required.
     Section 285.267 ‑ Personal liability on note or bond of authority.
     Section 285.268 ‑ Purchase and cancellation of notes or bonds by authority; price.
     Section 285.269 ‑ Nonliability of state on notes or bonds of authority; statement.
     Section 285.270 ‑ Capital reserve funds.
     Section 285.271 ‑ General reserve fund.
     Section 285.272 ‑ Pledge and agreement of state with holders of notes or bonds.
     Section 285.273 ‑ Default by authority; appointment and powers of trustee; notice by trustee.
     Section 285.274 ‑ Depositing money of authority in bank or savings and loan association; security; contracting with holders of notes or bonds for certain purposes; system of accounts; operating expenditures; audit.
     Section 285.275 ‑ Notes and bonds of authority as securities; investment.
     Section 285.276 ‑ Recommending issuance of faith and credit bonds to legislature.
     Section 285.277 ‑ Tax exemptions.
     Section 285.278 ‑ Covenant by state with purchasers, holders, and transferees of notes and bonds concerning tax exemptions.
     Section 285.279 ‑ Prohibited conduct; violation; penalties; determination of total value; prior convictions; “proceeds” defined; prohibition.
E.R.O. No. 1999‑4 ‑ EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION ORDER (285.291 - 285.291)
     Section 285.291 ‑ Transfer of powers and duties of conservation species advisory panel to the director of the department of agriculture by Type III transfer.
E.R.O. No. 2007‑8 ‑ EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION ORDER (285.292 - 285.292)
     Section 285.292 ‑ Transfer of powers and duties of value-added and commercialization roundtable to department of agriculture by type III transfer; abolishment of value-added and commercialization roundtable.
E.R.O. No. 2007‑14 ‑ EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION ORDER (285.293 - 285.293)
     Section 285.293 ‑ Transfer of powers and duties of retail food advisory board to department of agriculture by type III transfer; abolishment of retail food advisory board.
Act 322 of 2000 ‑ JULIAN-STILLE VALUE-ADDED ACT (285.301 - 285.304)
     Section 285.301 ‑ Short title.
     Section 285.302 ‑ Definitions; agricultural value-added grant program; establishment and administration; grant awards; procedure; condition of receiving grant; establishment of low-interest loan program; fiduciary obligations upon grant recipient; "substantial conflict of interest" defined; grant application; form or format; rules; effect on prior grants.
     Section 285.302a ‑ Agricultural development fund; creation as revolving fund; administration; investment; lapse; money appropriated from 21st century jobs trust fund; manner of investment.
     Section 285.302b ‑ Repealed. 2006, Act 422, Eff. Sept. 29, 2008
     Section 285.303 ‑ “Department” and “fund” defined; Michigan clean air fund; creation; administration; grants and loans; rules.
     Section 285.304 ‑ Repealed. 2013, Act 163, Imd. Eff. Nov. 12, 2013.
Act 198 of 2003 ‑ FARM PRODUCE INSURANCE ACT (285.311 - 285.331)
     Section 285.311 ‑ Short title.
     Section 285.313 ‑ Definitions.
     Section 285.315 ‑ Farm produce insurance authority; creation; powers, duties, and functions.
     Section 285.317 ‑ Board of directors; membership; terms; vacancy; quorum; meetings; notice; waiver of objection; duties; powers; compensation; inspection of books and records; confidentiality; disclosure.
     Section 285.318 ‑ Conduct of business at public meetings; public notice; disclosure of information.
     Section 285.319 ‑ Farm produce insurance fund; establishment; payments; allocation for administrative expenses; payment for legal services and expenses; investments; compliance review of investment portfolio; audit; establishment of fiscal year; "financial institution" defined.
     Section 285.320 ‑ Administrative premium.
     Section 285.321 ‑ Producer premium; limitation; payment; deduction from proceeds; notice to producer; forwarding for deposit into fund; books and records; availability for inspection or verification; certification of amount of money in fund.
     Section 285.323 ‑ Administrative premium or producer premium; refund.
     Section 285.325 ‑ Claim for reimbursement.
     Section 285.327 ‑ Use of money; severability; audit.
     Section 285.329 ‑ Action by director or department; defenses.
     Section 285.331 ‑ Conduct as misdemeanor; penalties; enforcement action; costs and expenses.
     Section 285.341 ‑ Definitions.
     Section 285.342 ‑ Duties of department.
     Section 285.343 ‑ Assistance to department.
Act 487 of 2012 ‑ WILDLIFE DEPREDATIONS INDEMNIFICATION ACT (285.361 - 285.365)
     Section 285.361 ‑ Short title.
     Section 285.362 ‑ Definitions.
     Section 285.363 ‑ Death, injury, or loss of livestock from wolves, coyotes, and cougars; indemnification; eligibility.
     Section 285.364 ‑ Appraisal and inventory; indemnification payment; reimbursement; deduction for compensation from other source; limitation per incident; indemnification subject to specific appropriations.
     Section 285.365 ‑ Acceptance of compensation as full and complete release of claim; exceptions to right of indemnity.

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