(A) No handler shall commit an unfair marketing practice, as defined in division (B) of this section, whenever a marketing cooperative has been authorized by its members to bargain on behalf of its members for sales contracts with the handler and any of the following conditions exist:
(1) Members of the marketing cooperative are obligated to produce and deliver agricultural products or produce under sales contracts negotiated by the marketing cooperative.
(2) Members of the marketing cooperative represent, on the yearly average calculated over the immediate two preceding calendar years, at least fifty-one per cent of the producers who delivered agricultural products or produce to the specified facility of the handler under sales contracts.
(3) Members of the marketing cooperative delivered, under sales contracts, on the yearly average calculated over the immediate two preceding calendar years, at least fifty per cent of the total amount of agricultural products delivered to the specified facility of the handler under sales contracts.
(4) The marketing cooperative, if requested by the handler, presents to the handler copies of the agreements with its members authorizing the marketing cooperative to bargain on behalf of its members for sales contracts for the agricultural products that are the subject of the sales contract under negotiation.
(B) For purposes of this section, it is an unfair marketing practice if either of the following applies:
(1) If the handler or the marketing cooperative that is bargaining fails to bargain in good faith in negotiating sales contracts for agricultural products to be delivered to a facility of the handler;
(2) If a handler enters into a sales contract directly with a producer, pertaining to agricultural products to be delivered to the same facility, with the intent to cause the marketing cooperative to fail to meet the conditions set forth in divisions (A)(2) and (3) of this section.
Effective Date: 08-05-1998; 09-03-2004 .