Chapter 901: DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

901.01 Office equipment and supplies - expense.

The department of agriculture shall provide necessary office furniture, stationery, books, periodicals, maps, instruments, and other necessary supplies. The necessary expense shall be audited and paid as other expenses are audited and paid.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.02 Record of investigation - distribution of bulletins.

The department of agriculture shall keep a record of its acts and investigations. The department may publish and distribute bulletins on matters of general interest relating to the work of the department.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.03 Rules and regulations.

The department of agriculture shall adopt reasonable and proper rules and regulations to govern its proceedings and to regulate the mode and manner of all investigations, inspections, and hearings.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.04 Grants, gifts or bequests credited to agro Ohio fund.

(A) The department of agriculture may solicit or accept from any public or private source and shall deposit in the state treasury to the credit of the agro Ohio fund any grant, gift, devise, or bequest of money made to or for the use of the department in fulfilling its statutory duties or for promoting any part of the public welfare that is under the supervision and control of the department. The department may also accept and hold on behalf of this state any grant, gift, devise, or bequest of other property made to or for the use of the department or for promoting any part of the public welfare that is under the supervision and control of the department. The department may contract for and carry out the terms and conditions of any devise, grant, gift, or donation that may be so made.

(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the agro Ohio fund, to which shall be credited all sums received under division (A) of this section , divisions (A)(2) and (C) of section 2105.09 of the Revised Code, and section 4503.504 of the Revised Code. All money received under divisions (A)(2) and (C) of section 2105.09 of the Revised Code shall be used for the benefit of agriculture. All money received under section 4503.504 of the Revised Code shall be used for the benefit of sustainable agriculture markets in the state as determined by the director of agriculture.

(C) The director may use all or any portion of the moneys in the agro Ohio fund to award grants for the purpose of promoting agriculture in this state. With respect to such grants that consist of moneys other than federal moneys, the director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing all of the following:

(1) Specific purposes for which grants may be awarded;

(2) Procedures for soliciting grant applications, applying for grants, awarding grants, and otherwise administering grants;

(3) Eligibility criteria for receiving grants that must be satisfied by applicants for the grants;

(4) Any other procedures and requirements that are necessary to administer a grant program.

(D) Federal moneys deposited into the agro Ohio fund shall be used in accordance with any terms that federal law prescribes for their use.

Effective Date: 07-05-2002; 2008 HB293 08-14-2008

901.041 Sustainable agriculture program fund.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the sustainable agriculture program fund. The fund shall consist of money credited to it, including, without limitation, federal money. The director of agriculture shall use money in the fund to support programs and activities that advance sustainable agriculture, including administrative costs incurred by the department of agriculture in administering the programs and activities.

Added by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

901.05 Conferences with other states.

The director of agriculture or authorized representatives may confer and meet with the officers of other states and of the United States on any matter pertaining to their official duties.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.051 Cooperative or contractual arrangements with public bodies.

The director of agriculture may enter into cooperative or contractual arrangements with the United States or any agency or department thereof, other states, other departments and subdivisions of this state, any other person or body politic, and by mutual agreement, may utilize the facilities and staffs of state-supported educational institutions, for the accomplishment of the purposes for which the department of agriculture was created.

Effective Date: 06-20-1994

901.06 Annual meeting with county societies.

(A) Prior to the first day of December of each year, the director of agriculture shall set a date in January of the following year, on which the director shall meet with the presidents or other authorized delegates of agricultural societies which conduct fairs in compliance with sections 1711.01 to 1711.35 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, and regulations of the department of agriculture. At such meeting the director shall consult with such presidents and delegates about the wants, prospects, and conditions of agricultural societies throughout the state.

(B) Each society shall deliver its annual report to the director at or before each meeting required by division (A) of this section.

(C) The director shall:

(1) Notify the president and the secretary of each such society of the date of such meeting not less than thirty days prior to the meeting;

(2) Adopt regulations which provide:

(a) A uniform method for the election of the directors and officers of all agricultural societies which receive any support out of the state or county treasuries, except the date for holding such election;

(b) General rules under which such societies shall be conducted.

Effective Date: 08-28-1969

901.07 County with no society.

In a county having no agricultural society organized and conducted as described in section 901.06 of the Revised Code, a majority of the presidents of the farmers' institutes of the county holding meetings under the auspices of the trustees of the Ohio state university may choose a representative to the annual meeting provided for in such section, who, upon a proper certificate of his appointment, shall be entitled to all the privileges conferred on representatives from agricultural societies.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.08 Appointment of chiefs of divisions.

The director of agriculture shall appoint a chief of the division of administration, a chief of the division of animal health, a chief of the division of livestock environmental permitting, a chief of the division of dairy, a chief of the division of food safety, a chief of the division of markets, a chief of the division of plant health, a chief of the division of weights and measures, a chief of the division of meat inspection, a chief of the division of consumer protection laboratory, a chief of the division of enforcement, and a chief of the division of amusement ride safety.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.42, HB 229, §1, eff. 10/17/2011.

Effective Date: 10-21-1997

901.09 Seasonal produce graders and gypsy mothtrap tenders.

(A) The director of agriculture may employ and establish a compensation rate for seasonal produce graders and seasonal gypsy mothtrap tenders, who shall be in the unclassified civil service.

(B) In lieu of employing seasonal gypsy moth tenders as provided in division (A) of this section, the director may contract with qualified individuals or entities to perform gypsy moth trapping.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 6/30/2011.

Effective Date: 09-29-1995

901.10 Division of weights and measures - state sealer - duties.

(A) There is hereby created in the department of agriculture a division of weights and measures. The director of agriculture shall be the state sealer of weights and measures. The director shall appoint a deputy state sealer as prescribed by section 901.08 of the Revised Code. Such deputy shall be chief of the division and shall be responsible to the director for the administration and enforcement of all weights and measures laws.

(B) The director may call training sessions for sealers of weights and measures from counties and municipal corporations and their inspectors for the purpose of instructing them in the proper administration of weights and measures laws and rules adopted pursuant thereto. Traveling expenses incurred by such officials shall be paid out of the treasury of the proper county or municipal corporation upon the presentation of a certificate from the director certifying the fact of such attendance, and upon allowance by the proper authority of the county or municipal corporation.

Effective Date: 06-20-1994

901.101 Amended and Renumbered RC 1327.49.

Effective Date: 07-26-1974

901.11, 901.12 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-26-1974

901.121 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 06-13-1975

901.13 Ethanol incentive board.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Ethanol" has the same meaning as in section 5733.46 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Facility" means an ethanol production plant that will be located in this state.

(B) There is hereby created the ethanol incentive board. The board shall consist of the following five members: the director of agriculture, who shall serve as chairperson of the board, the director of development, the executive director of the Ohio air quality development authority, one member appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, and one member appointed by the president of the senate. Initial appointments to the board shall be made within thirty days of the effective date of this section. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner provided for original appointments. Members of the board shall serve without compensation. The board shall meet and conduct its business as directed by the chairperson. The board shall cease to exist January 1, 2014.

(C) The board's sole duty is to review any application that is submitted to it under this section. The board shall approve an application only if it determines, by the affirmative vote of all members of the board, that the applicant's business plan for a facility meets the requirements established by division (D) of this section.

(D) The owner of a facility may apply to the board, on an application provided by the director of agriculture, for approval of the facility's business plan under this section. Within sixty days of receipt of an application, the board shall determine whether the applicant's business plan meets the following requirements:

(1) The business plan is for the construction and operation of a facility.

(2) The business plan contains detailed information regarding:

(a) The availability and price of corn in the area where the facility will be located;

(b) The availability and cost of energy needed for operation of the facility;

(c) The availability of water and waste disposal systems in the area where the facility will be located;

(d) The availability of labor and a qualified site manager for the facility.

(3) The business plan analyzes any proposed marketing agreements for the products produced by the facility.

(4) The facility to be constructed and operated under the business plan is majority-owned by Ohio farmers or will be prior to the first day the facility commences production.

(5) The business plan meets any other requirements established by the board under rules adopted in accordance with division (G) of this section.

The board shall issue a certificate of approval for each application approved under this section, and any taxpayer that invests money in the facility for which a business plan has been approved may claim a tax credit for such investment under section 5733.46 or 5747.75 of the Revised Code.

(E) Any business plan submitted to the board under this section is not a public record subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(F) The board shall notify the tax commissioner of any certificate of approval issued under this section, within ten days of its issuance.

(G) The director of agriculture, in consultation with the director of development and in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section, including rules prescribing procedures and forms for administering this section.

(H) The ethanol incentive board created by this section is not an agency for purposes of section 101.82 to 101.87 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 03-21-2002

901.14, 901.15 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 07-26-1974

901.16 Inspection of gas meters and meter provers.

The state sealer shall have charge of all the apparatus and property, belonging to the state, intended for the inspection of illuminating gas and gas meters, and the testing of the registration of meter provers; he shall test the registration of all meter provers that are presented to him for that purpose, and stamp and seal all such meter provers, so tested, that are found correct. For testing the registration of gas meter provers, to be paid by the persons requiring such service, he shall be allowed the sum of five dollars per hour, but not more than fifty dollars for each meter prover tested.

Effective Date: 07-26-1974

901.17 Division of markets - inspection fund.

The division of markets may do all of the following:

(A) Investigate the cost of production and marketing in all its phases;

(B) Gather and disseminate information concerning supply, demand, prevailing prices, and commercial movements, including common and cold storage of food products, and maintain market news service for disseminating such information;

(C) Promote, assist, and encourage the organization and operation of cooperative and other associations and organizations for improving the relations and services among producers, distributors, and consumers of food products;

(D) Investigate the practice, methods, and any specific transaction of commission merchants and others who receive, solicit, buy, or handle on commission or otherwise, food products;

(E) Act as mediator or arbitrator, when invited, in any controversy or issue that arises between producers and distributors and that affects the interest of the consumer;

(F) Act on behalf of the consumers in conserving and protecting their interests in every practicable way against excessive prices;

(G) Act as market adviser for producers and distributors, assisting them in economical and efficient distribution of good products at fair prices;

(H) Encourage the establishment of retail municipal markets and develop direct dealing between producers and consumers;

(I) Encourage the consumption of Ohio-grown products within the state, nationally, and internationally;

(J) Take such means and use such powers, relative to shipment, transportation, and storage of foodstuffs of any kind, as are necessary, advisable, or desirable in case of an emergency creating or threatening to create a scarcity of food within the state;

(K) Participate in trade missions between states and foreign countries in order to encourage the sale and promotion of Ohio-grown products.

Effective Date: 2003 HB95 09-26-2003

901.171 Promotion of use of Ohio-produced agricultural goods.

The department of agriculture may promote the use of Ohio-produced agricultural goods, including natural spring water, through the issuance of logotypes to qualified producers and processors under a promotional certification program to be developed and administered by the division of markets.

Pursuant to rules adopted under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, the department may establish reasonable fees and criteria for participation in the program. All such fees shall be credited to the general revenue fund and used to finance the program.

Effective Date: 07-01-1989; 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

901.18 Collection and dissemination of agricultural information.

The director of agriculture may collect and disseminate such information relative to agriculture, agricultural labor, waste, and uncultivated land, undeveloped resources, and decrease of rural population as he deems wise for the promotion of agricultural production.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.19 Promotion and protection of livestock interests.

The director of agriculture shall promote and protect the livestock interests of the state, prevent the spread of dangerously infections and contagious diseases, and co-operate with the bureau of animal industry of the United States department of agriculture in such work. He shall use all proper means in the prevention of the spread of infectious and contagious diseases among domestic animals and in providing for the extermination of such diseases.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.20 Market development duties of director.

(A) The director of agriculture may do either or both of the following:

(1) Reserve exhibition space for exhibitors to exhibit their goods in trade shows held in this country or in any other country. The director may charge and collect fees from any exhibitor who uses space reserved by the director under division (A)(1) of this section.

(2) Conduct or cause to be conducted seminars or other educational programs for the benefit of farmers and other producers in this state who are interested in exporting their goods overseas. The director may charge and collect fees from any person who attends a seminar or other educational program conducted under division (A)(2) of this section.

(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio proud, international, and domestic market development fund. Fees collected under division (A) of this section shall be deposited into the fund. The fund shall be used solely to carry out the purposes of that division.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 07-22-1994

901.21 Acquisition of real property used predominantly in agriculture and agricultural easements.

(A) As used in this section and section 901.22 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Agricultural easement" has the same meaning as in section 5301.67 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Agriculture" means those activities occurring on land devoted exclusively to agricultural use, as defined in section 5713.30 of the Revised Code, or on land that constitutes a homestead.

(3) "Homestead" means the portion of a farm on which is located a dwelling house, yard, or outbuildings such as a barn or garage.

(B) The director of agriculture may acquire real property used predominantly in agriculture and agricultural easements by gift, devise, or bequest if, at the time an easement is granted, such an easement is on land that is valued for purposes of real property taxation at its current value for agricultural use under section 5713.31 of the Revised Code or that constitutes a homestead. Any terms may be included in an agricultural easement so acquired that are necessary or appropriate to preserve on behalf of the grantor of the easement the favorable tax consequences of the gift, devise, or bequest under the "Internal Revenue Act of 1986," 100 Stat. 2085, 26 U.S.C.A. 1, as amended. The director, by any such means or by purchase or lease, may acquire, or acquire the use of, stationary personal property or equipment that is located on land acquired in fee by the director under this section and that is necessary or appropriate for the use of the land predominantly in agriculture.

(C) The director may include, in an agricultural easement acquired under division (B) of this section, a provision to preserve a unique natural or physical feature on the land so long as the use of the land remains predominantly agricultural.

(D) The director may do all things necessary or appropriate to retain the use of real property acquired in fee under division (B) of this section predominantly in agriculture, including, without limitation, performing any of the activities described in division (A)(1) or (2) of section 5713.30 of the Revised Code or entering into contracts to lease or rent the real property so acquired to persons or governmental entities that will use the land predominantly in agriculture.

(E) (1) When the director considers it to be necessary or appropriate, the director may sell real property acquired in fee, and stationary personal property or equipment acquired by gift, devise, bequest, or purchase, under division (B) of this section on such terms as the director considers to be advantageous to this state.

(2) An agricultural easement acquired under division (B) of this section may be extinguished under the circumstances prescribed, and in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth, in the instrument conveying the agricultural easement.

(F) There is hereby created in the state treasury the agricultural easement purchase fund. The fund shall consist of the proceeds received from the sale of real and personal property under division (E) of this section; moneys received due to the extinguishment of agricultural easements acquired by the director under division (B) of this section or section 5301.691 of the Revised Code; moneys received due to the extinguishment of agricultural easements purchased with the assistance of matching grants made under section 901.22 of the Revised Code; gifts, bequests, devises, and contributions received by the director for the purpose of acquiring agricultural easements; and grants received from public or private sources for the purpose of purchasing agricultural easements. The fund shall be administered by the director, and moneys in the fund shall be used by the director exclusively to purchase agricultural easements under division (A) of section 5301.691 of the Revised Code and provide matching grants under section 901.22 of the Revised Code to municipal corporations, counties, townships, soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code, and charitable organizations described in division (B) of section 5301.69 of the Revised Code for the purchase of agricultural easements. Money in the fund shall be used only to purchase agricultural easements on land that is valued for purposes of real property taxation at its current value for agricultural use under section 5713.31 of the Revised Code or that constitutes a homestead when the easement is purchased.

(G) There is hereby created in the state treasury the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund. Twelve and one-half per cent of net proceeds of obligations issued and sold pursuant to sections 151.01 and 151.09 of the Revised Code shall be deposited into the fund. The fund shall be used by the director for the purposes of this section, section 901.22 of the Revised Code, and the provisions of sections 5301.67 to 5301.70 of the Revised Code governing agricultural easements. Investment earnings of the fund shall be credited to the fund and may be used to pay costs incurred by the director in administering those sections and provisions.

(H) The term of an agricultural easement purchased wholly or in part with money from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund or the agricultural easement purchase fund shall be perpetual and shall run with the land.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 06-26-2003; 04-15-2005

901.22 Matching grants for purchasing agricultural easements.

(A) The director of agriculture, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules that do all of the following:

(1) Establish procedures and eligibility criteria for making matching grants to municipal corporations, counties, townships, soil and water conservation districts established under Chapter 1515. of the Revised Code, and charitable organizations described in division (B) of section 5301.69 of the Revised Code for the purchase of agricultural easements. With respect to agricultural easements that are purchased or proposed to be purchased with such matching grants that consist in whole or in part of moneys from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund created in section 901.21 of the Revised Code, the rules shall establish all of the following:

(a) Procedures for all of the following:

(i) Soliciting and accepting applications for matching grants;

(ii) Participation by local governments and by the public in the process of making matching grants to charitable organizations;

(iii) Notifying local governments, charitable organizations, and organizations that represent the interests of farmers of the ranking system established in rules adopted under division (A)(1)(b) of this section.

(b) A ranking system for applications for the matching grants that is based on the soil type, proximity of the land or other land that is conducive to agriculture as defined by rules adopted under this section and that is the subject of an application to other agricultural land or other land that is conducive to agriculture as defined by rules adopted under this section and that is already or is in the process of becoming permanently protected from development, farm stewardship, development pressure, and, if applicable, a local comprehensive land use plan involved with a proposed agricultural easement. The rules shall require that preference be given to proposed agricultural easements that involve the greatest proportion of all of the following:

(i) Prime soils, unique or locally important soils, microclimates, or similar features;

(ii) Land that is adjacent to or that is in close proximity to other agricultural land or other land that is conducive to agriculture as defined by rules adopted under this section and that is already or is in the process of becoming permanently protected from development, by agricultural easement or otherwise, so that a buffer would exist between the land involving the proposed agricultural easement and areas that have been developed or likely will be developed for purposes other than agriculture;

(iii) The use of best management practices, including federally or state approved conservation plans, and a history of substantial compliance with applicable federal and state laws;

(iv) Development pressure that is imminent, but not a result of current location in the direct path of urban development;

(v) Areas identified for agricultural protection in local comprehensive land use plans.

(c) Any other criteria that the director determines are necessary for selecting applications for matching grants;

(d) Requirements regarding the information that must be included in the annual monitoring report that must be prepared for an agricultural easement under division (E)(2) of section 5301.691 of the Revised Code, procedures for submitting a copy of the report to the office of farmland preservation in the department of agriculture, and requirements and procedures governing corrective actions that may be necessary to enforce the terms of the agricultural easement.

(2) Establish provisions that shall be included in the instrument conveying to a municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district, or charitable organization any agricultural easement purchased with matching grant funds provided by the director under this section, including, without limitation, all of the following provisions:

(a) A provision stating that an easement so purchased may be extinguished only if an unexpected change in the conditions of or surrounding the land that is subject to the easement makes impossible or impractical the continued use of the land for the purposes described in the easement, or if the requirements of the easement are extinguished by judicial proceedings;

(b) A provision requiring that, upon the sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion of the land subject to the easement, the holder of the easement shall be paid an amount of money that is at least equal to the proportionate value of the easement compared to the total value of the land at the time the easement was acquired;

(c) A provision requiring that, upon receipt of the portion of the proceeds of a sale, exchange, or involuntary conversion described in division (A)(2)(b) of this section, the municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district, or charitable organization remit to the director an amount of money equal to the percentage of the cost of purchasing the easement it received as a matching grant under this section.

Moneys received by the director pursuant to rules adopted under division (A)(2)(c) of this section shall be credited to the agricultural easement purchase fund created in section 901.21 of the Revised Code.

(3) Establish a provision that provides a charitable organization, municipal corporation, township, county, or soil and water conservation district with the option of purchasing agricultural easements either in installments or with a lump sum payment. The rules shall include a requirement that a charitable organization, municipal corporation, township, county, or soil and water conservation district negotiate with the seller of the agricultural easement concerning any installment payment terms, including the dates and amounts of payments and the interest rate on the outstanding balance. The rules also shall require the director to approve any method of payment that is undertaken in accordance with the rules adopted under division (A)(3) of this section.

(4) Establish any other requirements that the director considers to be necessary or appropriate to implement or administer a program to make matching grants under this section and monitor those grants.

(B) The director may develop guidelines regarding the acquisition of agricultural easements by the department of agriculture and the provisions of instruments conveying those easements. The director may make the guidelines available to public and private entities authorized to acquire and hold agricultural easements.

(C) The director may provide technical assistance in developing a program for the acquisition and monitoring of agricultural easements to public and private entities authorized to hold agricultural easements. The technical assistance may include, without limitation, reviewing and providing advisory recommendations regarding draft instruments conveying agricultural easements.

(D)

(1) The director may make matching grants from the agricultural easement purchase fund and the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund to municipal corporations, counties, townships, soil and water conservation districts, and charitable organizations to assist those political subdivisions and charitable organizations in purchasing agricultural easements. Application for a matching grant shall be made on forms prescribed and provided by the director. The matching grants shall be made in compliance with the criteria and procedures established in rules adopted under this section. Instruments conveying agricultural easements purchased with matching grant funds provided under this section, at a minimum, shall include the mandatory provisions set forth in those rules.

Matching grants made under this division using moneys from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund created in section 901.21 of the Revised Code may provide up to seventy-five per cent of the value of an agricultural easement as determined by a general real estate appraiser who is certified under Chapter 4763. of the Revised Code or as determined through a points-based appraisal system established under division (D)(2) of this section. Not less than twenty-five per cent of the value of the agricultural easement shall be provided by the recipient of the matching grant or donated by the person who is transferring the easement to the grant recipient. The amount of such a matching grant used for the purchase of a single agricultural easement shall not exceed one million dollars.

(2) The director shall establish a points-based appraisal system for the purposes of division (D)(1) of this section. The director may include any or all of the following factors in the system:

(a) Whether the applicable county auditor has determined that the land is land that is devoted exclusively to agriculture for the purposes of sections 5713.30 to 5713.38 of the Revised Code;

(b) Changes in land values following the completion of the applicable county auditor's reappraisal or triennial update;

(c) Soil types and productivity;

(d) Proximity of the land to land that is already subject to an agricultural easement, conservation easement created under sections 5301.67 to 5301.70 of the Revised Code, or similar land-use limitation;

(e) Proximity of the land to water and sewer lines, road interchanges, and nonagricultural development;

(f) Parcel size and roadway frontage of the land;

(g) Existence of an agreement entered into under division (D) of section 1515.08 of the Revised Code or of an operation and management plan developed under division (A) of section 1511.021 of the Revised Code;

(h) Existence of a comprehensive plan that is adopted under section 303.02 or 519.02 of the Revised Code or that is adopted by the planning commission of a municipal corporation under section 713.06 of the Revised Code;

(i) Any other factors that the director determines are necessary for inclusion in the system.

(E) An agricultural easement acquired as a result of a matching grant awarded under division (D) of this section may include a provision to preserve a unique natural or physical feature on the land so long as the use of the land remains predominantly agricultural.

(F) For any agricultural easement purchased with a matching grant that consists in whole or in part of moneys from the clean Ohio agricultural easement fund, the director shall be named as a grantee on the instrument conveying the easement, as shall the municipal corporation, county, township, soil and water conservation district, or charitable organization that receives the grant.

(G) (1) The director shall monitor and evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the agricultural easement program as a farmland preservation tool. On or before July 1, 1999, and the first day of July of each year thereafter, the director shall prepare and submit a report to the chairpersons of the standing committees of the senate and the house of representatives that consider legislation regarding agriculture. The report shall consider and address the following criteria to determine the program's effectiveness:

(a) The number of agricultural easements purchased during the preceding year;

(b) The location of those easements;

(c) The number of acres of land preserved for agricultural use;

(d) The amount of money used by a municipal corporation, township, county, or soil and water conservation district from any fund to purchase the agricultural easements;

(e) The number of state matching grants given to purchase the agricultural easements;

(f) The amount of state matching grant moneys used to purchase the agricultural easements.

(2) The report also shall consider and include, at a minimum, the following information for each county to determine the program's efficiency:

(a) The total number of acres in the county;

(b) The total number of acres in current agricultural use;

(c) The total number of acres preserved for agricultural use in the preceding year;

(d) The average cost, per acre, of land preserved for agricultural use in the preceding year.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 04-15-2005

901.23 Farmland preservation advisory board.

(A) There is hereby created the farmland preservation advisory board consisting of twelve voting members appointed by the director of agriculture as follows:

(1) One member who is a county commissioner or a representative of a statewide organization that represents county commissioners;

(2) One member who is a township trustee or a representative of a statewide organization that represents township trustees;

(3) One representative of the Ohio state university;

(4) One representative of a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of farmland;

(5) One representative each of development, environmental, planning, and soil and water conservation interests;

(6) One farmer from each of the state's four quadrants.

Terms of office shall be staggered and shall be for three years, with each term ending on the same day of the same month as did the term that it succeeds. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed, except that the term of any member who is a county commissioner or township trustee shall end when the member ceases to serve as a county commissioner or township trustee.

Members may be reappointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the manner provided for original appointments. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration date of the term for which the member was appointed shall serve for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue to serve subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Members shall serve at the pleasure of the director.

The executive director of the office of farmland preservation in the department of agriculture or another employee of the department who is designated by the director shall serve as the nonvoting chairperson of the board. The director annually shall designate one member of the board to serve as its vice-chairperson. The board may adopt bylaws governing its operation and shall meet at a time when the director, or the director's designee, considers it appropriate in order for the board to provide advice as required under division (B) of this section.

(B) The board shall provide advice to the director regarding all of the following:

(1) The design and implementation of an agricultural easement purchase program;

(2) The selection of applications that will be awarded matching grants under division (D) of section 901.22 of the Revised Code for the purchase of agricultural easements;

(3) The design and implementation of any other statewide farmland protection measures that the director considers appropriate.

(C) Serving as a member of the board does not constitute holding a public office or position of employment under the laws of this state and does not constitute grounds for removal of public officers or employees from their offices or positions of employment.

(D) A board member shall be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of duties as a board member.

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. 25, HB 59, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2013.

Effective Date: 07-26-2001; 06-30-2006

901.24 Legal adviser - furnishing of supplies.

The attorney general is the legal adviser of the department of agriculture in all matters relating to its powers and duties. The department of administrative services shall furnish to the department such stationery as it requires for the proper discharge of its duties and all blankbooks necessary to record its transactions.

Effective Date: 12-04-1973

901.25 Prosecutions.

Upon the request of the director of agriculture, the attorney general, or under his direction, the prosecuting attorney of any county, shall aid in any investigation, hearing, or trial had under the laws which the department of agriculture or the director is required to administer, and shall institute and prosecute all necessary actions or proceedings for the enforcement of such laws, and for the punishment of all violations thereof, arising within the county in which he was elected.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.26 Power to conduct hearings.

The director of agriculture in conducting investigations, inquiries, or hearings, and every person appointed by him, may administer oaths, certify to official acts, take depositions, issue subpoenas, compel the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, accounts, papers, records, documents, and testimony.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.261 Assessment of costs of action for noncompliance.

The director of agriculture, in conducting investigations, inquiries, or hearings, may assess the party to an action that is brought before the department of agriculture pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code the actual costs incurred by the department for depositions, investigations, issuance and service of subpoenas, witness fees, employment of a stenographer and hearing officer, and the production of books, accounts, papers, records, documents, and testimony if the applicable hearing officer determines that the party to the action has failed to comply with any chapter of the Revised Code or any rule adopted under any of those chapters that is administered by the director or if the hearing officer determines that the action was frivolous conduct by the party. Assessment of costs under this section may be appealed to a court of competent jurisdiction.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to apply to investigations, inquiries, or hearings conducted under Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 2007 HB119 09-29-2007

901.27 Investigations.

For the purpose of making any investigation with regard to any company, firm, corporation, person, association, or copartnership, subject to the laws which the department of agriculture is required to administer, the director of agriculture may appoint, by an order in writing, an agent whose duty shall be prescribed in such order. In the discharge of his duties such agent shall have every power of an inquisitorial nature granted to the director and the same powers as a notary public with regard to the taking of depositions. Except in his report to the director or when called on to testify in any court proceedings, no such agent shall divulge any information acquired by him in respect to the transaction, property, or business of any company, firm, corporation, person, association, or copartnership while acting or claiming to act under such order. Any agent who divulges information in contravention of this section shall be disqualified from acting as such agent in any other capacity under the appointment or employment of the director.

Any number of investigations may be conducted contemporaneously.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.28 Inspection of records.

The director of agriculture, or any person designated by the director, shall, upon demand, have the right to inspect books, accounts, records, and memoranda of any company, firm, corporation, persons, association, or copartnership, subject to the sections of the Revised Code administered by the department of agriculture, and to examine under oath any person, including any officer, agent, or employee of any such company, firm, corporation, person, association, or copartnership. Any person, other than the director, who makes such a demand, shall produce his authority to make such inspection.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.29 Production of records.

The director of agriculture may require, by order of subpoena, to be served on any company, firm, corporation, person, association, or copartnership in the same manner that a summons is served in a civil action at such time and place as he designates, the production of any books, accounts, papers, or records kept by it in any office or place within or without the state, or of verified copies in lieu thereof, if the director so orders, in order that an examination thereof may be made by him or under his direction. Each such company, firm, corporation, person, or co-partnership that fails or refuses to comply with such order or subpoena, shall, for each day it so fails or refuses, pay into the state treasury a sum of not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred dollars.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.30 Application for and receipt of rural rehabilitation trust assets.

The director of agriculture is hereby designated as the state official to make application to, and as the state agent to receive from, the secretary of agriculture of the United States, or any other proper federal official, pursuant to the "Rural Rehabilitation Corporation Trust Liquidation Act," 64 Stat. 98, 40 U.S.C. 440 et seq. (1950), the trust assets, either funds or property, held by the United States as trustee in behalf of the Ohio rural rehabilitation corporation.

Effective Date: 08-09-1963

901.31 Agreements for use of assets.

The director of agriculture may enter into agreements with the secretary of agriculture of the United States pursuant to § 2(f) of the ["]Rural Rehabilitation Corporation Trust Liquidation Act," 64 Stat. 98, 40 U.S.C. 440 et seq. (1950), referred to in § 901.30 of the Revised Code, upon such terms and for such periods of time as are mutually agreeable, authorizing the secretary of agriculture of the United States to accept, administer, expend, and use in the state any part of such trust assets for carrying out the purposes of Title I and II of the "Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act," 50 Stat. 522, 7 U.S.C. 1001 et seq. in accordance with the applicable provisions of Title IV thereof, as amended, and to do all things necessary to carry out the purposes of said agreements.

Effective Date: 08-09-1963

901.32 Ohio farm loan fund.

Funds and the proceeds of the trust assets that are not authorized to be administered by the secretary of agriculture of the United States under section 901.31 of the Revised Code shall be paid to and received by the director of agriculture, and paid by the director into the state treasury to the credit of the Ohio farm loan fund, which is hereby created. Money credited to the fund may be expended or obligated by the director for rural rehabilitation purposes benefiting the state.

All moneys received from investment of the fund shall be credited to the fund.

All moneys received by the director resulting from the operation of the fund shall be credited to the fund.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 07-01-1985

901.33 Powers of director - delegation.

The director of agriculture may:

(A) Collect, compromise, adjust, or cancel claims and obligations arising out of or administered under sections 901.30 to 901.34 , inclusive, of the Revised Code, or under any mortgage, lease, contract, or agreement entered into or administered pursuant to such sections and, if in his judgment, necessary and advisable, pursue the same to the final collection in any court;

(B) Bid for and purchase at any execution, foreclosure, or other sale, or otherwise acquire property upon which the secretary of agriculture of the United States has a lien by reason of judgment or execution, or which is pledged, mortgaged, conveyed, or otherwise secures any loan or other indebtedness owing to or acquired by the secretary under such sections;

(C) Accept title to any property purchased or acquired under division (B) of this section, operate or lease such property for such period as is deemed necessary to protect the investment therein, and sell or otherwise dispose of such property in a manner consistent with such sections.

The authority contained in this section may be delegated to the secretary of agriculture with respect to funds or assets authorized to be administered and used by him under agreements entered into pursuant to section 901.31 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.34 The United States not liable.

The United States and the secretary of agriculture thereof are free from liability by virtue of the transfer of the assets to the director of agriculture of the state pursuant to sections 901.30 to 901.34, inclusive, of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

901.35 Administrative rules pertaining to mink.

For the purpose of all classification and administration of acts of the general assembly, executive orders, administrative orders, and regulations pertaining to mink, the following rules apply:

(A) Mink raised in captivity for breeding or other useful purposes are deemed domestic animals.

(B) Mink are deemed agricultural products.

(C) The breeding, raising, producing, or marketing of mink or their products by the producer is deemed an agricultural pursuit.

All the functions of the department of natural resources, division of wildlife, which affect the breeding, raising, producing, marketing, or any other phase of the production or distribution, of domestically raised mink, or products thereof, are hereby transferred to and vested in the department of agriculture.

Effective Date: 01-10-1961

901.41 Livestock exhibition at Ohio expositions center definitions.

As used in this section and in section 901.42 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Director" means the director of agriculture or the designee of the director of agriculture.

(B) "Exhibition" means a display of animals that is open to the public.

(C) "National exhibition" means an exhibition where species from fifteen or more states or nations are exhibited.

(D) "Nonprofit association" means any corporation, society, partnership, or other organization formed under the laws of this state or another state or nation providing for the establishment and governance of nonprofit entities.

(E) "Ohio expositions center" means the property that is held by this state for the purpose of conducting fairs, expositions, and exhibits and that is maintained and managed by the Ohio expositions commission under section 991.03 of the Revised Code.

(F) "Premium awards" means money, ribbons, banners, medals, achievement pins, trophies, or merchandise presented for animals of superior quality.

(G) "Rental costs" means the costs associated with the rental of the facilities, or a portion thereof, at the Ohio expositions center, including, without limitation, grounds, buildings, pens, animal feeding or watering equipment, and tieouts. "Rental costs" also includes labor costs associated with set-up, tear-down, and security.

(H) "Species" means dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, rabbits, poultry, alpacas, llamas, and sheep.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999; 2008 HB352 08-06-2008

901.42 Financial assistance for livestock species exhibitions at expositions center.

(A) The director of agriculture may provide financial assistance to a statewide, multi-state, or national nonprofit livestock association to defray not more than fifty per cent of the rental costs of the Ohio expositions center for purposes of conducting a livestock species exhibition at the center. In order to obtain financial assistance under this division, a nonprofit livestock association shall apply to the director on a form prescribed by the director and in the manner prescribed in rules adopted under division (C) of this section.

Rental cost assistance authorized by this division shall be provided subject to both of the following conditions:

(1) No nonprofit livestock association shall receive in any fiscal year rental cost assistance exceeding fifty per cent of the funds available to the director in that fiscal year for the purposes of this section and designated for the purpose of defraying rental costs for livestock species exhibitions.

(2) The rental cost assistance shall be paid by the director to the Ohio expositions commission on behalf of the nonprofit livestock association by means of intrastate transfer voucher.

If the director receives more than one application for financial assistance for rental costs, the director shall consider the cost of and local economic benefit generated by each applicant's exhibition when allocating financial assistance.

(B) The director may expend not more than two per cent of the moneys available for the purposes of this section in a fiscal year to defray the costs to the department of agriculture for administering this section or to assist in recruiting livestock exhibitions to be held at the Ohio expositions center.

(C) The director, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, shall adopt rules to carry out this section, including, without limitation, rules establishing procedures for the allocation and distribution of moneys available for the purposes of this section.

Effective Date: 06-30-1997; 2008 HB562 09-22-2008

901.43 Administrative rules for rendering laboratory services.

(A) The director of agriculture may authorize any department of agriculture laboratory to perform a laboratory service for any person, organization, political subdivision, state agency, federal agency, or other entity, whether public or private. The director shall adopt and enforce rules to provide for the rendering of a laboratory service.

(B) The director may charge a reasonable fee for the performance of a laboratory service, except when the service is performed on an official sample taken by the director acting pursuant to Title IX, Chapter 3715., or Chapter 3717. of the Revised Code; by a board of health acting as the licensor of retail food establishments or food service operations under Chapter 3717. of the Revised Code; or by the director of health acting as the licensor of food service operations under Chapter 3717. of the Revised Code. The director of agriculture shall adopt rules specifying what constitutes an official sample.

The director shall publish a list of laboratory services offered, together with the fee for each service.

(C) The director may enter into a contract with any person, organization, political subdivision, state agency, federal agency, or other entity for the provision of a laboratory service.

(D)

(1) The director may adopt rules establishing standards for accreditation of laboratories and laboratory services and in doing so may adopt by reference existing or recognized standards or practices.

(2) The director may inspect and accredit laboratories and laboratory services, and may charge a reasonable fee for the inspections and accreditation.

(E)

(1) There is hereby created in the state treasury the animal and consumer protection laboratory fund. Moneys from the following sources shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the fund: all moneys collected by the director under this section that are from fees generated by a laboratory service performed by the department and related to the diseases of animals, all moneys so collected that are from fees generated for the inspection and accreditation of laboratories and laboratory services related to the diseases of animals, all moneys collected by the director under this section that are from fees generated by a laboratory service performed by the consumer protection laboratory, all moneys so collected that are from fees generated for the inspection and accreditation of laboratories and laboratory services not related to weights and measures, and all moneys collected under Chapters 942., 943., and 953. of the Revised Code. The director may use the moneys held in the fund to pay the expenses necessary to operate the animal industry laboratory and the consumer protection laboratory, including the purchase of supplies and equipment.

(2) All moneys collected by the director under this section that are from fees generated by a laboratory service performed by the weights and measures laboratory, and all moneys so collected that are from fees generated for the inspection and accreditation of laboratories and laboratory services related to weights and measures, shall be deposited in the state treasury to the credit of the weights and measures laboratory fund, which is hereby created in the state treasury. The moneys held in the fund may be used to pay the expenses necessary to operate the division of weights and measures, including the purchase of supplies and equipment.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.42, HB 229, §1, eff. 10/17/2011.

Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

Effective Date: 06-06-2001; 06-30-2005

901.44 Laboratory and administrative support fund.

There is hereby created in the state treasury the laboratory and administrative support fund. The department of agriculture shall deposit the following moneys received by the department to the credit of the fund: payment for the rental of the department's auditoriums by outside parties and reimbursement for related utility expenses, laboratory fees that are not designated for deposit into another fund, and other miscellaneous moneys that are not designated for deposit into another fund. The department may use moneys in the fund to pay costs associated with any program of the department as the director of agriculture sees fit.

Effective Date: 06-30-2005

901.50 [Effective 9/4/2014] Regulation of invasive plant species.

(A) "Invasive plant species" means plant species that are not native to this state whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health as determined by scientific studies. "Invasive plant species" does not include cultivated plants grown as food or livestock feed in accordance with generally accepted agricultural practices, including all plants authorized by the animal and plant health inspection service in the United States department of agriculture.

(B) Except as provided in division (C) of this section, the director of agriculture has sole and exclusive authority to regulate invasive plant species in this state, including the identification of invasive plant species and establishment of prohibited activities regarding them. The director may adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code to administer this section.

(C) Nothing in this section precludes the director of environmental protection from continuing to consider the existence of invasive plant species when evaluating applications and permits for impacts to or mitigation and monitoring of wetlands that are subject to regulation under Chapter 6111. of the Revised Code and rules adopted under it, including using a list of invasive plant species compiled by that director. However, upon the taking effect of any rules adopted by the director of agriculture under division (B) of this section, the director of environmental protection shall use the list of invasive plant species established in those rules when conducting the activities described in this division.

Added by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, SB 192, §1, eff. 9/4/2014.

901.51 Injuring vines, bushes, trees, or crops on land of another.

No person, without privilege to do so, shall recklessly cut down, destroy, girdle, or otherwise injure a vine, bush, shrub, sapling, tree, or crop standing or growing on the land of another or upon public land.

In addition to the penalty provided in section 901.99 of the Revised Code, whoever violates this section is liable in treble damages for the injury caused.

Effective Date: 01-01-1974

901.511 Prohibiting terrorism involving agricultural products or equipment.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Agricultural product" means any of the following items that is produced for testing or research in the context of a product development program in conjunction or coordination with a private research facility, a university, or any federal, state, or local governmental agency or that is produced for personal, commercial, pharmaceutical, or educational purposes: field crop or field crop product; timber or timber product; forestry product; livestock or livestock product; meat or meat product; milk or dairy product; poultry or poultry product; equine animal; wool; fruit or vegetable crop; aquacultural product; algacultural product; horticultural crop, including plant materials grown in a greenhouse, nursery stock grown inside or outside of a container, ornamental grass, turf grass, ornamental trees, ornamental shrubs, or flowers; sod; mushrooms; viticultural product; apicultural product; tobacco; pasture; wild animal or domestic deer, as "wild animal" and "domestic deer" are defined in section 1531.01 of the Revised Code; monitored captive deer, captive deer with status, or captive deer with certified chronic wasting disease status as defined in section 943.01 of the Revised Code; or any combination of those items.

(2) "Algacultural product" means algal paste, algal powder, or dried algae that is comprised primarily of algal biomass.

(3) "Equipment" means any implement, machinery, real or personal property, building, or structure that is used in the production, growing, harvesting, or housing of any agricultural product. "Equipment" also includes any laboratory, research, product, samples, supplies, or fixed equipment that is used to test, develop, or analyze the process of producing, growing, or maintaining any agricultural product.

(4) "Material support or resources" means currency, payment instruments, other financial securities, financial services, lodging, training, safehouses, false documentation or identification, communications equipment, facilities, weapons, lethal substances, explosives, personnel, transportation, and other physical assets, except medicine or religious materials.

(5) "Payment instrument" means a check, draft, money order, traveler's check, cashier's check, teller's check, or other instrument or order for the transmission or payment of money regardless of whether the item in question is negotiable.

(6) "Specified offense" means either of the following:

(a) A violation of section 2909.02 , 2909.03 , 2909.05 , 2909.06 , 2909.07 , 2911.13 , 2911.21 , 2913.02 , 2913.04 , or 2913.42 of the Revised Code;

(b) An attempt to commit, complicity in committing, or a conspiracy to commit an offense listed in division (A)(5)(a) of this section.

(B) No person shall commit a specified offense involving any agricultural product or equipment with the intent to do any of the following:

(1) Intimidate or coerce a civilian population;

(2) Influence the policy of any government by intimidation or coercion;

(3) Affect the conduct of any government;

(4) Interrupt or interfere with agricultural production, agricultural research, or equipment for purposes of disrupting or influencing, through intimidation or other means, consumer confidence or agricultural production methods.

Division (B) of this section does not apply to the practice of veterinary medicine by a person who has been issued a valid license, temporary permit, or registration certificate to practice veterinary medicine under Chapter 4741. of the Revised Code. As used in this division, "practice of veterinary medicine" has the same meaning as in section 4741.01 of the Revised Code.

(C) No person shall raise, solicit, collect, donate, or provide any material support or resources with the purpose that the material support or resources will be used in whole or in part to plan, prepare, carry out, or aid in either a violation of division (B) of this section or in the concealment of, or an escape from, a violation of that division.

(D)

(1) In addition to the penalties established in section 901.99 of the Revised Code for a violation of this section, the court may require any person who violates this section to pay the victim of the offense an amount up to triple the value of the agricultural product or equipment that was the subject of the violation.

(2) In ordering restitution under division (D)(1) of this section, the court shall consider as part of the value of the agricultural product or equipment the market value of the agricultural product or equipment prior to the violation and the production, research, testing, replacement, and development costs directly related to the agricultural product or equipment that was the subject of the violation.

(E) The enactment of this section is not intended to require the prosecution exclusively under this section of an act, series of acts, or course of behavior that could be prosecuted either under this section or under another section of the Revised Code. One or more acts, series of acts, or courses of behavior that may be prosecuted either under this section or under another section of the Revised Code may be prosecuted under this section, the other section, or both sections.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.89, HB 389, §1, eff. 6/29/2012.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.82, HB 276, §1, eff. 6/4/2012.

Effective Date: 10-13-2004

901.52 Assurance of safety or assumption of responsibility not imputed.

(A) As used in this section, "tort action" has the same meaning as in section 2305.35 of the Revised Code.

(B) In a tort action, in the absence of willful or wanton misconduct or intentionally tortious conduct, no owner, lessee, renter, or operator of premises that are open to the public for direct access to growing agricultural produce shall be imputed to do either of the following:

(1) Extend any assurance to a person that the premises are safe from naturally occurring hazards merely by the act of giving permission to the person to enter the premises or by receiving consideration for the produce picked by the person;

(2) Assume responsibility or liability for injury, death, or loss to person or property allegedly resulting from the natural condition of the terrain of the premises or from the condition of the terrain resulting from cultivation of soil.

Effective Date: 04-07-2005

901.53 Applicability of fire prevention and safety provisions.

(A) As used in this section, "agricultural structure" means any building or structure that is used in production, growing, harvesting, or housing for the purposes of agriculture.

(B) With regard to fire prevention and safety, agriculture and agricultural structures are subject only to the state fire code established in rules adopted under section 3737.82 of the Revised Code and not to any other requirements governing fire prevention and safety.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 9/10/2012.

901.54 Office of farmland preservation.

There is hereby created the office of farmland preservation within the department of agriculture. The office shall do all of the following:

(A) Prepare guidelines and criteria for use in the development of comprehensive local land use plans that encourage the efficient use of public infrastructure and the preservation of farmland;

(B) Establish a farmland preservation program to coordinate and assist local farmland preservation initiatives;

(C) Educate existing agencies and organizations on the importance of farmland preservation and on the significance of agriculture and agribusiness to this state's economy;

(D) Serve as a liaison with other farmland preservation entities operating on a state, regional, or national level;

(E) Prepare an inventory of farmland within this state to monitor the development of lands within this state having prime soils or unique microclimates.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

Effective Date: 06-30-1997

901.61 Agricultural financing commission creation.

(A) There is hereby created the agricultural financing commission as a commission of the state within the department of agriculture.

(B) The commission may employ an executive director and a secretary-treasurer and such other employees as the commission considers necessary or appropriate and may fix the compensation thereof. The department shall provide staff and provide space to the commission so far as that is practical, and the commission shall restrict employment, in addition to an executive director, to the filling of special needs which cannot be filled from the department.

(C) All expenses incurred by the commission in carrying out its powers and duties shall be payable solely from funds provided under this chapter or Chapter 902. of the Revised Code or appropriated for such purposes by the general assembly, and no liability or obligation shall be incurred by the commission beyond the extent to which moneys have been provided under those chapters or such appropriations. The carrying out of the purposes and the exercise by the commission of its powers conferred by this chapter shall be held to be, and are hereby determined to be, essential public functions and public purposes of the state.

(D) There is hereby established in the state treasury the agricultural financing commission administration fund. Subject to the rights of holders of bonds issued under Chapter 902. of the Revised Code, revenues of the commission of the type and amounts determined by the commission, or not otherwise provided for by the commission shall be credited to the fund. All expenses and costs of the commission, including costs that may be paid from proceeds of bonds issued under Chapter 902. of the Revised Code, and including reimbursement of, or payment to any other fund, the department of agriculture, and any other department, board, or agency for advances made or services rendered to the commission, may be paid from the fund as determined by or pursuant to directions of the commission. Income from investments of moneys in the fund shall be credited to the fund.

(E) Rules of the commission having a general and uniform operation shall be adopted by the commission in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. The commission shall not be required to adopt rules pursuant to section 111.15 or Chapter 119. of the Revised Code if the subject of the rule is any of the following:

(1) A rule, amendment, or rescission relating to an individual or single issuance of bonds or bonds sold under a single composite marketing arrangement pursuant to Chapter 902. of the Revised Code or the application of the proceeds thereof;

(2) A rule, amendment, or rescission of an emergency nature;

(3) A rule, amendment, or rescission concerning the internal management of the commission;

(4) A rule, amendment, or rescission proposed by the commission to comply with a federal law or rule so long as the proposed rule, amendment, or rescission contains both of the following:

(a) A statement that it is proposed for the purpose of complying with a federal law or rule;

(b) A citation to the federal law or rule that requires compliance.

Effective Date: 07-01-1985

901.62 Agricultural financing commission organization.

(A) The agricultural financing commission shall consist of nine members. Six of the members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. The director of agriculture, the director of development, and the treasurer of state or, in their absence, their designees, shall also be voting members of the commission. Of the six appointed members, three shall have experience in agriculture, and three shall have experience in agricultural finance, including lending and loan servicing. No more than four of the appointed members of the commission shall be of the same political party. The speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate shall each recommend to the governor one person for consideration as one of the governor's appointments. Terms of office for appointed members shall be for six years commencing on the first day of February and ending on the thirty-first day of January. Each member shall hold office from the date of appointment until the end of the term for which appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. Any appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Each appointed member may be removed from office by the governor for misfeasance, nonfeasance, or malfeasance in office, or for failure to attend in person three consecutive meetings of the commission.

(B) The director of agriculture shall be the chairperson of the commission. The commission shall elect one of its appointed members as vice-chairperson and such other officers as it considers necessary, who need not be members of the commission. Each appointed member of the commission shall receive compensation at the rate of fifty dollars per commission meeting attended in person, not to exceed a maximum of three thousand dollars per year. All members shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their official duties. Members of the commission shall file with the Ohio ethics commission the disclosure statement described in division (A) of section 102.02 of the Revised Code on the form prescribed by the Ohio ethics commission and subject to divisions (C) and (D) of that section.

(C) Five members of the commission constitute a quorum, and the affirmative vote of five members shall be necessary for any action taken by the commission. No vacancy in membership of the commission impairs the right of a quorum to exercise all the rights and perform all the duties of the commission. Meetings of the commission may be held at any place within the state. Meetings of the commission, including notice of the place of meetings, shall comply with section 121.22 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-29-1999

901.63 Agricultural financing commission - powers and duties.

(A) The agricultural financing commission shall do both of the following until October 15, 2005:

(1) Make recommendations to the director of agriculture about financial assistance applications made pursuant to sections 901.80 to 901.83 of the Revised Code. In making its recommendations, the commission shall utilize criteria established by rules adopted under division (A)(8)(b) of section 901.82 of the Revised Code.

(2) Advise the director in the administration of sections 901.80 to 901.83 of the Revised Code.

With respect to sections 901.80 to 901.83 of the Revised Code, the role of the commission is solely advisory. No officer, member, or employee of the commission is liable for damages in a civil action for any injury, death, or loss to person or property that allegedly arises out of purchasing any loan or providing a loan guarantee, failure to purchase a loan or provide a loan guarantee, or failure to take action under sections 901.80 to 901.83 of the Revised Code, or that allegedly arises out of any act or omission of the department of agriculture that involves those sections.

(B) The commission may:

(1) Adopt bylaws for the conduct of its business;

(2) Exercise all rights, powers, and duties conferred on the commission as an issuer under Chapter 902. of the Revised Code;

(3) Contract with, retain, or designate financial consultants, accountants, and such other consultants and independent contractors as the commission may determine to be necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this chapter and to fix the terms of those contracts;

(4) Undertake and carry out or authorize the completion of studies and analyses of agricultural conditions and needs within the state relevant to the purpose of this chapter to the extent not otherwise undertaken by other departments or agencies of the state satisfactory for that purpose;

(5) Acquire by gift, purchase, foreclosure, or other means, and hold, assign, pledge, lease, transfer, or otherwise dispose of, real and personal property, or any interest in that real and personal property, in the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties under this chapter and Chapter 902. of the Revised Code;

(6) Receive and accept gifts, grants, loans, or any other financial or other form of aid from any federal, state, local, or private agency or fund and enter into any contract with any such agency or fund in connection therewith, and receive and accept aid or contributions from any other source of money, property, labor, or things of value, to be held, used, and applied only for the purposes for which the grants and contributions are made, all within the purposes of this chapter and Chapter 902. of the Revised Code;

(7) Sue and be sued in its own name with respect to its contracts or to enforce this chapter or its obligations or covenants made under this chapter and Chapter 902. of the Revised Code;

(8) Make and enter into all contracts, commitments, and agreements, and execute all instruments necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers under this chapter and Chapter 902. of the Revised Code;

(9) Adopt an official seal;

(10) Do any and all things necessary or appropriate to carry out the public purposes and exercise the powers granted to the commission in this chapter and Chapter 902. of the Revised Code and the public purposes of Section 13 of Article VIII, Ohio Constitution.

Any instrument by which real property is acquired pursuant to this section shall identify the agency of the state that has the use and benefit of the real property as specified in section 5301.012 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 06-26-2003

901.64 Annual report.

(A) The agricultural financing commission shall prepare an annual report setting forth bonds issued and outstanding and new loans made during the period under Chapter 902. of the Revised Code, and such other information as may further describe the activities of the commission during the period. Such reports shall be for the calendar year, unless the commission determines that a more comprehensible review can be presented on a state fiscal year basis, and shall be submitted to the governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, the president of the senate, and the director of budget and management within three months after the end of such annual period.

(B) The departments, boards, agencies, institutions, and other bodies of the state shall cooperate fully with the commission and shall provide such information as is necessary or helpful for the conduct of the functions of the commission. The commission may make arrangements with such other bodies for them to perform functions authorized by this chapter to be performed by the commission and to be compensated for such performance under such arrangements, and such other bodies are authorized to make such arrangements with the commission and perform such functions pursuant to such arrangements.

Effective Date: 01-11-1985

901.70 Livestock exhibition definitions.

As used in sections 901.70 to 901.76 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Exhibition" means any of the following:

(1) A show or sale of livestock at a fair or elsewhere that is sponsored by or under the control of a county or independent agricultural society organized under section 1711.01 or 1711.02 of the Revised Code;

(2) A show or sale of livestock at the Ohio state fair;

(3) A livestock show at a fair or elsewhere or a livestock sale at or associated with a fair or livestock show that is assembled for any length of time;

(4) A livestock show at a fair or elsewhere or a livestock sale at or associated with a fair or livestock show that includes livestock with origins outside this state;

(5) Any show or sale of livestock at a fair or elsewhere that is specified by rule of the director of agriculture adopted under section 901.72 of the Revised Code.

(B) "Livestock" means any animal generally used for food or in the production of food, including cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, swine, and any other animal included by the director by rules adopted under section 901.72 of the Revised Code, alpacas, and llamas.

(C) "Sponsor" means any of the following:

(1) A county or independent agricultural society organized under section 1711.01 or 1711.02 of the Revised Code;

(2) The Ohio state fair;

(3) Any other public or private entity sponsoring an exhibition.

Effective Date: 06-14-1995; 2008 HB352 08-06-2008

901.71 Advisory committee on livestock exhibitions.

(A) There is hereby created the advisory committee on livestock exhibitions consisting of not more than twenty-one members, as follows:

(1) The director of agriculture, or the director's designee, who may be the chief of the division of fairs;

(2) The state veterinarian, or the state veterinarian's designee;

(3) A representative of the Ohio cattlemen's association, the Ohio purebred dairy cattle association, the Ohio pork producers council, the Ohio poultry association, the Ohio sheep improvement association, the Ohio fair managers association, the Ohio farm bureau federation, the Ohio farmers union, the Ohio department of education's agricultural education service, the Ohio state university extension, the national farmers organization, and the Ohio state grange, or their designees. Each of these members shall be chosen by the organization the member represents.

(4) The chairperson of the Ohio expositions commission, or the chairperson's designee;

(5) Three persons who shall be appointed by the director, each of whom shall serve as a member of a board of directors of a county or independent agricultural society organized under section 1711.01 or 1711.02 of the Revised Code. Of the initial appointments made by the director, one shall be for a term ending on December 31, 1996; one shall be for a term ending on December 31, 1997; and one shall be for a term ending on December 31, 1998.

(6) Not more than three additional members appointed at the option of the director. If the director appoints one or more additional members, the first additional appointment shall be for a term ending on December 31, 1996, the second additional appointment shall be for a term ending on December 31, 1997, and the third additional appointment shall be for a term ending on December 31, 1998.

Following the completion of the initial terms of the appointments made by the director, each term of office shall be three years, commencing on the first day of January and ending on the thirty-first day of December. A member appointed by the director shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the term for which the member was appointed. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the unexpired term. Any member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of ninety days has elapsed, whichever occurs first.

Members may be removed from the committee only for misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance. A vacancy on the committee shall not impair the right of the other members to exercise all of the functions of the committee. A simple majority constitutes a quorum for the conduct of business of the committee. On request, each member shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of the member's duties as a committee member.

(B) The committee shall be considered a part of the department of agriculture for the administrative purposes required by this section, including the payment of expenses authorized to each member of the committee under this section. The director or the director's designee shall serve as chairperson of the committee. The director shall designate an employee or official of the department to act as the secretary of the committee. The secretary shall keep the minutes of the committee's meetings and a permanent journal of all meetings, proceedings, findings, determinations, and recommendations of the committee, including an itemized statement of the expenses allowed to each member of the committee under this section. The committee may request from the director, and the director shall provide, meeting space, assistance, services, and information to enable the committee to carry out its duties.

(C) The committee shall meet at least once annually after the fifteenth day of October and before the first day of December. The committee may meet at other times as the chairperson or a majority of the committee members considers appropriate, provided the chairperson gives members written notice of any meeting at least seven days prior to the meeting.

(D) The committee may propose rules and may advise and counsel the director on all matters relating to the administration of exhibitions and any other matters that the committee and the director consider appropriate in carrying out sections 901.71 to 901.76 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 06-14-1995

901.72 Administrative rules for livestock exhibitions.

(A) The director of agriculture, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, may adopt rules for the governance and administration of exhibitions, and to provide for related food safety and the health, safety, and welfare of livestock, and may adopt by reference rules adopted by other public or private agencies such as the Ohio farm animal care commission. Rules of the director may specify those grooming, commercial, or medical practices that are generally accepted within the community of persons exhibiting livestock and may specify false, deceptive, misleading, unethical, or unprofessional practices that constitute grounds for disciplinary action under section 901.74 of the Revised Code.

(B) Rules of the director that apply to exhibition-related food safety and the health, safety, and welfare of livestock shall apply to every exhibition operated within this state and to every sponsor. A sponsor may exempt itself from any other rules adopted by the director under this section that do not apply to food safety or the health, safety, or welfare of livestock, including, without limitation, rules for the governance and administration of exhibitions, by, not later than thirty days before the commencement of its exhibition, filing with the director, on a form prescribed and provided by the director, a list of the rules that shall not apply to its exhibition.

(C) The director may provide mediation, dispute resolution, and arbitration services in any dispute involving an alleged violation of a rule adopted under division (A) of this section from which the sponsor could have exempted itself under division (B) of this section, but chose not to.

(D) Nothing in this section or in sections 901.73 or 901.74 of the Revised Code precludes any sponsor from doing any of the following:

(1) Adopting rules or written policies for the governance and administration of its own exhibition, including, without limitation the adoption of any rule by reference to a rule adopted by other public or private agencies;

(2) Adopting rules or written policies providing for appeals regarding alleged violations of rules or written policies adopted by the sponsor;

(3) Taking any disciplinary action established in the rules or written policies adopted by the sponsor in connection with violations of the sponsor's rules or written policies for the governance and administration of its exhibition. Any such disciplinary action taken by a sponsor in regard to its own exhibition is in addition to any disciplinary action taken by the director under section 901.74 of the Revised Code.

(4) Establishing by rule or written policy criteria and procedures for the reinstatement of any person disqualified from participation in the sponsor's exhibition by a disciplinary action taken by the sponsor and for deciding requests for reinstatement submitted under those rules.

Effective Date: 06-14-1995

901.73 Investigations concerning livestock exhibitions.

(A)

(1) The director of agriculture may inspect and investigate any matter involving livestock that is not present at an exhibition, but is registered or entered in an exhibition, or raised with the apparent intent of being so registered or entered, when the director reasonably suspects any of the following:

(a) There has been a violation of section 901.76 or 2925.09 of the Revised Code or a rule adopted under section 901.72 of the Revised Code;

(b) The livestock's health, safety, or welfare may be threatened;

(c) The livestock constitutes a threat to or may adversely affect food safety.

(2) The director may conduct random inspections and investigations regarding any matter involving livestock present at an exhibition.

(3) With the consent of the property owner and the livestock owner, the director or the director's designee may enter at all reasonable times any premises, facility, pen, yard, vehicle, or means of conveyance for the purpose of sampling and testing livestock registered or entered in an exhibition or raised with the apparent intent of being so registered or entered. If the director or the director's designee is denied access to any premises, facility, pen, yard, vehicle, or means of conveyance by the property owner or to livestock by the livestock owner, and if the director reasonably suspects that food safety or the health, safety, or welfare of livestock is threatened, the director may apply to a court of competent jurisdiction in the county in which the premises, facility, pen, yard, vehicle, means of conveyance, or livestock are located for a search warrant authorizing access to the premises, facility, pen, yard, vehicle, means of conveyance, or livestock for the purposes of this section. The court shall issue the search warrant for the purposes requested if there is probable cause to believe that livestock is involved that is registered or entered in an exhibition or raised with the apparent intent of being so registered or entered, and that food safety or the health, safety, or welfare of livestock is threatened. The finding of probable cause may be based on hearsay, provided there is a substantial basis for believing that the source of the hearsay is credible and that there is a factual basis for the information furnished.

The director may designate employees of the department of agriculture, employees of the United States department of agriculture, licensed veterinarians, or employees or students of an approved or accredited veterinary school or college to perform the inspecting, sampling, and testing. The director may contract with laboratories, universities, or other persons or institutions, both public and private, to perform the livestock testing.

(B) While the director or the director's designee is sampling or testing the livestock, the owner or custodian of the livestock shall render assistance in accordance with sections 941.05 and 941.08 of the Revised Code. Any person who refuses to cooperate with the director or the director's designee in the inspection, sampling, and testing of livestock may be prohibited by the director acting under section 901.74 of the Revised Code from participating in any exhibition.

(C) A person may register, enter, or exhibit at an exhibition only livestock owned by that person for the length of time specified by rule of the director, unless one of the following applies:

(1) The livestock owner suffers from a recognized physical handicap that prevents the owner from showing the livestock;

(2) The sponsor provides written permission to someone other than the livestock owner to register, enter, or exhibit the livestock;

(3) A rule of the director provides that this division shall not apply to an exhibition.

Effective Date: 07-01-1996

901.74 Disciplinary actions.

(A) Any person involved in any activity in connection with exhibiting livestock at an exhibition or with raising livestock with the apparent intent that the livestock eventually is to be entered in an exhibition is subject to disciplinary action by the department of agriculture for any of the following reasons:

(1) The person has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of section 901.76 or 2925.09 of the Revised Code, or has been found by the director of agriculture to have tampered with or sabotaged livestock;

(2) The director reasonably suspects that the person's conduct in regard to raising or exhibiting the livestock threatens, endangers, or adversely affects food safety or the health, safety, or welfare of livestock;

(3) The person has refused to cooperate with the director or the director's designee in the inspection, sampling, and testing of livestock under section 901.73 of the Revised Code, unless the person withheld consent to the inspection, sampling, and testing and no search warrant was issued;

(4) The person has violated a rule adopted by the director under section 901.72 of the Revised Code from which the sponsor of the exhibition at which the violation occurred could have exempted itself under that section, but chose not to.

(B) If one or more of the grounds for disciplinary action listed in division (A)(1), (2), or (3) of this section exist, the director, upon the director's own initiative, may conduct an adjudication in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and may take any disciplinary action established by the director by rules adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. If one or more of the grounds for disciplinary action listed in division (A) of this section exist, the director, upon the request of a sponsor, may conduct an adjudication in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code and may take any disciplinary action established by the director by rules adopted in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. Disciplinary action imposed under this section by the director may include disqualifying the person, the person's family, members of the person's household, or any other person associated with the activity resulting in the disciplinary action from participating in any class or with any species of livestock in any current or future exhibition.

(C) The director, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, may adopt rules establishing the criteria and procedures for the reinstatement of any person disqualified from participation in an exhibition as a result of disciplinary action taken by the director under this section. Any person disqualified by disciplinary action of the director may file a written request with the director to seek reinstatement after the period of disqualification ends or at any other time established by rule. Upon the written request of the person seeking the reinstatement, the director shall conduct an adjudication in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 07-01-1996

901.75 No exhibition after disqualification.

No person shall exhibit livestock owned or raised by another person if the person owning or raising the livestock has been disqualified by the director of agriculture under section 901.74 of the Revised Code or has been disqualified from exhibiting livestock by any court having jurisdiction.

Effective Date: 06-14-1995

901.76 Tampering with or sabotaging livestock at an exhibition prohibited.

(A) No person shall tamper with any livestock.

(B) No person shall sabotage any livestock exhibited at an exhibition.

(C) In addition to the penalties established in section 901.99 of the Revised Code, whoever violates division (A) or (B) of this section is subject to disciplinary action by the director of agriculture under section 901.74 of the Revised Code.

(D) This section does not apply to either of the following:

(1) Any action taken or activity performed or administered by a licensed veterinarian or in accordance with instructions of a licensed veterinarian if the action or activity was undertaken for accepted medical purposes during the course of a valid veterinarian-client-patient relationship;

(2) Accepted grooming, commercial, or medical practices as defined by rules of the director adopted under section 901.72 of the Revised Code.

(E) As used in this section:

(1) "Tamper" means any of the following:

(a) Treatment of livestock in such a manner that food derived from the livestock would be considered adulterated as defined in division (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (H), (I), or (J) of section 3715.59 of the Revised Code;

(b) The injection, use, or administration of any drug that is prohibited under any federal law or law of this state, or any drug that is used in any manner that is not authorized under any federal law or law of this state. Whenever the commissioner of the United States food and drug administration or the secretary of the United States department of agriculture, pursuant to the "Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act," 52 Stat. 1040 (1938), 21 U.S.C.A. 301 , as amended, or the federal "Virus-Serum-Toxin Act," 37 Stat. 832 (1913), 21 U.S.C.A. 151 , as amended, approves, disapproves, or modifies the conditions of the approved use of a drug, the approval, disapproval, or modification automatically is effective for the purposes of division (E)(1)(b) of this section, unless the director, in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, adopts a rule to alter for the purposes of that division the action taken by the commissioner or secretary. The director may adopt such a rule if the director considers it to be necessary or appropriate for the protection of food safety or the health, safety, or welfare of livestock or to prevent the use of a drug for the purpose of concealing, enhancing, transforming, or changing the true conformation, configuration, or condition of livestock. No such rule shall authorize the use of any drug the use of which is prohibited by, or authorize the use of any drug in a manner not authorized by, the commissioner or secretary under either of those acts.

(c) The injection, or other internal or external administration of any product or material, whether gas, solid, or liquid, to livestock for the purpose of concealing, enhancing, transforming, or changing the true conformation, configuration, condition, or age of the livestock or making the livestock appear more sound than it actually is;

(d) The use or administration, for cosmetic purposes, of steroids, growth stimulants, or internal artificial filling, including paraffin, silicone injection, or any other substance;

(e) The use or administration of any drug or feed additive affecting the central nervous system of the livestock;

(f) The use or administration of diuretics for cosmetic purposes;

(g) The surgical manipulation or removal of tissue so as to change, transform, or enhance the true conformation or configuration of, or to conceal the age of, the livestock.

(2) "Sabotage" means intentionally tampering with any livestock belonging to or owned by another person that has been registered, entered in, or exhibited in any exhibition, or raised with the apparent intent of being entered in an exhibition.

Effective Date: 06-14-1995

901.80 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 03-16-1998; 10-15-2007

901.81 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 06-06-2001; 10-15-2007

901.82 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 06-06-2001; 10-15-2007

901.83 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 03-16-1998; 10-15-2007

901.85 [Repealed].

Effective Date: 06-29-2004

901.90 Agriculture license plate scholarship fund.

(A) There is hereby created in the state treasury the Ohio agriculture license plate scholarship fund consisting of the contributions the registrar of motor vehicles receives pursuant to section 4503.503 of the Revised Code. Money shall be expended from the fund only as provided in division (C) of this section.

(B)

(1) There is hereby created the Ohio agriculture license plate scholarship fund board, consisting of the director of agriculture or the director's designee and one representative appointed by each of the following organizations:

(a) The Ohio agriculture council;

(b) The Ohio corngrowers association;

(c) The Ohio farm bureau federation;

(d) The Ohio soy association;

(e) The Ohio state university college of food, agricultural, and environmental sciences;

(f) The Ohio young farmers association.

(2) All original appointments to the board shall be made not later than ninety days after the effective date of this section, and all vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment. Members of the board shall serve without compensation but shall be reimbursed for the actual expenses they incur in performing their duties. The director of agriculture or the director's designee shall serve as chairperson. The board shall adopt rules governing their meetings and proceedings.

(C) There is hereby established the Ohio agriculture license plate scholarship program to benefit students who attend an institution of higher learning located in this state and are enrolled in a program that is related to agriculture. The board shall adopt rules governing all aspects of the program, including any additional eligibility requirements, the application process, scholarship amounts, and any requirements a student must meet in order to retain a scholarship.

All decisions of the board relating to the scholarship program, including the decision to award, renew, not renew, or revoke a scholarship, are final.

Effective Date: 2008 HB293 08-14-2008

901.91 Assessment of operating funds.

The director of agriculture may assess the operating funds of the department of agriculture to pay a share of the department's central support and administrative costs. The assessments shall be based on a plan that the director develops and submits to the director of budget and management not later than the fifteenth day of July of the fiscal year in which the assessments are to be made. If the director of budget and management determines that the assessments proposed in the plan are appropriate, the director shall approve the plan. Assessments shall be paid from the funds designated in the plan and credited by means of intrastate transfer voucher to the department of agriculture central support indirect costs fund, which is hereby created in the state treasury. The fund shall be administered by the director of agriculture and used to pay central support and administrative costs of the department of agriculture.

Added by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 7/17/2009.

901.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates section 901.51 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

(B) Whoever violates section 901.75 or division (C) of section 901.73 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

(C) Whoever violates division (A) of section 901.76 of the Revised Code is guilty of a felony of the fifth degree on a first offense and of a felony of the fourth degree on each subsequent offense.

(D) Whoever violates division (B) of section 901.76 of the Revised Code is guilty of a felony of the fourth degree.

(E) Whoever violates division (B) of section 901.511 of the Revised Code is guilty on a first offense of a misdemeanor or a felony that is one degree higher than the penalty for the most serious underlying specified offense that is involved in the violation. However, if on such an initial violation the penalty for the most serious underlying specified offense is a felony of the first degree, the violator is guilty of a felony of the first degree.

On each subsequent violation of division (B) of that section, the violator is guilty of a misdemeanor or a felony that is two degrees higher than the penalty for the most serious underlying specified offense that is involved in the subsequent violation. However, if on such a subsequent violation the penalty for the most serious underlying specified offense is a felony of the first or second degree, the violator is guilty of a felony of the first degree.

As used in this division, "specified offense" has the same meaning as in section 901.511 of the Revised Code, and "most serious underlying specified offense" refers to the underlying specified offense that carries the highest maximum penalty.

(F) Whoever violates division (C) of section 901.511 of the Revised Code is guilty of a felony of the third degree.

Effective Date: 07-01-1996; 10-13-2004