Section 924.24 | Duties and powers of operating committee.
(A) The grain marketing program operating committee shall do all of the following:
(1) Hire personnel and contract for services that are necessary for the operation of the grain marketing program;
(2) Promote the sale of grain for the purpose of maintaining and expanding present markets and creating new and larger intrastate, interstate, and foreign markets for grain, and inform the public of the uses and benefits of grain;
(3) Establish requirements and procedures for the collection of assessments that the operating committee is required to levy under section 924.26 of the Revised Code, including the method and frequency of collection;
(4) Establish procedures to be used by a person who wishes to file for a refund of the person's assessment that is levied under section 924.26 of the Revised Code;
(5) Perform all acts and exercise all powers incidental to, in connection with, or considered reasonably necessary, proper, or advisable to effectuate the purposes of sections 924.20 to 924.30 of the Revised Code.
(B) The operating committee may do any or all of the following:
(1) Conduct, and contract with others to conduct, research, including the study, analysis, dissemination, and accumulation of information obtained from the research or elsewhere, concerning the marketing and distribution of grain, the storage, processing, and transportation of grain, and the production and product development of grain;
(2) Provide the wholesale and retail grain trade with information relative to proper methods of handling and selling grain;
(3) Conduct, and contract with others to conduct, market surveys and analyses, undertake any other similar activities that it determines are appropriate for the maintenance and expansion of present markets and the creation of new and larger markets for grain, and enter into contracts, in the name of the committee, to render service in formulating and conducting plans and programs and other contracts or agreements that the committee considers necessary for the promotion of the sale of grain;
(4) Publish and distribute to producers and others information relating to the grain industry;
(5) Propose to the director of agriculture rules and amendments to rules that are necessary for the exercise of its powers and the performance of its duties;
(6) Establish priorities and prepare and approve a budget consistent with estimated resources and the scope of the grain marketing program;
(7) Receive and investigate, or cause to be investigated, complaints concerning and violations of the grain marketing program. The operating committee shall refer any violations to the director for action under section 924.29 of the Revised Code.