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74-50,156. Establishing the agriculture marketing and promotions program; powers, duties and objectives thereof; agricultural value added center; trademark registration; report to the legislature; fulfillment of contracts. (a) There is hereby established within and as a part of the Kansas department of agriculture the agriculture marketing and promotions program. The secretary of agriculture shall appoint a director of such program and such director shall be in the unclassified service of the Kansas civil service act. Subject to and in accordance with appropriations acts, the agriculture marketing and promotions program shall include: (1) All powers, duties and functions related to the agricultural value added center pursuant to subsections (b) and (c); (2) all powers and duties created regarding the division of markets pursuant to K.S.A. 74-530, and amendments thereto, which are hereby transferred; (3) all powers and duties created regarding registered trademarks pursuant to K.S.A. 74-540a, and amendments thereto, which are hereby transferred; (4) all powers and duties regarding the trademark fund pursuant to K.S.A. 74-540b, and amendments thereto, which are hereby transferred; and (5) all powers and duties created regarding expenditures and moneys credited to the market development fund pursuant to K.S.A. 74-540c, and amendments thereto, which are hereby transferred.

(b) The objectives of the agricultural value added center within the agriculture marketing and promotions program shall include, but not be limited to, providing technical assistance to existing and potential value added facilities, including incubator facilities; developing a network for collecting and distributing information to individuals involved in value added processing in Kansas; initiating pilot plant facilities to act as research and development laboratories for existing and potential small scale value added processing endeavors in Kansas; providing technical assistance to new agricultural value added businesses; developing and promoting communication and cooperation among private businesses; state government agencies and public and private colleges and universities in Kansas; establishing research and development programs in technologies that have value added commercial potential for food and nonfood agricultural products achieving substantial and sustainable continuing growth for the Kansas economy through value added products from agriculture; serving as a catalyst for industrial agriculture through technological innovation in order to expand economic opportunity for all Kansas communities; establishing an industrial agriculture industry for the state of Kansas; commercializing the developed industrial agriculture technology in smaller communities and the rural areas of Kansas; and developing investment grade agriculture value added technologies and products.

(c) Subject to the provisions of appropriations acts, the functions of the agricultural value added center within the agriculture marketing and promotions program shall include, but not be limited to, developing a market referral program, matching distribution to buyers in coordination with other state agencies concerned with marketing Kansas products; assisting private entrepreneurs in the establishment of facilities and markets for new agricultural value added endeavors; and introducing coordinated programs to develop marketing skills of existing agricultural value adding processors in Kansas.

(d) (1) It shall be the duty of the agriculture marketing and promotions program to perform acts and to do, or cause to be done, those things which are designed to lead to the more advantageous marketing of agricultural products of Kansas. For these purposes the division may:

(A) Investigate the subject of marketing farm products;

(B) promote their sales distribution and merchandising;

(C) furnish information and assistance to the public;

(D) study and recommend efficient and economical methods of marketing;

(E) provide for such studies and research as may be deemed necessary and proper;

(F) gather and diffuse timely and useful information concerning the supply, demand, prevailing prices and commercial movement of farm products including quantity in common storage and cold storage, in cooperation with other public or private agencies;

(G) conduct market development activities and assist and coordinate participation by companies, commodity organizations, trade organizations, producer organizations and other interested organizations to develop new markets and sales for Kansas agricultural commodities and food products;

(H) render assistance to any of the entities listed in subsection (G) and development activities and make a reasonable service charge for such services rendered by the division; and

(I) make agreements with other states and with the United States government, or its agencies, and accept funds from the federal government, or its agencies, or any other source for research studies, investigation, market development and other purposes related to the duties of the division.

(2) The Kansas department of agriculture shall remit all moneys received under this subsection to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the market development fund. All expenditures from such fund shall be made for any purpose consistent with this subsection and shall be made in accordance with appropriation acts upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the secretary of agriculture or a person designated by the secretary.

(e) (1) In conjunction with any trademark registered by the Kansas department of agriculture, the agriculture marketing and promotions program is hereby authorized to:

(A) Promulgate policy regarding the use of any such trademark;

(B) print, reproduce or use the trademark in or on educational, promotional or other material;

(C) fix, charge and collect fees for the use of the trademark provided that the fees shall be fixed in an amount necessary to recover all direct costs associated with the production of educational, promotional and other materials associated with a trademark program; and

(D) enter into any contracts necessary to carry out the purposes of this subsection, which contracts shall not be subject to the bidding requirements of K.S.A. 75-3739, and amendments thereto.

(2) The secretary of agriculture shall remit all moneys received under this subsection to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the trademark fund. All expenditures from such fund shall be made for any purpose consistent with this subsection and shall be made in accordance with appropriation acts upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the secretary of agriculture or a person designated by the secretary.

(f) On or before February 1 of each year, the agriculture marketing and promotions program shall present an oral and written report to the house and senate agriculture committees concerning the performance indicators, performance outcomes, activities and functions of the program for the previous year. Such report shall include a budget of how moneys appropriated or otherwise authorized to be expended from the state general fund or any special revenue fund for the agriculture marketing and promotions program of the Kansas department of agriculture for the previous fiscal year were spent and a projected budget of moneys appropriated or otherwise authorized to be expended from the state general fund or any special revenue fund for the agriculture marketing and promotions program of the Kansas department of agriculture for the current fiscal year. Such report shall further include the full-time equivalent number of positions financed from appropriations and allocated for the agriculture marketing and promotions program of the Kansas department of agriculture for each fiscal year.

History: L. 1996, ch. 209, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 5, § 328; L. 2003, ch. 154, § 60; L. 2011, ch. 104, § 15; L. 2012, ch. 140, § 121; July 1.

Revisor's Note:

Agriculture products development program renamed to marketing and promotions program and moved to department of agriculture, see also K.S.A. 2011 Supp. 74-5,112 through 74-5,118.


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