97.20(2g) (2g) Milk procurement fee.
97.20(2g)(a)(a) Monthly procurement fee. A dairy plant operator shall pay a milk procurement fee on or before the 25th day of each month in the amount specified under par. (b) as follows:
97.20(2g)(a)1. 1. The operator of a dairy plant that operated during the month preceding the month when the payment is due shall pay a milk procurement fee based on the amount of milk that was delivered to the dairy plant from milk producers in the month preceding the month when the payment is due, whether or not that particular dairy plant operator operated the dairy plant during the month preceding the month when the payment is due.
97.20(2g)(a)2. 2. The operator of a dairy plant that has not been operated in the month preceding the month when the payment is due shall pay a milk procurement fee in the month when the payment is due that is established by department rule.
97.20(2g)(b) (b) Amount of fees. The department shall specify the amount of milk procurement fees by rule.
97.20(2g)(c) (c) Out-of-state milk shipments. A milk producer who ships milk to an out-of-state dairy plant shall pay a milk procurement fee, specified under par. (b), on that milk, unless the out-of-state dairy plant voluntarily pays that fee for the milk producer.
97.20(2n) (2n) Dairy plant reinspection fee.
97.20(2n)(a) (a) Reinspection fees. If the department reinspects a dairy plant because the department has found a violation of this chapter or rules promulgated under this chapter, the department shall charge the dairy plant operator the reinspection fee specified under par. (b). A reinspection fee is payable when the reinspection is completed, and is due upon written demand from the department. The department may issue a demand for payment when it issues a license renewal application form to the dairy plant operator.
97.20(2n)(b) (b) Reinspection fee amounts. Unless otherwise established by department rule, the fees for reinspection required under par. (a) are a basic fee of $40 for each dairy plant reinspection, plus:
97.20(2n)(b)1. 1. For a grade A processing plant, a supplementary reinspection fee of $160 if the plant received more than 2,000,000 pounds of milk from milk producers or of $125 if the plant received 2,000,000 pounds or less of milk from milk producers.
97.20(2n)(b)2. 2. For a processing plant that is not a grade A processing plant, a supplementary reinspection fee of $140.
97.20(2n)(b)3. 3. For a grade A receiving station, a supplementary reinspection fee of $60.
97.20(2r) (2r) Milk producer fees. A dairy plant operator shall pay milk producer license and reinspection fees on behalf of milk producers, subject to s. 97.22 (2) (c) and (4) (b). A milk producer reinspection fee is payable by a dairy plant operator when a dairy farm reinspection is completed, and is due upon written demand from the department. The department may issue a demand for payment when it issues a license renewal application to the dairy plant operator.
97.20(2w) (2w) Dairy product grading fee. An applicant for a license for a dairy plant that has been operated in the previous calendar year, that is not a grade A dairy plant and that produces butter or cheese shall pay a grading fee that, unless otherwise established by department rule, is 1.09 cents for each 100 pounds of butter or cheese that is gradable and produced by the dairy plant during the previous calendar year. An applicant for a license for a dairy plant that has not been operated in the previous calendar year, that is not a grade A dairy plant and that produces butter or cheese shall pay a grading fee that is established by the department by rule.
97.20(3) (3) Grade A dairy plant; permit.
97.20(3)(a) (a) Permit requirement. No person operating a dairy plant at which milk or fluid milk products are received, transferred, manufactured or processed may sell or distribute that milk or those fluid milk products as grade A milk or grade A milk products unless the person holds a valid grade A dairy plant permit issued by the department for that dairy plant. A grade A dairy plant permit expires on April 30 annually and is not transferable between persons or locations. A grade A dairy plant permit may be issued in the form of an endorsement on a dairy plant license under sub. (2). An application for a grade A dairy plant permit shall be made on a form provided by the department and shall be accompanied by each grade A dairy plant supplementary license fee required under sub. (2c).
97.20(3)(b) (b) Grade A standards. A grade A dairy plant shall comply with standards applicable to the receipt, transfer, manufacture, processing and distribution of grade A milk and grade A milk products under this chapter or rules of the department. A grade A dairy plant may not receive, transfer or process milk that is not grade A milk unless the department provides written authorization. Except as provided by the department by rule, the department may not grant that authorization unless the grade A dairy plant maintains separate facilities for the receipt, transfer and processing of milk that is not grade A milk.
97.20(3)(d) (d) Surcharge for operating without a permit. An applicant for a grade A dairy plant permit shall pay a grade A dairy plant permit surcharge of $100 if the department determines that, within one year prior to submitting the permit application, the applicant operated the dairy plant as a grade A dairy plant without a grade A permit, in violation of par. (a). Payment of this surcharge does not relieve the applicant of any other civil or criminal liability which results from a violation of par. (a), but does not constitute evidence of a violation of any law.
97.20(3)(e) (e) Permit contingent on payment of fees. The department may not issue or renew a grade A dairy plant permit until the permit applicant pays all applicable fees under this subsection or subs. (2c) to (2w). The department shall refund a fee paid under protest if the department determines that the fee was not required as a condition of the issuance of a grade A dairy plant permit under this subsection.
97.20(3g) (3g) Crisis hotline information. The department shall develop, and furnish to a dairy plant on request, a standard form containing information about the crisis hotline.
97.20(3m) (3m) Confidentiality. Any information kept by the department under this section or s. 97.24 that identifies individual milk producers who deliver milk to a dairy plant licensed under this section and that is a composite list for that dairy plant is not subject to inspection under s. 19.35 unless inspection is required under s. 126.70 or unless the department determines that inspection is necessary to protect the public health, safety or welfare.
97.20(4) (4) Rule making. The department may promulgate rules to establish amounts of fees required under subs. (2c) to (2w) or to govern the operation of dairy plants. The rules may include standards for the safety, wholesomeness and quality of dairy products; the construction, maintenance and sanitary operation of dairy plants; the design, installation, cleaning and maintenance of equipment and utensils; personnel sanitation; storage and handling of milk and fluid milk products; pasteurization and processing procedures; sampling and testing; and reports and record keeping. The rules may also set forth the duties of dairy plants to inspect dairy farms, collect and test producer milk samples and make reports to the department.
97.20 History History: 1971 c. 125, 156, 211; 1975 c. 39, 199; 1977 c. 203 s. 106; 1979 c. 257; 1983 a. 189, 203; 1987 a. 27, 399; 1989 a. 31, 174; 1991 a. 39, 269; 1993 a. 27; 2001 a. 16; 2011 a. 195; 2013 a. 302, 303; 2015 a. 55, 242.
97.20 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. ATCP 65 and 100, Wis. adm. code.
97.21 97.21 Milk haulers and milk distributors.
97.21(1)(1)Definitions. In this section:
97.21(1)(a) (a) “Bulk milk tanker" means a mobile bulk container used to transport milk, fluid milk products, whey or whey cream in bulk from a dairy farm, or to or from a dairy plant in this state. “Bulk milk tanker" includes a mobile bulk container which is permanently mounted on a motor vehicle or which is designed to be towed by a motor vehicle. “Bulk milk tanker" does not include a mobile bulk container which is used by a milk producer solely to transport that producer's own milk.
97.21(1)(am) (am) “Dairy plant" has the meaning given under s. 97.20 (1) (a).
97.21(1)(b) (b) “Fluid milk product" has the meaning given under s. 97.24 (1) (ar).