Section 48002. (Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 180, Sec. 3.)
Cite as: Cal. Food & Agric. Code §48002.
(a)In addition to any other assessment, fees, or charges that may be required pursuant to this code, producers of navel oranges, Valencia oranges, lemons or mandarin citrus varieties grown in this state and prepared for fresh market in the Counties of Fresno, Kern, Madera, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, Tulare, and Ventura shall pay an assessment that shall not exceed 11 mills ($0.011) per carton for navel oranges, 5 mills ($0.005) per carton for lemons, and 6 mills ($0.006) per carton for Valencia oranges and mandarin citrus. The assessment shall be:
(1)Based on the number of cartons shipped.
(2)Used to reimburse agricultural commissioners, pursuant to a contract between the department and the commissioners, in the counties specified in this section, who meet the requirements of the inspection program as determined by the committee and concurred in by the secretary.
(3)Used to establish a reserve to fund the frost inspection program. The reserve amount shall be determined by the advisory committee.
(4)Used to fund a program within the department to provide the industry with a state crop estimating service and an acreage survey.
(5)Collected from the producer by the first handler. For the purposes of this chapter, “producer” means a grower of navel oranges, Valencia oranges, lemons, or mandarin citrus and “handler” means a person or entity who receives navel oranges, Valencia oranges, lemons, or mandarin citrus from a producer and who prepares the oranges, lemons, or mandarin citrus for fresh market. If a producer prepares the oranges, lemons, or mandarin citrus for market, the producer shall be deemed the handler.
(6)Remitted to the department by the first handler, along with an assessment form, at the end of each month during the marketing season.
(7)Deposited in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund or, upon the recommendation of the committee, deposited in accordance with Section 227 or Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 230) of Chapter 2 of Part 1 of Division 1.
(b)In no case shall:
(1)The total amount reimbursed to all counties exceed the total amount collected from the producers in all counties, unless reserve moneys are required for the frost inspection program. However, the authorized expenditures shall not exceed the combined total of reserve moneys and revenue received in that fiscal year.
(2)The reimbursement to any county exceed the amount approved by the committee and concurred in by the secretary.
(c)If the inspection program is terminated and there are insufficient funds to cover the cost of terminating the inspection program, the assessment shall continue until all those costs are recovered.
(d)The committee may recommend to the secretary that no assessment be collected from growers of navel oranges, Valencia oranges, lemons, or mandarin citrus varieties if no inspection program or crop survey exists for that particular orange or citrus variety. If no assessment is collected from an orange or citrus variety that has a representative on the committee, the secretary may designate a representative to the committee from an orange or citrus variety that is assessed.