Agriculture & Rural Development


SB 240(1) (Easley/Rice): Requires pesticide or device to be registered with the Board of Agriculture with the registration to be renewed annually and modifies the amount of registration fees to $100.00. Also, requires the Department of Agriculture to declare an emergency if three valid complaints are received against any poultry-laying operations licensed pursuant to the Oklahoma Animal Feeding Operations Act. Effective 5-26-99

SB 420(1) (Price/Turner): Creates the Oklahoma Agricultural Commodity Act which authorizes and prescribes the necessary procedures by which the producers of agricultural commodities grown in this state may establish agricultural commodity producers boards to finance programs devised to alleviate any circumstance or condition that serves to impede the production, marketing, research or use of agricultural commodities. Effective 11-1-99

HB 1048(1) (Adair/Littlefield): Adds Adair, Cherokee and Sequoyah counties to the list of counties in which the musk, Scotch or Canada Thistles are growing. This bill modifies the procedures of county commissioners to treat, control and eradicate thistles. The boards of county commissioners in the counties specified shall, upon written complaint or upon their own motion, submit the complaint or motion to the Department of Agriculture for inspection and a determination specifying the degree of infestation of thistles upon a specific site outlined in the complaint or motion. The Department, upon receipt of the complaint, shall inspect such site and shall then send the inspection to the board of county commissioners who shall provide for thistle eradication in accordance with procedures already in law. It requires the State Board of Agriculture to promulgate rules to include musk, Scotch and Canada thistles as prohibited noxious weed and weed seed and to conduct a survey, beginning November 1, 1999, and annually thereafter, detailing the degree of thistles across the state. Also, the bill states the treatment and control of thistles is the responsibility of the landowner, and the Department of Agriculture shall include in the newspaper a statement informing the landowner that failure to remove musk, Scotch and Canada thistles may subject the landowner to legal action requiring the treatment, control or eradication of such thistles. Effective 5-27-99

HB 1197(1) (Leist/Price): Creates the Oklahoma Enhancement and Diversification Act, the Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Program and the Oklahoma Agriculture Enhancement and Diversification Advisory Board. The program will promote and encourage the interests of agriculture through the allocation of funds, by grant or loan, to individuals, cooperatives and other agricultural entities to provide assistance to projects dealing with the development of new or expanded uses of agricultural products, and to increase productivity, provide added value to agricultural products, and benefit the agricultural producer. Effective 11-1-99

HB 1831(1) (Glover/Mickle): Authorizes the State Treasurer to approve additional renewals to the Oklahoma Agricultural Linked Deposit Act. Two additional renewals may be approved up to a total duration of participation of twelve years, but new eligible participants and eligible participants who have linked deposit loans for less than eight years shall have priority over such renewals. Effective 7-1-99

(1) Passed, signed by Governor (2) Passed, pending Governor's approval/disapproval (3) Vetoed by Governor
(4) Pending in Legislature (5) Failed in Legislature (6) Enrolled with the Sec. of State

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