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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 17 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 10.5. Direct Marketing [47000 - 47062]

  ( Chapter 10.5 added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 606, Sec. 1.5. )

ARTICLE 2. Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee [47010 - 47013]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 606, Sec. 1.5. )


(a) The secretary shall establish a committee that shall be known as the Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee. The primary goals of the committee shall be all of the following:

(1) Promote the demand and consumption of agricultural products purchased directly from producers at certified farmers’ markets.

(2) Ensure that existing and future certified farmers’ markets are primarily maintained for the benefit of the producers selling their products within those markets.

(3) Ensure that honest and fair marketing of products occurs within certified farmers’ markets and within an ancillary vending activity under the operation and control of a certified farmers’ market operator.

(b) The committee shall be composed of 14 members and their alternates. The secretary shall endeavor to appoint six members and their alternates who shall be producers or representatives of agricultural organizations that represent producers, six members and their alternates who shall be certified farmers’ market operators or representatives of the operator, one public member, and one member and his or her alternate who shall be a county agricultural commissioner. An alternate member shall serve at a committee meeting only in the absence of, and shall have the same powers and duties as, the member for whom he or she is designated as alternate. All appointees shall serve two-year terms or at the pleasure of the secretary. Members appointed to fill vacancies shall serve the remainder of the term.

(c) The secretary shall make an effort to include members who represent geographical diversity and diverse agricultural products.

(d) The committee shall meet at the request of the secretary. It shall meet at least once each year.

(e) The committee may appoint its own officers, including a chairperson, a vice chairperson, a secretary, and any other officers it deems necessary. The committee may adopt rules that it deems are necessary for the conduct of its meetings and functions to carry out the objectives of this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 579, Sec. 10. (AB 1871) Effective January 1, 2015.)


The Certified Farmers’ Market Advisory Committee shall be advisory to the secretary on matters pertaining to direct marketing of agricultural products at certified farmers’ markets and may make recommendations, including, but not limited to, the following:

(a) The amendment, repeal, or adoption of legislation and regulations that relate to the primary goals stated in subdivision (a) of Section 47010.

(b) Administrative policies and procedures that relate to the primary goals stated in subdivision (a) of Section 47010, including the inspection of producers and certified farmers’ markets.

(c) Administrative civil penalties for violations of certified farmers’ market laws and regulations.

(d) Program and enforcement fees collected pursuant to Section 47021.

(e) Statewide review of certified farmers’ market promotion and enforcement actions.

(f) The annual budget of the department’s certified farmers’ market program to carry out the goals and purposes of this chapter.

(g) Alternative strategies for certification and investigation methodology, and methods for industry self-regulation and commission formation.

(Amended by Stats. 2014, Ch. 579, Sec. 11. (AB 1871) Effective January 1, 2015.)


The members of the committee and any alternate shall serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed by the department for travel expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 833, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 2000.)

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