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The 1983 Legislature (S.L.1983, Ch. 91) created the Barley Council. The Commissioner of Agriculture served as an ex-officio member and the state barley growers elected a five member council.  

The Council functions to promote and stabilize the barley industry. It administers the per bushel assessment tax on barley grown in the state to fund its programs. The Council determines the use of the money raised through research funded projects, educational programs, and market development. In addition the Council funds state, regional, national, and international entities that promote barley utilization.

The state is divided into five barley producing districts with one person elected from each district. Elected representatives must be citizens of the state and bona-fide residents and participating growers of the district they represent. If a Council member fails to meet the qualifications an election is held to fill the vacancy (S. L. 1983, Ch. 91). Originally each Council member served a three-year term. In 1997 (S. L. 1997, Ch. 64) the term increased to four years with members serving no more than three consecutive terms. The five member Council elects a chairman who schedules all meetings. An exception occurs when three members petition for a special meeting [NDCC 4.1-02-08]. 

The North Dakota Barley Council is part of the Agricultural Commodity Council. At the request of the Commissioner of Agriculture, the Legislature amended the Century Code so that the Commissioner or designee became a non-voting member of the Council. Other commodity group members are the Beef Commission, Beekeepers Association, Corn Utilization Council, Dairy Promotion Commission, Dry Bean Council, Dry Pea and Lentil Council, Oilseed Council, Potato Council, and the Soybean Council (S .L. 2009, Ch. 70, Ch. 80).    


1983       Legislature creates the Barley Council with a five-member board (S. L.1983, Ch.91).

1985       Appropriations aid in funding programs (S. L. 1985, Ch.24).

1997       First increase in per-bushel assessment (S. L. 1997, Ch. 64).

2005       Changes in barley district boundaries establishes equal opportunities in the barley  
producing districts (S. L. 2005, Ch. 64).

2009       Assessment per-bushel increases (S. L. 2009, Ch. 81). Barley Council joins the Agricultural Commodity Council. Chapter amended to North Dakota Century Code (S. L. 2009, Ch.70, Ch. 80). The Century Code [NDCC 4-10.4] was repealed and replaced with [NDCC 4.1-02] as it related to the Barley Council  (S.L. 2009, Ch. 80).

2011       Legislation amended the Code [NDCC 4-24-09] relating to investments of the agricultural commodity funds as established by the State Treasurer [NDCC 21-10-07]. The Barley Council was included in this legislation (S.L. 2011, Ch. 61). 

2015         A Barley Council member was selected to the membership of the Northern Crops Council in an act to amend and renact section [NDCC 4-14.2-02]of the Century Code. Policies for the Northern Crops Institute were also established (S.L. 2015, Ch. 65).

2017       Legislation required the Commissioner of Agriculture to call an annual  meeting with representatives from each commodity group and to engage in collaborative efforts toward the promoting and marketing of agricultural commodities. The Barley Council was included in this legislation (S.L. 2017, Ch. 61).   Legislation also addressed the Agricultural Commodity Assessment Funds an investment income allocation as established by the State Treasurer [NDCC 21-10-07]. Twenty percent of the investment income derived from the Council was credited to the general fund to pay for accounting, printing, data processing, legal, and other services and eighty percent allotted to the Barley Council (S.L. 2017, Ch. 61).  Legislation required the Barley Council to submit a report to the Standing Agriculture Committee of each House of the Legislative Assembly explaining in a summary all Council activities during the current biennium and addressing the expected revenues and expenditures for the next biennium.  A report to the State Auditor included a statement of revenues and expenditures for the previous two fiscal years was also required (S.L. 2017, Ch. 61).


31966    Barley Council, North Dakota. Director’s Files


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