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2005 Florida Statutes

Section 599.002, Florida Statutes 2005

599.002  Viticulture Advisory Council.--

(1)  There is created within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services the Viticulture Advisory Council, to consist of eight members as follows: the president of the Florida Grape Growers' Association or a designee thereof; the viticulture representative of the State Agricultural Advisory Council; a representative from the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; a representative from the viticultural science program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University; and four additional commercial members, to be appointed for a 2-year term each by the Commissioner of Agriculture, including a wine producer, a fresh fruit producer, a nonwine product (juice, jelly, pie fillings, etc.) producer, and a viticultural nursery operator.

(2)  The meetings, powers and duties, procedures, and recordkeeping of the Viticulture Advisory Council, and per diem and reimbursement of expenses of council members, shall be governed by the provisions of s. 570.0705 relating to advisory committees established within the department.

(3)  The primary responsibilities of the Viticulture Advisory Council are to submit to the Commissioner of Agriculture, annually, the industry's recommendations for viticultural research, promotion, and education and, as necessary, the industry's recommendations for revisions to the State Viticulture Plan.

History.--ss. 3, 6, ch. 84-295; s. 4, ch. 85-62; s. 5, ch. 91-429; s. 85, ch. 93-169; s. 3, ch. 94-296; s. 29, ch. 94-335.