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RULE §3.505Compliance Certificates

(a) When a grower has paid all assessments for a farm or for all farms for which an assessment is due from the grower, in full for the current crop year, the foundation shall issue a compliance certificate to that grower for that farm and/or for all farms on which an assessment is due from that grower and has been paid in full.

(b) This compliance certificate shall include the following information:

  (1) The name of the grower;

  (2) The grower's identification number. This shall be either a social security number or tax identification number;

  (3) All farm numbers on which the grower has an interest in cotton and the full assessment has been paid. This shall include a listing of the county and the farm number as certified by the FSA, or the foundation's identification number for that farm in the event that the farm is not certified with FSA.

(c) A compliance certificate shall be issued and mailed by the foundation within 5 working days of the date the full amount of assessment is received by the foundation.

(d) In addition to the document described in subsection (b) of this section, the following shall also serve the same purpose as a compliance certificate and shall be accepted by first buyers of cotton as proof of payment of an assessment, in the same manner as a compliance certificate:

  (1) payment information obtained from the foundation's limited access website including a download or printout of payment information relating to individual growers;

  (2) a receipt issued by the foundation evidencing payment of the assessment on the acreage on which the cotton was grown as long as the receipt contains the same information required to be included on the compliance certificate; or

  (3) a faxed copy of the compliance records of the foundation.

Source Note: The provisions of this §3.505 adopted to be effective October 1, 1999, 24 TexReg 7398

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