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Chapter 507-1 ORGANIZATION

Rule 507-1-.01 General Provisions

Wherever the words "The Association" are used herein they shall mean the Georgia Poultry Improvement Association.

(1) Membership in the Association and participation in the National Poultry Improvement Plan or the National Turkey Improvement Plan is voluntary, but each hatchery, dealer or flock owner who desires to become a member shall sign an agreement to be bound by the by-laws, rules and regulations of the Association. No member shall have any rights or privileges which are not set out in the charter, by-laws, rules and regulations of the Association.
(2) A member may participate in one or more phases of the program or in both the National Poultry Improvement Plan and the National Turkey Improvement Plan, but separate agreements shall be required for each authority phase in which the member participates.
(3) All regulations of the Association shall supplement the prevailing publication of the National Poultry Improvement Plan and the National Turkey Improvement Plan and auxiliary provisions of the United States Department of Agriculture.
(4) A hatchery member is any person, firm or corporation in good standing, who operates or control hatching equipment for production and sale of baby chicks or turkey poults.
(5) A dealer member is any person, firm or corporation in good standing, other a hatchery, who traffics in buying, selling or trading hatching eggs, baby chicks or turkey poults; or who acts as an agent for other either in whole or part of such transactions.
(6) A flock owner member is any person, firm or corporation in good standing, who maintains a breeding flock of chickens or turkeys in accordance with the provisions of the applicable Plan, and supplies hatching eggs to a participating hatchery or dealer. Nothing, however, shall be construed to require any flock owner to be a member of the Association to be eligible to sell hatching eggs to a participating hatchery or dealer.
(7) Every membership agreement shall be approved by the executive secretary who shall be satisfied that all conditions for membership in the Association have been met. No agreement or renewal of agreement, shall be accepted by the executive secretary unless dues, fees and other accounts with the Association are paid in full to date.
(8) Agreements with hatcheries and dealer shall remain in effect and continue from year to year, unless cancelled or terminated by the member or by the Association.
(9) Approval of flocks shall expire on June 30th of each year, but a reasonable time thereafter shall be allowed to qualify the flock for the current hatching season.
(10) If any membership be terminated or cancelled for violation of the agreement, all existing agreements with the member shall likewise be terminated
(11) All advertising shall be subject to approval by the Georgia Poultry Improvement Association. Such symbols as A, AA, AAA, etc., or star, double star, etc., or similar symbols denoting alleged grades of hatching eggs, baby chicks, or turkey poults shall not be used in advertising.
(12) The executive secretary shall have authority to place any member on probation for violation of advertising regulations. Notice shall be given in writing, copy of which shall be sent to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the state inspector.
(13) The state inspector shall have authority to place on probation any hatchery or dealer for violation of regulations; or to place on probation or reject, or suspend flocks which do not meet the requirements of the Plan.
(14) Notice of probation of any hatchery or dealer shall be made in writing, copy of which shall be sent to the Chairman of the Board of Directors and the executive secretary.
(15) Notice of rejection or suspension of any flock shall be given to the flock owner and the hatchery concerned.
(16) A hatchery or dealer may be suspended or debarred from participation in the National Poultry Improvement Plan or the National Turkey Improvement Plan by the action the Board of Directors only.