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Patty Judge, secretary of agriculture

Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines 50319

The 40 th General Assembly consolidated several state divisions and created the Iowa Department of Agriculture in 1923. The 71 st General Assembly in 1986 restructured the department by adding the Agricultural Development Authority, Grain Warehouse Bureau and Soil Conservation Division. The Legislature also changed the agency’s name to Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship to reflect its broadened focus.

The mission of the department is to encourage a relationship between people and the land that recognizes the land as a resource to be managed to avoid irreparable harm. The Department is tasked with developing and implementing policies that address the long-term future of agriculture as an economic activity as well as a way of life.

The object of the department is to encourage, promote, market and advance the interests of agriculture, including production practices such as organic or conventional that may lead to direct marketing of raw product or processed goods. The department has the responsibility of providing consumer protection through the regulatory programs administered by the regulatory, laboratory and inspection services. The department is responsible for the preservation and improvement of the quality of two of the states most important natural resources, soil and water. In order to assure a timely transition from one generation in the agricultural community to the next, the department provides financial assistance for beginning farmers through a variety of loan and loan guarantee programs.

The department is comprised of five divisions: Administrative, Agricultural Development Authority, Laboratory, Regulatory and Soil Conservation.

AdministrativeMary Jane Olney, director, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-5681

The Administrative Division provides internal support for the department through centralized budgeting and accounting, human resources, purchasing and supply and mail services. The division also provides public information. The division contains the following bureaus: Agricultural Diversification, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Statistics, Auditing, Climatology, Dairy Trade Practices, Organic Agriculture, as well as the Office of Renewable Fuels and Co-Products.

The agricultural diversification bureau promotes and develops diversification of Iowa’s horticultural industry by promoting fresh fruits and vegetables and other products at farmers markets, and by producing product directories of fruit, vegetable and Christmas tree producers in the state. The bureau administers the Farmer’s Market Nutritional Program, a program to provide a supplemental source of fresh fruits and vegetables for women, infants and children who are nutritionally at risk.

The agricultural marketing bureau promotes and monitors the value of Iowa commodities. The marketing bureau, along with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, has developed the Livestock Market News Program, which tracks the flow and sale of livestock by covering 18 auction sales throughout the state. Corn and soybean prices are gathered daily from 47 Iowa elevators by the bureau’s Grain Market News program. All commodity information is posted daily on the Department’s Internet website (www.state.ia.us/agriculture/index.html). The marketing bureau actively works toward adding value to Iowa commodities by attracting producers and processors to value-added enterprises through the development of promotional activities and involvement in national trade shows.

The office of renewable fuels and co-products promotes ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels made from Iowa agricultural commodities. Through the Rural Economic Value-Added Mentoring Program (REVAMP), technical and business planning assistance is provided for the development of renewable fuel and co-product production facilities and innovative value-added businesses. Since the program started in April 1994, 319 businesses have received REVAMP assistance.

Agricultural Development AuthoritySteven K. Ferguson, executive director, 505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 327, Des Moines 50309-2322; 515/281-6444

The Agricultural Development Authority was established to assist Iowans in pursuing and maintaining careers in farming. The authority administers the Iowa Beginning Farmer Loan Program and Loan Participation Program. Beginning farm loans are available to purchase land, machinery, livestock and buildings. IADA loans may also be used to improve existing buildings and farmland. The authority may issue bonds and notes and may participate in and cooperate with any federal or state agency to finance its programs.

The authority sponsors educational programs for beginning farmers and provides funding for the Iowa Agricultural Youth Institute, the Iowa FFA Foundation, Post Secondary Agriculture Students, and other agriculturally related organizations.

Board Members EDWARD ENGSTROM, chair, Kanawha; SONJA LARSEN, vice chair, Ottumwa
GENE GEISSINGER, treasurer, West Des Moines; STEVEN BASLER, Sharpsburg MARK LEONARD, Holstein; LESLIE MILLER, Knoxville; LOIS SCHNOOR, Maquoketa; DIANA STADTMUELLER, Monticello; TIM GALM, Everly

Ex-officio Members PATTY JUDGE, secretary of agriculture; MICHAEL L. FITZGERALD, treasurer of state

Iowa Grain Indemnity Board

The 71 st General Assembly established the Iowa Grain Indemnity Board within the department. The seven-member board determines claims and adjusts the fees of the Iowa Grain Depositors and Sellers Indemnity Fund. This fund was established to protect producers, state-licensed grain dealers and warehouse operators. Currently, there is a per-bushel fee on all grain sold or stored in a state-licensed grain facility and an annual fee on all state-licensed grain dealers and warehouse operations.

Board Members PATTY JUDGE, president, secretary of agriculture; MARTIN FRANCIS, commissioner of insurance’s designee; STEVE MILLER, state treasurer’s designee; ED HERSHBERGER, Kalona; CAROLYN ROBERTS, Peterson; BRUCE YUNGCLAS, Webster City; DONNA WINBURN, Grinnell

LaboratoryDaryl Frey, director, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-8589

The Laboratory Division assures that feed, fertilizer, pesticide and seed products meet the guarantees stated on the product label. The division works closely with federal agencies to enforce federal pesticide laws, protect the human food chain from the introduction of contaminants and prevent the introduction of plant pests. The division provides laboratory services to the department’s Regulatory Division by analyzing food, dairy and meat products. Three administrative bureaus are organized under the Laboratory Division: Commercial Feed Bureau, Fertilizer Bureau and Pesticide Bureau. The division’s laboratories include: the Drug and Vitamin Laboratory, Entomology and Seed Laboratory, Feed and Fertilizer Laboratory, Food and Dairy Laboratory, and the Pesticide Residue and Formulations Laboratory.

RegulatoryRon Rowland, director, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-3325

The Regulatory Division provides fundamental consumer and producer protection to Iowans through a staff that includes field inspectors, veterinarians and grain warehouse examiners. These protections include food safety, sanitation, financial integrity of grain facilities and the inspection of commercial weighing and measuring devices.

The division supports economic development in Iowa by providing assurances of the quality and safety of Iowa agricultural products. The field staff is supported by technicians and program specialists in the following bureaus: Animal Health, Animal Welfare, Meat and Poultry, Grain Warehouse, Dairy Products Control and Weights and Measures. The division administers the state’s Horse and Dog Breeding Program and provides staff for the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine and the Grain Indemnity Board.

Soil ConservationJames B. Gulliford, director, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-6146

The Division of Soil Conservation is responsible for state leadership in the areas of soil, water and mineral resource management. The division’s mission includes setting the state’s priorities, formulating and implementing programs, and establishing policies for protecting and preserving these natural resources in Iowa. The division provides assistance and support to Iowa’s 100 soil and water conservation districts. It carries out programs for licensing mineral extraction, coal mining regulation and mined land reclamation.

The division provides financial incentive programs to assist farmers with the installation of soil and water conservation practices, livestock waste management systems and water quality protection practices. The division administers the Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP), Water Quality Protection Project program that supports local watershed projects to protect priority water resources, including municipal water supply reservoirs, trout streams and public lakes.

State Soil Conservation Committee Members DIANE THOMPSON, chair, Forest City; MARY ANN DRISH, vice chair, Brighton; MUFFY HARMON, Des Moines; RUSSELL BRANDES, Hancock; GERALD JOHNSON, New Hampton; JOHN E. SELLERS, JR; Corydon; MADELINE MEYER, Odebolt; KEN MCNICHOLS, Bondurant; ROGER HOWELL, Earlham

Veterinary Medicine, Iowa Board ofJohn J. Schiltz, D.V.M., secretary, Wallace State Office Building, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-5305

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine was created in 1900 when the first Veterinary Practice Act became effective. The five-member board has three members who are licensed veterinarians and two members who represent the public. The state veterinarian serves as the board’s secretary.

The board offers examinations in April and December to qualified applicants to determine their personal and professional qualifications to practice veterinary medicine in Iowa. The board sets the standards for certification of veterinary assistants, and may conduct investigations, hold hearings, and take disciplinary action in matters involving the practice of veterinary medicine.

Board Members DON JACOBI, D.V.M., vice chair, Harlan; JANE MCCALL, Manchester; BRUCE VAN ZEE, D.V.M., Oakland; 2 Vacant positions

DEPARTMENT FOR THE BLIND

R. Creig Slayton, director

524 Fourth St., Des Moines 50309-2364

515/281-1333; 1-800-362-2587; TTY 515/281-1355; FAX 515/281-1263

JOHN WELLMAN, chair, Des Moines; term expires 2001; ROBERT J. MARTIN, Davenport; term expires 2000; JULIA SCURR, Mt. Pleasant; term expires 2002

The Department for the Blind, created in 1925, works with Iowans who are blind in support of their rights and aspirations to participate fully, productively and equally as first-class citizens within society. The department offers a variety of services. Its divisions and/or functions are: orientation and adjustment center, vocational and independent living rehabilitation, library for the blind and physically handicapped, business enterprises, special tools, devices and aids, registry of the blind, and public education and information about blindness.

The orientation and adjustment center is a residential training program for blind adults. Blind persons, especially newly blinded individuals, come to learn the techniques and skills of blindness, and, more importantly to develop positive attitudes about themselves as human beings who happen to be blind. Typical skills taught are travel with the “long white cane,” communications such as Braille and keyboarding skills, cooking, sewing, and other homemaking skills, uses of technology and industrial arts.

Vocational and independent living rehabilitation assists blind persons to realize their maximum potential of independence and self-support. Rehabilitation teachers provide one-on-one teaching of the skills and techniques of blindness in a person’s home community. Rehabilitation counselors work with blind persons to develop vocational goals, receive appropriate vocational training and employment. Independent living teachers provide services to blind Iowans who are ineligible for traditional vocational rehabilitation services because of age or a severe secondary disability. They work with individuals in their home communities and provide instruction in the skills and techniques of blindness. They expose blind persons to positive attitudes about blindness and assist in developing community based support systems.

The library for the blind and physically handicapped provides books and magazines in the alternative media of braille, recorded disc, cassette tape, and large type to eligible Iowans. Individuals who are blind, have a vision loss that does not constitute legal blindness, but is sufficient to prevent use of standard print with ease, physically handicapped or reading disabled persons qualify for library service. The library also distributes machines on which the records and tapes may be played.

The Business Enterprises Program enables blind Iowans to operate food service facilities on federal, state, municipal, and private property. The provision of initial and ongoing food service and management training, as well as beginning inventory and purchase of equipment, means that blind persons in the program can become self-sufficient, tax paying citizens.

The department makes available a variety of specialized aids, appliances and recreational items that can be purchased by blind Iowans at cost or furnished as part of some individual rehabilitation plans. White canes for independent travel, Braille and electronic watches and clocks, specially marked games, Braille and print writing devices, various types of measuring equipment and miscellaneous aids are among the items available.

A number of blind children are enrolled in regular public schools throughout the state. Upon request, the department works with the Bureau of Special Education of the Department of Education to procure books and specialized material for those children and to provide counseling and guidance.

A registry of the blind in Iowa showing cause of blindness, age and other statistical information valuable in program evaluation and planning is maintained by the department. It is estimated that there are more than 57,000 blind Iowans and that 25 Iowans become blind each week.

CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

Diann Wilder-Tomlinson, executive director

211 E. Maple Street, Des Moines 50309-1858

515/281-4121; 1/800/457-4416; Fax 515/242-5840

JACK MORLAN, West Des Moines; term expires 2001; ROBERT L. SMITH, JR., Waterloo; term expires 2001 ; FLORA M. LEE, Sioux City; term expires 2001; MOHAMAD W. KHAN, Pleasant Hill; term expires 2001; ALICIA P. CLAYPOOL, Des Moines; term expires 2003; RACHAEL J. SCHERLE, Henderson; term expires 2003; DAVID R. LESHTZ, Iowa City; term expires 2003

Under the Iowa Civil Rights Act of 1965, as amended, the Civil Rights Commission is charged with investigating, holding hearings, and rendering decisions on any complaints of unfair or discriminatory practices in public accommodations, employment, credit, housing, apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training programs and vocational schools on the basis of age, race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, or disability; and with planning and conducting programs designed to eliminate racial, religious, cultural, and intergroup tensions. The commission consists of seven members appointed by the governor to staggered terms of four years subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. No more than four members of the commission shall belong to the same political party, and its membership shall represent as wide an area as practical. Hearings are provided in the event of failure of conciliation, and orders resulting from such hearings are subject to judicial review. Commission officers are elected by the members and serve for one year starting on May 1.

COMMERCE, DEPARTMENT OF

Roger Halvorson, director

Lucas State Office Building, Des Moines 50319

The Department of Commerce was created to coordinate and administer the various regulatory, service, and licensing functions of the state relating to the conducting of business and commerce in the state.

The chief administrative officer of the department is the director. The director shall be appointed by the governor from among those individuals who serve as heads of the divisions within the department. The appointment shall rotate among the division heads such that the division head of any one division shall not be appointed to be the director for a second year until such time as each division head has served as the director. A division head appointed to be the director shall fulfill the responsibilities and duties of the director in addition to the individual’s responsibilities and duties as the head of a division. The department consists of the Office of Administrative Services and the following divisions:

Administrative ServicesMartin Deaton, Chief of Services; 1918 SE Hulsizer, Ankeny 50021; 515/281-7364

Administrative Services provides data processing, personnel, payroll and shared administrative support services for the department, and coordinates the development of the department’s finances.

Alcoholic Beverages DivisionJack Nystrom, administrator; 1918 S.E. Hulsizer Ave., Ankeny 50021; 515/281-7401

ROBERT L. CRAMER, Boone; term expires 2003; SHIRLEY DAGGETT, Earlham; term expires 2004; DARYL K. HENZE, Urbandale; term expires 2002; DR. SUZANNE B. MULDER, Ames; term expires 2000; DICK C. STOFFER, Chariton; term expires 2001

The Alcoholic Beverages Division was created administratively within the Department of Commerce to administer and enforce the laws of this state concerning beer, wine and alcoholic liquor. The division also has the sole power to buy, import, and sell at wholesale all alcoholic liquors in the state. Total funds generated in FY98 were in excess of $56 million with over $40 million being directly deposited into the state general fund. The wholesaling of liquor to package liquor stores accounted for approximately $33 million of total transfer.

An Alcoholic Beverages Commission was created within the division and is composed of five members, not more than three of whom shall belong to the same political party. Commission members are appointed by the governor for five-year terms subject to confirmation by two-thirds of the Senate. The commission shall act as a division policy-making body and serve in an advisory capacity to the division administrator.

The division administrator is appointed by the governor to a four-year term subject to confirmation by two-thirds of the Senate. The administrator supervises the daily operations of the division and executes the policies of the division as determined by the commission. The commission may affirm, reverse, or amend all actions of the administrator, including but not limited to the following instances:

A. Purchase of alcoholic liquor for resale by the division.
B. The granting or refusing of liquor licenses and permits, wine permits, and beer permits and the suspension or revocation of the licenses and permits.
C. The establishment of wholesale prices of alcoholic liquor.

The division has the sole power to appoint necessary employees; to determine the nature, form and capacity of packages kept or sold under the act, and to prescribe or approve labels and seals to be placed on same; to license, inspect, and control the manufacture of alcoholic liquors in Iowa; and to make rules and regulations necessary for carrying out the provisions of the act.

Banking DivisionMichael K. Guttau, superintendent; 200 E. Grand Ave., Suite 300, Des Moines, 50309; 515/281-4014

CARMELA BROWN, Des Moines; term expires 2001; NANCY V. DUNKEL, Dyersville; term expires 2001; SANDRA T. HOWARD, Council Bluffs; term expires 2001; ROBERT THOMSON, Charles City; term expires 2001; WILLIAM MOUW, Sioux Center; term expires 2001; ALAN ZUCKERT, Des Moines; term expires 2001

The superintendent of banking and members of the state banking board are appointed by the Governor to a term of four years. The superintendent is an ex-officio member and chair of the state banking board, which acts in an advisory capacity in matters which come before the superintendent.

The superintendent of banking is charged with the supervision and regulation of all state-chartered banks, trust companies, finance companies, credit card companies, debt management companies, and persons engaged in the business of selling written instruments for payment or transmission of money. The banking division is also the licensing authority for mortgage bankers, brokers, and registrants. It is the responsibility of the superintendent and division staff to protect the interests and rights of depositors, creditors, and shareholders of institutions subject to regulatory purview of the division of banking. This is done through regular on-site examination and analysis of the affairs and condition of each regulated institution. The division also provides an orderly process for the authorization of new bank charters, charter conversions, mergers, consolidations, and dissolutions; advises governmental bodies, agencies, and individuals in banking matters; provides fundamental and technical assistance to banks; and, in so doing, maintains an equitable fee structure to fund division expenditures.

Credit Union DivisionJames E. Forney, superintendent; 200 E. Grand Ave., Suite 370, Des Moines 50309; 515/281-6514

PATRICIA A. BERDING, Sioux City; term expires 2001; JOHN J. BENTLER, Burlington; term expires 2000; BARBARA OLIVER HALL, Des Moines; term expires 2002; DON E. GETTINGS, Ottumwa; term expires 2002; DIANE L. KOLLASCH, Spirit Lake; term expires 2001; TOM N. SARVIS, Dubuque; term expires 2000; WILLIAM G. SIZER, Waterloo; term expires 2000

The Department of Credit Unions was established January 1, 1979, by the 67th General Assembly, and was reorganized as the Division of Credit Unions within the Department of Commerce by the 71st General Assembly, July 1, 1986. The superintendent is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor subject to confirmation by the Senate. The seven-member review board is appointed by the governor for staggered three-year terms, also subject to confirmation by the Senate. Two of the board members may be public members; however, at no time shall more than five of the members be directors or employees of a credit union. A list of nominees may be submitted to the governor by any credit union located in the state. The board may adopt, amend, and repeal rules pursuant to Chapter 17A or take such action as it deems necessary or suitable to affect the provisions of Chapter 533, Code of Iowa.

The superintendent is charged with the supervision, control, and enforcement of the laws, bylaws, rules, and regulations pertaining to the organization and operation of credit unions operating under a state charter. It is the intent and responsibility of the superintendent and division staff to protect the interests and corporate rights of more than 780,000 members of Iowa credit unions. This is done through regular examination and analysis of the operation in each credit union, with such remedial action taken as deemed necessary. In addition, the division provides an orderly process for the chartering, merger, conversion, and liquidation of state credit unions; advises governmental bodies and agencies and individuals in the matters of credit union affairs; provides fundamental and technical assistance to credit unions; provides state liaison with authorized member account insurers; and maintains an equitable fee structure and offset of division expenditures.

Insurance DivisionTherese M. Vaughan, insurance commissioner; 330 Maple Street, Des Moines 50319; 515/281-5705

The Office of Commissioner of Insurance, as the executive head of the Insurance Division of the Department of Commerce, was created by Chapter 146, of the Laws of the 35th General Assembly (1913). The first commissioner took office on July 1, 1914. Previous to that time, the supervision of insurance had been under the direction of the auditor of state.

The commissioner of insurance has general control, supervision, and direction over all insurance business transacted in the state, and is charged with the responsibility of administering the laws of the state relating to insurance.

The commissioner supervises all transactions relating to the organization, reorganization, liquidation, and dissolution of domestic insurance corporations. The commissioner supervises the sale in the state of all stock or other evidences of interest either by domestic or foreign insurance companies. The commissioner is the statutory receiver in the event of liquidation of any Iowa insurance company.

All domestic and foreign insurance companies must, before engaging in the insurance business in this state, obtain a certificate of authority from the commissioner of insurance. These certificates expire annually on May 1, and action is taken on the renewals after analysis of this complete financial statements covering the condition of the company as of the previous year end. There are approximately 1,650 insurance companies authorized to do business in the state.

A state statute requires casualty insurance companies to file policy forms and rates with the insurance commissioner for approval, and a rating division has been set up with the insurance department to handle form and rate filings together with supporting statistical information. There are approximately 36,000 filings each year.

In addition, the commissioner supervises the business of life and health insurers, health maintenance organizations and mutual hospital and health service corporations, including rates and forms used by them. There are approximately 25,000 of these filings each year.

The commissioner conducts examinations of all domestic insurance organizations at least once every three years. The commissioner may also make an examination of any foreign insurance company authorized or seeking to be authorized to do business within the state.

The Consumer and Legal Affairs Bureau handles citizens complaints and inquiries and investigates/prosecutes any wrongdoing by insurance agents and companies. Also regulated by this bureau is agents licensing. Each individual insurance agent must be licensed and maintain yearly continuing education eligibility. There are approximately 31,000 licensed agents.

The Iowa securities law is administered by the commissioner of insurance through the superintendent of securities. Chapter 502 of the Code of Iowa empowers the commissioner to regulate the sale of securities within the state of Iowa and provides for the licensing of securities salesmen and dealers.

The commissioner also has jurisdiction over the sale of stock on the installment plan and sale of memberships or certificates of membership entitling the holder thereof to purchase merchandise, materials, or services on a discount or cot-plus basis.

The Regulated Industries Unit of the Securities Bureau is responsible for regulatory oversight of 9 areas which are neither insurance nor securities. These areas include Motor Vehicle Service Contract, Membership Sales Act, Funeral Services and Merchandise, Sale of Cemetery Merchandise, Business Opportunity, Residential Service contract; Loan Brokers, Retirement facilities and Invention Developers.

Professional Licensing and Regulation DivisionRoger A. Halvorson, administrator; 1918 S.E. Hulsizer Ave., Ankeny 50021; 515/281-5596

The Professional Licensing and Regulation division shall administer and coordinate the licensing and regulation of several professions by bringing together the following licensing boards; the engineering and land surveying examining board, accountancy examining board, real estate commission, architectural examining board, the landscape architectural examining board, and the real estate appraiser examining board.

The division is headed by the administrator of professional licensing and regulation, who shall be appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the Senate and shall serve a four-year term.

The licensing and regulation boards and commission included in the division retain the powers granted them pursuant to the chapters in which they are created, except for budgetary and personnel matters, which shall be handled by the administrator.


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