The commission shall appoint a farm management director who, in addition to qualifications established by the commission, shall have owned, operated or managed a farm for at least five years within ten years immediately prior to being appointed. The farm management director is the chief executive officer of the commission and is responsible for conducting the operations of the farms. The director shall prepare an annual report of the farming operations, including a listing of all receipts and expenditures and shall present it to the commission and the Legislature at the end of each fiscal year.
As authorized or directed by the commission, the director shall also:
(1) Prepare the annual budget request for the operation of the institutional farms and submit it to the commission for approval and submission to the secretary of the department of administration.
(2) Receive and approve all requisitions for farm supplies and equipment.
(3) Supervise the operation of all canneries and determine what foods are to be canned.
(4) Recruit and approve assistant farm managers to supervise each institutional farm.
(5) Implement all orders of the commission.
(6) Supervise all other employees of the commission.
(7) Transfer farm supplies, farm equipment, farm facilities, food stuffs and produce from one institutional farm to another to promote efficiency and improve farm management.
With the approval of the commission, the farm management director may rent or lease additional land for farm use.
By the thirtieth day of September each year, each institution under the control of the division of health and the division of corrections shall present to the farm management director a purchase order for its food requirements during the next fiscal year as determined by the institution. If, during the year, an institution finds that it needs other or additional food, milk, or commodities not included in its purchase order for the year, the institutional superintendent may forward a supplemental request to the farm management director, which order may be filled depending on availability. If institutional farms produce more food, milk and other commodities than can be sold to the institutions, the farm management director may sell the surplus to other state agencies willing to purchase. If any surplus remains after sales to other state agencies, the director may sell the surplus on the open market, or at the discretion of the director, turn over any surplus food products to appropriate public, nonprofit agencies upon application.
On the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety, the division of health and the division of corrections shall each transfer, by interdepartmental transfer, the sum of two hundred thousand dollars to the farm management commission to be credited toward their purchase of food products from the commission. Such credits shall be treated as advance payments for food products purchased by these divisions pursuant to this section and such divisions shall not be required to make actual payments for food products until such credits have been completely expended.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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