Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 6. Agricultural Commodity Dealers

Bonding Requirement Amounts -- Cancellation

80-4-604. Bonding requirement amounts -- cancellation. (1) An applicant for a license to operate as a commodity dealer shall, before a license may be issued, file with the department a surety bond or its equivalent, as established by department rule, payable to the state.

(2) Except as provided in 80-4-601(5)(b) and subsection (3) of this section:

(a) the bond for a commodity dealer may not exceed 2% of the value of the agricultural commodities purchased by the commodity dealer from the producer during the previous 12-month period;

(b) the bond for all new applicants is 2% of the estimated value of all agricultural commodities to be purchased during the coming 12-month period; and

(c) the minimum amount of bond required by any commodity dealer is $20,000 and the maximum is prescribed in 80-4-405.

(3) (a) A commodity dealer acting as a broker and contracting or otherwise conducting business with a commodity dealer licensed in Montana shall post the minimum amount of bond pursuant to subsection (2)(c).

(b) A commodity dealer acting as a broker and contracting or otherwise conducting business with a buyer not licensed as a commodity dealer in Montana shall:

(i) post the maximum amount of bond required by 80-4-405; and

(ii) be held jointly liable with the buyer for failure to comply with terms of a written contract or failure to pay for a commodity purchase under an oral agreement pursuant to 80-4-612.

(4) A surety shall notify the commodity dealer and the department by certified mail at least 60 days prior to the cancellation of the bond. A commodity dealer's bond filed with the department is continuous until canceled by the surety upon 60 days' notice; however, cancellation does not terminate any liability of the surety incurred prior to the date of cancellation.

History: En. Sec. 50, Ch. 539, L. 1983; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 578, L. 1985; amd. Sec. 6, Ch. 299, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 12, Ch. 452, L. 1993; amd. Sec. 8, Ch. 175, L. 2011; amd. Sec. 4, Ch. 302, L. 2019.