Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) announced settlements resulting in $17,160 in civil penalties.

    1. AMVC Management Services, LLC, Audubon, Iowa – agreed to pay a penalty of $4,000 after GIPSA found that in their swine production contracts they did not disclose the grower’s right to cancel the contract, including the method and dealing for cancellation, and contain an “Addition Capital Investments Disclosure Statement.”

 

    1. Oak Lake Cattle Co., Inc., I.E. Bryd, President, Okeechobee, Fla. – agreed to pay a penalty of $825 after GIPSA found that they failed to timely pay, when due, for livestock purchases.

 

    1. Barney M. Gibson, Statesville, N.C. – agreed to pay a penalty of $2,585 after GIPSA found that he failed to timely pay, when due, for livestock purchases.

 

    1. Shannon Davis, Winnsboro Livestock Commission, Inc., dba Winnsboro Livestock & Dairy Auction, Winnsboro, Texas – agreed to pay a penalty of $2,000 after GIPSA found that they operated as a market agency selling livestock on commission with shortages in the market’s Custodial Account for Shippers Proceeds on two occasions in April of 2010.

 

    1. Randall Reynolds, dba Geneva-Berne Salebarn, Geneva, Ind. – agreed to pay a penalty of $2,500 after GIPSA found that he charged a per head fee and changed the price per pound when buying cattle on a carcass basis.

 

    1. Holden Farms, Inc., New Ulm, Minn. – agreed to pay a penalty of $2,500 after GIPSA found that they failed to comply with contractual requirements.

 

    1. Randy R. Wientjes, dba Brookport Cattle Co., Metropolis, Ill. – agreed to pay a penalty of $2,000 after GIPSA found that he failed to pay, when due, for livestock purchases on 14 occasions and failed to maintain all sales invoices and adequate records to trace livestock from purchase to sale.

 

  1. Decker’s Livestock, Inc., Milford, Ill. – agreed to pay a penalty of $750 after GIPSA found that they used unfair and captive tariff practices.

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Posted 11/25/2010