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Midstate Mills under investigation

October 29, 2012

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is continuing the investigation and efforts to resolve complaints that Midstate Mills Inc., of Newton, failed to pay farmers for wheat delivered in recent months.

“Something has got to happen today (Friday) for Midstate Mills to keep their license, “ said Assistant Agriculture commissioner David McLeod.

If the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services determines that Midstate has violated the law, it could revoke the company’s grain dealer license, and Midstate would be prohibited from doing business as a grain dealer in North Carolina.

“We have received six complaints from area farmers and expect to see as many as twenty,” McLeod said.

Farmers who wish to file a complaint regarding nonpayment for grain should contact the department at 919-707-3041, or send a written complaint to N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001.

To read more of this story, pick up the weekend edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.

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