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Farmers Union to host grain buyer and warehouse meeting

CHAMBERLAIN -- South Dakota Farmers Union will host an informational meeting on grain buying and warehousing at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at AmericInn, Chamberlain.

South Dakota Public Utilities Vice Chairman Chris Nelson, along with representatives from both South Dakota and Iowa's grain buyer and grain warehouse regulatory staff, will attend and give presentations on the laws and rules regarding grain buying and grain warehousing in South Dakota and Iowa.

Nelson plans to discuss recent legislation regarding grain buyer and warehouse legislation that passed the 2013 South Dakota Legislature.

Jim Mehlhaff, the South Dakota PUC's warehouse division director, will give a presentation about South Dakota's licensing and inspection program.

The laws were changed this year in response to the insolvency of Minnesota-based Anderson Seed Company's facility in Redfield in February 2012 where producers lost an estimated $2.6 million.

Richard Wahl, grain bureau chief for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will discuss his state's rules and regulations pertaining to grain buying and warehousing.