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State officials looking for farmers who lost money to Wood County grain company


WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAU) - State officials say a Wood County grain buyer has defaulted on payments, and are looking for people who might have lost money in the process.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says Ruby Grain in Wisconsin Rapids stopped paying grain farmers for the crops they'd picked up some time in September after the storage company they worked with went into receivership. Jeremy McPherson from the Department of Consumer Protection says they're already moving to recover funds from Ruby Grain. "For Ruby specifically, so far we have 12 claims, and the total dollar amount is about $75,000 at this point."

The state maintains a fund specifically to handle these sorts of claims and MacPherson says they don't have to pay out from it all that often. "It doesn't happen very often that there's a default, but when it does, that's why we manage the program and the fund."

If you sold grain to Ruby and weren't paid for it, MacPherson says you should contact DATCP. "We can walk them through the process of making the claim and providing documentation, and then we'll include them in the list of growers."

Claims need to be made by November 8 to be eligible for reimbursement.

To make a claim, contact Eric Hanson at 608-224-4968 or via email: Eric.Hanson@wi.gov