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WSDA to investigate ag fraud


While growers are starting to harvest hay and early-season produce, they also need to focus on their bottom line, including getting paid promptly. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) says it’s ready to respond to complaints of theft, fraud and other unfair business practices growers encounter.

WSDA’s Agricultural Investigations Program licenses more than 800 dealers, brokers, agents and cash buyers of livestock, produce, hay, seed and other crops. In most cases, WSDA requires licensees to purchase a bond.

Farmers sell to agricultural dealers under a wide variety of agreements ranging from consignment to cash payment. While the majority of transactions are completed...

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