Unlicensed Grain Buyer Did Business in South Dakota for 15 Years
High Country Mercantile, Cody, WY, facing possible injunction
A Wyoming feed company is facing a possible injunction for buying South Dakota grains after doing business in the state for over a decade without proper licensing, reports The Jamestown Sun.
The Public Utilities Commission after a testy debate on Wednesday, Aug. 7, voted 2-1 to pursue an injunction against High Country Mercantile, Cody, WY, for making more than 100 grain purchases from South Dakota farmers without the state-mandated grain buyer license.
High Country Mercantile has a middle-man business model, sourcing ingredients from farmers to be resold to animal feed manufacturers.
Owner Pam Connally told commissioners Wednesday that she had been "in the dark," unaware that her company was violating state statute during the 15 years they have done business in South Dakota.