TOPEKA – (July 24, 2015) – A group of Southeast Kansas farmers received a total of $400,000 under a settlement with a Louisiana-based grain marketing firm, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today.
Schmidt entered into the settlement with CGB Diversified Services, Inc., following an investigation for alleged violations of the Kansas Consumer Protection Act. The allegations stemmed from the sale of grain by fifteen farmers in Cherokee, Crawford and Montgomery counties to CGB for which they did not receive payment between 2003 and 2006. The attorney general’s investigation had been ongoing since 2007. The agreement was reached in May, and earlier this week, payments were distributed to the affected farmers. CGB did not admit any wrongdoing.
“Kansas farmers work hard every day and deserve to be treated fairly,” Schmidt said. “After years of work, this settlement was able to return to this group of farmers some of the money they were owed.”
More information on the attorney general’s consumer protection efforts can be found online at www.InYourCornerKansas.org.