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Jack Weatherly

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Senate bill gives farmers loan lull

posted: 09/17/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' U.S. senators, John Boozman and Mark Pryor, on Tuesday filed a bill called the Farmer Flexibility Act of 2014 that could protect farmers who have sold their grain but did not get payment before the buyer filed for bankruptcy.

Pay woes for grain growing tendrils

posted: 09/14/2014 3:34 a.m. Discuss

The troubles of Turner Grain Merchandising in Arkansas have spread to other states.

Turner Grain's leader: Busted

posted: 09/06/2014 3:30 a.m. Comment 1

Dale Bartlett, president of Turner Grain Merchandising of Brinkley, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday under Chapter 12, which is designed for individuals involved in agriculture.

Legislature dropped bill in '91 on licensing for grain dealers

posted: 09/06/2014 3:06 a.m. Comment 1

A member of the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1991 radically changed the original intent of legislation that was to establish the licensing and bonding of grain dealers in the state.

Grain firm closure alarms town

posted: 09/06/2014 2:11 a.m. Comment 1

BRINKLEY — Gene Depriest munches slowly on an improvised sandwich, a slice of white bread folded over egg salad, as he sits at a table next to the kitchen door.

Judge lifts Turner Commodities' frozen-assets order

posted: 08/29/2014 1:56 a.m. Discuss

MARIANNA -- A window into the operations of Turner Grain Merchandising Inc. was opened Thursday during a hearing on a motion in the case that has riveted attention on the operations of the firm linked to defaults to farmers that state agricultural officials have estimated at between $20 million and $50 million.

Hearing takes up defaults on grain

posted: 08/23/2014 3:33 a.m. Comments 4

Farmers in Arkansas and some neighboring states stand to lose $20 million -- possibly as much as $50 million -- in the payment defaults of Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley, according to statements made by agricultural officials during a legislative committee hearing Friday.

At LR, 2 differ on how U.S. health care advances

posted: 08/22/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

Two speakers at a forum Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center had differing perspectives on health care in the United States.

Grain payment defaults draw suit

posted: 08/21/2014 2:37 a.m. Comment 1

Farmers in southeast Arkansas have filed suit in Lee County Circuit Court seeking an undisclosed amount of money or return of their grain for which they contracted with Turner Merchandising Inc. to sell.

Dealer buffer for grain farmers lacking, 2 say

posted: 08/20/2014 5:01 a.m. Discuss

There are no protections at the state or federal level for grain farmers in Arkansas who stand to lose millions of dollars in crops they have sold to Turner Grain Merchandising in Brinkley, which has not paid them for their harvests.

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