No criminal charges in Anderson Seed case

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No criminal charges will be filed in the case of a Minnesota-based sunflower processing company that went out of business in 2012.

The South Dakota Attorney General’s Office has ruled the Anderson Seed matter is a civil one, said Sara Rabern, spokeswoman with the office. The decision could make it tougher for farmers in the Dakotas to recoup some of their losses resulting from doing business with the company.

In early 2012, Anderson Seed went insolvent. Farmers in South Dakota and North Dakota claimed they were owed about $5 million for sunflower deliveries for which they had not been paid.

The company’s assets were ultimately sold.

— Reporter Scott Waltman