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Published November 04, 2010, 09:25 AM

Eastern Illinois grain elevator forced to close

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has taken over an eastern Illinois grain elevator after the business was forced to close.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has taken over an eastern Illinois grain elevator after the business was forced to close.

Department spokesman Jeff Squibb said Wednesday that Mansfield Grain, Inc. turned over its license to operate and shut down on Monday.

Squibb said some grain stored in the facility had deteriorated and the business couldn’t afford to compensate farmers for damage to their crops.

The department took over the elevator and its assets.

Squibb said farmers who have not been paid for grain sold to the facility will have to file claims. Claims will be covered by the Illinois Grain Insurance Fund.

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