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Notice of Failure The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on behalf of the Farm Produce Insurance Authority and in accordance with Sections 7(7) (g) and 15(2) (f) of the Farm Produce Insurance Act, PA 198 of 2003, as amended, is providing a notice of failure as to Pipeline Foods, LLC. of Minneapolis, MN. This notice is for its failure to financially satisfy claimants on October 20, 2021 in its capacity as a licensed grain dealer under the Grain Dealers Act, PA 141 of 1939, as amended. Contact Our Office for More Information

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development licenses individuals and business who receive, buy, exchange, sell, or store dry edible beans, soy beans, small grains, cereal grains and/or corn in the state of Michigan.

Statutory exceptions to the licensing requirements are as follows:

  • A grower or producer who sells farm produce that the grower or producer actually produces.
  • A person who buys farm produce, pursuant to a cash sale, as a feeder of the person's own livestock or poultry.
  • A person who handled less than 30,000 bushels of farm produce from producers in the prior or current fiscal period, buying farm produce in a cash sale.
  • A person who contracts for land or services to produce seed for sowing or propagation.
  • A person who purchases farm produce from other than a grower or producer pursuant to a cash sale.

Note: Exceptions are not available if the person is required to offer warehouse receipts, price later agreements, or if the person takes title prior to payment to farm produce of a producer or grower. To qualify for an exception, the person must engage solely in the exceptions listed above.


Jeff Haarer, Program Manager, Producer Security Program
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

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MDARD has rolled out a Measured Self Inventory (MSI) program for licensed grain dealers. The program utilizes ExamNet software. Measured Self Inventory is useful to dealers for managing and identifying trends in grain quality, reconciling inter-company transfers, identifying grain theft, and satisfying lenders. Regulators can save more than half of their on-site time spent on audits each year through spot-checks and audits of dealer records conducted by MDARD staff.
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Farm Produce Insurance Authority

The Michigan Farm Produce Insurance Authority, created by P.A. 198 of 2003, is a ten-member (eight voting) board, representing farmers, grain industry, banking interests, and has the responsibility of establishing, administering and promoting the Farm Produce Insurance Fund. Director is the non-voting chair; others appointed by the Governor.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The Producer Security Program, which oversees the licensing of grain dealers and haulers and conducts the responsibilities outlined in the Farm Produce Insurance Act (PA 198 of 2003, as amended), receives many questions. See if your question's already been answered.