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Arkansas agency closes Pine Bluff rice mill


PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has closed a Pine Bluff rice mill after the company laid off 35 workers without notice while defaulting on $10 million in state loans.

The "cease and desist" notice issued to Southwind Milling Co. prohibits the movement of rough rice in or out of the mill, department spokesman Adriane Barnes told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ).

Barnes said the company will remain closed until it secures more bonds or finds more cash capital and can comply with the state Public Grain Warehouse Act. Barnes said the depart...

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