Collapse of Malheur County grain firm leaves farmers out in the cold

By John Braese and Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
NYSSA – Snow crushed buildings at Farmers Grain in January but the company at the time was under a far more threatening load that couldn’t be shoveled away – millions in debt.
This month, that load proved too much, and the company collapsed, affecting farmers, dairies and investors across the Treasure Valley.
Farmers Grain, a grain broker and processor, closed a week ago when efforts to save the business through a bankruptcy reorganization proved to be too little too late.
A federal judge last week ordered the business liquidated, and the fate of modern grain elevators, storage sheds, truck fleets and more remains uncertain.
“It was a shock to everyone,” said Scott Cruickshank, an Ontario farmer owed $26,242 for grain he delivered to Farmers Grain. “There is a bunch of us that will lose a ton of money.”
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