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Title XVII AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS

Chapter 276

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  276.436.  Amount of bond — director to establish by rule — formula — minimum and maximum — additional bond because of low net worth or other circumstances — failure to maintain, effect. — 1.  The total amount of the surety bond required of a dealer licensed pursuant to sections 276.401 to 276.582 shall be established by the director by rule, but in no event shall such bond be less than fifty thousand dollars nor more than six hundred thousand dollars, except as authorized by other provisions of sections 276.401 to 276.582.

  2.  The formula for determining the amount of bond shall be established by the director by rule and shall be computed at a rate of no less than the principal amount to the nearest one thousand dollars, equal to two percent of the aggregate dollar amount paid by the dealer for grain purchased in the state of Missouri and those states with whom Missouri has entered into contracts or agreements as authorized by section 276.566 during the dealer's last completed fiscal year, or, in the case of a dealer who has been engaged in business as a grain dealer for less than one year or who has not previously engaged in such business, two percent of the estimated aggregate dollar amount to be paid by the dealer for grain purchased in the state of Missouri and those states with whom Missouri has entered into contracts or agreements as authorized by section 276.566 during the applicant's initial fiscal year.

  3.  Any licensed grain dealer or applicant who has, at any time, a net worth less than the amount required by subsection 7 of section 276.421 shall be required to obtain a surety bond in the amount of one thousand dollars for each one thousand dollars or fraction thereof of the net worth deficiency.  Failure to post such additional bond is grounds for refusal to license or the suspension or revocation of a license issued under sections 276.401 to 276.582.  This additional bond can be in addition to or greater than or both in addition to and greater than the maximum bond as set by this section.

  4.  The director may, when the question arises as to a grain dealer's ability to pay for grain purchased, require a grain dealer to post an additional bond in a dollar amount deemed appropriate by the director.  Such additional bond can be in addition to or greater than or both in addition to and greater than the maximum bond as set by this section.  The director must furnish to the dealer, by certified mail, a written statement of the reasons for requesting additional bond and the reasons for questioning the dealer's ability to pay.  Failure to post such additional bond is a ground for modification, suspension or revocation by the director of a license issued under sections 276.401 to 276.582.  The determination of insufficiency of a bond and of the amount of the additional bond shall be based upon evidence presented to the director that a dealer:

  (1)  Is or may be unable to meet his dollar or grain obligations as they become due;

  (2)  Has acted or is acting in a way which might lead to the impairment of his capital;

  (3)  As a result of his activity, inactivity, or purchasing and pricing practices and procedures, including, but not limited to, the dealer's deferred pricing or deferred payment practices and procedures, is or may be unable to honor his grain purchase obligations arising out of his dealer business.  The amount of the additional bond required under this subsection shall not exceed the amount of the dealer's current loss position.  Current loss position shall be the sum of the dealer's current liabilities less current assets or the amount by which he is currently unable to meet the grain purchase obligations arising out of his dealer business.

  5.  One bond, cumulative as to minimum requirements, may be given where a dealer has multiple licenses; except however, that in computing the amount of the single bond the grain dealer may add together the total purchases of grain of all locations to be covered thereby and use the aggregate total purchases for the fiscal year for the purpose of computing bond.  However, this single cumulative bond must be at least equal to fifty thousand dollars per dealer license issued up to the six hundred thousand dollar maximum bond amount specified in subsection 1 of this section.  When a grain dealer elects to provide a single bond for a number of licensed locations, the total assets of all the licensed locations shall be subject to liabilities of each individual licensed location.

  6.  Failure of a grain dealer to provide and file a bond and financial statement and to keep such bond in force shall be grounds for the suspension or revocation, by the director, of a license issued under sections 276.401 to 276.582.

  7.  A dealer shall be required to post additional surety bond when he surpasses the estimated aggregate dollar amount to be paid for grain purchased as set forth in subsection 2 of this section.  Such additional bond shall be determined by the director so as to effectively protect sellers of grain dealing with such dealer.

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(L. 1980 H.B. 1627 § 8, A.L. 1981 H.B. 892, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1578, A.L. 1997 H.B. 211, A.L. 2011 H.B. 458 merged with S.B. 356)


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