USDA Settles a Packers and Stockyards Case with Tri-County Livestock Exchange Inc. and Larry Congleton

Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 9:30am
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) entered into a stipulation agreement with Tri-County Livestock Exchange Inc. (Tri-County) and Larry Congleton (Congleton) of Campbellsburg, Ky., on Aug. 18, 2022, for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act. Under the terms of the stipulation, Tri-County and Congleton waived their rights to a hearing and paid a penalty of $1,000.

An investigation by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)  revealed that Tri-County failed to maintain its custodial account, resulting in custodial shortages of $5,065 on Jan. 31, 2022, and $14,143 on Feb. 28, 2022. The custodial shortages resulted from the failure of Tri-County to reimburse its custodial account timely.

A custodial account is a trust account designated for shippers’ proceeds from the sale of livestock in trust for sellers. Failure to reimburse the custodial account timely and operating with custodial account shortages is a violation of the P&S Act and places livestock sellers at risk of not being paid timely or at all.

The P&S Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to assess civil penalties up to $29,616 per violation against any person after notice and opportunity for a hearing on the record. USDA may offer alleged violators the option of waiving their right to a hearing and enter into a stipulation agreement to resolve alleged violations quickly.

The P&S Act is a fair-trade practice and payment protection law that promotes fair and competitive marketing environments for the livestock, meat, and poultry industries.

For further information about the Packers and Stockyards Act, contact Kraig Roesch, Packers and Stockyards Division, at (202) 720-7051 or by email at


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