LANGFORD, S.D. — A Langford man accused of failing to pay for 2,210 head of livestock in a timely matter has been ordered to pay a $20,000 civil penalty, according to a new release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA issued a complaint against Keith Jensen for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards Act in August.
USDA claims that Jensen, who operates Keith Jensen Livestock, missed payment on the livestock from Sept. 11, 2014, to Feb. 12, 2015.
The late payments totaled $4.07 million, according to the release.
"Also, in the event Keith Jensen Livestock mails payments for future livestock purchases, payments are to be postmarked on the day after the scheduled date of the sale," the release reads.
Failure to pay for livestock purchases by the close of the first business day following the purchase and transfer of possession is a violation of the Packers and Stockyards Act.