Minding Ag's Business
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Fri Jan 31, 2014 05:40 PM CST

The U.S. Attorney in Springfield Illinois announced that it had reached a $5.364 million civil settlement with a prominent Illinois farm family, as DTN's Chris Clayton reported Wednesday, and that's been the buzz in farm country since (see DTN Farm Business page). The central Illinois family farm business, collectively known as Dowson Farms, had been newsworthy for setting the bar on sizzling cash rents in recent years, much to local farmers' dismay. But Illinois farm management firms held them in high regard as tenants, both for their farming practices and their returns.

Now the Justice Department alleges the farm's principal ...

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