USDA Settles a Case with the Lynn R. Hottle, D.B.A. Hottle Livestock Resulting in a $1,250 Penalty
WASHINGTON, March 11, 2019 – On Aug. 20, 2018, Lynn R. Hottle, doing business as Hottle Livestock (Hottle), Rome, Pa., waived his right to a hearing, entered into a stipulation agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and paid a penalty of $1,250 for alleged violations of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act.
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) investigation revealed that during the period of January 2018 to March 2018, Hottle failed to pay for livestock purchases within the timeframe required by the P&S Act. The practice of packers failing to pay timely for livestock purchases is an unfair practice under the P&S Act.