PINE BLUFF, Ark. — A Pine Bluff rice mill has reopened after it was briefly shut down by state agriculture authorities due to a grain shortage and a payment complaint.

An auditor with the Arkansas Plant Board posted a cease and desist notice on the property of Southwind Milling Co. on Friday, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/2cBFc0o ) reports . The notice said Southwind had violated the Arkansas Public Grain Warehouse Law for not having enough rice to cover a pending contract.

The order to shut down was lifted Tuesday after a financial agreement was made between the company and a customer. She said no other actions are pending.

Agriculture department spokesman Adriane Barnes says Southwind is having financial issues and that the department is guiding operations until the rice mill is again on solid ground.

The rice mill was ordered to not take or move any grain, except for deliveries from Riceland Foods in Dumas and from a warehouse in Dumas operated by Bruce Oakley Inc.

Barnes said those exceptions were allowed because the grain involved had already been paid for.

Southwind is owned by Optimum Agriculture of Miami, and opened last year in the Port of Pine Bluff’s industrial district on the Arkansas River.


Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com