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MADISON PARISH (KTVE/KARD) — On Tuesday, March 21, 2023, inspectors with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) Livestock Brand Commission arrested 44-year-old Joseph Ryan Elliott of Oak Grove, La. for Felony Theft of over $5,000. According to officials, the arrest was a result of an arrest warrant from Morehouse Parish, regarding an investigation conducted by the Livestock Brand Commission.

An investigation by LDAF’s Livestock Brand Commission determined that Elliott allegedly received over 1,207 bushels of #1 yellow soybeans from a producer in October 2022 for the purpose of transporting them to a grain elevator in Morehouse Parish. According to a press release, Elliott allegedly sold the soybeans in his name and retained the funds of the sale after arriving at the grain elevator.

Officials confirmed that Elliott was booked in the Morehouse Parish Jail.

In addition to investigating livestock theft, the LDAF Livestock Brand Commission is also responsible for investigating all other agricultural crimes in Louisiana, including theft of farm equipment, or, in this case, crops. Livestock Brand officers are commissioned by the Louisiana State Police to perform their duties. As such, they’re an important part of the process in making sure perpetrators of agricultural theft are held responsible for their crimes.

LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M.