LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Rice farmers in Louisiana and Texas have filed papers to join an Arkansas lawsuit that accuses RiceTec Inc. of providing hybrid seed that produced inferior rice and didn't live up to promised yields.
Court papers filed in Greene County Circuit Court show that 11 farmers in Louisiana and seven in Texas have joined the suit. The law firm representing the farmers said Thursday that a total of 51 growers are now suing the Texas-based company.
RiceTec denies that its products are defective and vows to defend itself in court.
The farmers claim in their lawsuit that RiceTec falsely represented the quality of its hybrid rice. The farmers say the hybrid doesn't mill as well as traditional long-grain rice, which has hurt farmers' ability to export their products.