The U.S. Department of Agriculture has charged a Utah livestock dealer with failing to increase his $10,000 surety bond to $90,000, federal officials said Monday.

Jeff Palmer, Sandy, was told last June that, based upon his volume of business as Palmer Cattle Co., his surety bond would have to be increased to legally continue in the business, said Calvin Watkins, a USDA administrator.Palmer has a right to a hearing on the administrative charge filed under authority of the Packers and Livestock Act.

If the charge is proven, Watkins said Palmer's firm could be suspended from business and ordered to pay a civil penalty.