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  • SIBLEY, Iowa— Iowa farmers who have been dealing for weeks with thousands of rotting dead chickens are frustrated by the government's response to the Midwest bird flu outbreak. Several chicken and turkey farmers expressed their concerns Saturday at public meetings in northwest Iowa, the Des Moines Register reported. More than 25 million chickens, turkeys and...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. The virus spread appears to have slowed but not stopped. Carton egg prices reached a record Friday of $2.32 a dozen for Midwest large eggs, said...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.

  • IRETON, IOWA/ CHICAGO, May 21- Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at...

  • REMBRANDT ENTERPRISES TO TEMPORARILY LAY OFF 39 WORKERS AT MINNESOTA EGG FACILITY DUE TO BIRD FLU.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Minnesota notched six straight days without a new case of bird flu on Thursday, and though state officials aren't ready to say the outbreak is over, they're beginning to stand down. The first case of H5N2 in the Midwest was confirmed in early March at a Minnesota turkey farm, and the virus then spread to 88 farms in the country's top turkey producing...

  • IRETON, IOWA/ CHICAGO, May 21- Measures to control the worst bird flu outbreak in U.S. history are not being enforced at several farms at its epicenter in northwestern Iowa, potentially increasing the risks that the disease could spread further, spot checks by Reuters show. In visits to six affected sites in Iowa last week, a Reuters reporter found procedures at...

  • About 14,000 South Dakota residents have individual insurance plans that are compliant with the ACA through the company, which makes up about 4 percent of its total members in the state. In South Dakota and Iowa, Wellmark has so far decided not to join the federal health care exchange set up by the Affordable Care Act, but still allows members who do not receive...

  • Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the pact that Equifax, Experian and TransUnion struck with attorneys general in 31 states. "I am pleased that our agreement brings about reforms that will provide for more effective dealings and better communication between consumers and the credit reporting agencies," said Alabama Attorney General Luther...

  • ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle salmonella criminal case Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million, a sum that includes the highest criminal fine ever in a U.S. food safety case, to settle a federal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia, sickening more than 600 people and triggering a massive recall eight years ago.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite a bird flu scourge that has cost producers nearly 8 million turkeys and chickens in its home base of Minnesota alone. The company's quarterly per-share profit of 67 cents was a nickel better than Wall Street had expected, according to poll by Zacks Investment...

  • Small business is key in presidential campaign playbook Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 3:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Small businesses aren't in the dire straits they were four years ago, but presidential candidates aren't letting go of an issue they think will get them votes. Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has made small business one of the top items on her campaign agenda. In the 2012 race, there was little noise about small business until four months before Election...

  • CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, May 19- Democratic U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton set up a potential clash over sensitive trade legislation with the White House on Tuesday, urging steps to prevent currency manipulation and lawsuits by foreign companies against governments. The White House also ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers, threatening to veto...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Egg prices have surged higher as the death of millions of hens from bird flu is beginning to tighten supplies. That's 58 percent higher than they were a month ago when the bird flu first hit Iowa chicken farms. Eggs used principally as an ingredient in ice cream, mayonnaise and other products are up even more, about 162 percent to $1.65 a dozen since...

  • Obama, Senate Republicans work together on trade bill Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Obama administration and Senate Republicans worked in unusual harmony Tuesday to advance major trade legislation opposed by many rank-and-file Democrats, an expanding struggle already leaving a mark on the 2016 campaigns for the White House and control of Congress. McConnell is one of President Barack Obama's fiercest critics in...

  • CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, May 19- Democratic U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton clashed with the White House on Tuesday saying she wants any trade legislation to address concerns over "currency manipulation," dealing a damaging blow to one of President Barack Obama's key policies for his second term. Soon after Clinton spoke on the campaign trail in Iowa,...

  • US investigation of 2007 peanut butter recall wraps up Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday. Last year, two Colorado cantaloupe...

  • CEDAR FALLS, IOWA, May 19- Democratic U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she wants any trade legislation to address concerns over "currency manipulation," a view that puts her at odds with the White House over granting fast-track Trade Promotion Authority to the president. The Senate is to vote this week on the fast-track measure that...

  • CEDAR FALLS, Iowa— Hillary Rodham Clinton sharply criticized Republican efforts to revamp a 2010 financial regulation law as "cynical attempt to game the system for those at the top." But she continued to avoid taking a position on an Asia-Pacific trade pact that has divided fellow Democrats. Financial disclosures released by the campaign last week showed that...

  • MASON CITY, Iowa, May 18- In the spotlight for her own high income, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took a swipe at hedge fund managers again on Monday for earning much more than ordinary Americans and paying lower tax rates. Speaking to about 60 supporters at a house party in Iowa, Clinton said "the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top"...