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  • Workiva reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 6:42 PM ET

    AMES, Iowa _ Workiva Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $7.4 million in its first quarter. For the current quarter ending in June, Workiva expects its results to range from a loss of 25 cents per share to a loss of 24 cents per share. Workiva expects full-year results to range from a loss of 95 cents per share to a loss of 90 cents per share, with revenue ranging from $140.5...

  • *More than 24 mln birds affected by flu virus- USDA. CHICAGO, May 5- The U.S. government approved the use of an additional $330 million in emergency funds to help contain the worst avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history, as infected bird cases soared and hundreds of Minnesota poultry workers learned they would lose their jobs. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's...

  • LINCOLN, Neb.— An effort to attract more wind farms to Nebraska failed on Tuesday after senators derailed a bill that would have provided $75 million in production tax credits for renewable energy. Currently, companies that participate in the state's community-based energy development program have to spend at least 25 percent of their total investment on...

  • Renewable Energy Group reports 1Q loss Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    AMES, Iowa _ Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $38.1 million in its first quarter. Renewable Energy Group shares have declined slightly more than 9 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Renewable Energy Group, Earnings Report.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Lifelong turkey farmer Greg Langmo knew as soon as the young flock that usually clustered around him like curious little puppies turned lethargic and stopped eating that his Minnesota farm had been struck by the bird flu that has shaken the poultry industry. Part of the loss is financial: Langmo lost more than 30,000 turkeys at his farm near...

  • More than 21 million birds have been killed or are expected to be condemned, and three states- Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa- have declared a state of emergency. Below is a timeline of the spread of the viruses, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Canada's Food Inspection Agency, and responses by the...

  • NewLink beats Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 7:15 AM ET

    AMES, Iowa _ NewLink Genetics Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $11.2 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 22 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $12.8 million.

  • United Fire posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ United Fire Group Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $23.7 million. United Fire shares have fallen roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: United Fire Group, Earnings Report.

  • CHICAGO, May 5- The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza, which has devastated Midwestern poultry and egg producers in recent weeks, could be felt at Thanksgiving tables across the nation come November, farmers and some trade groups say. The virulent H5N2 strain has already spread to 14 states and led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more...

  • Seedings in the top corn state of Iowa jumped 54 points last week, rose 38 points in Illinois and 45 points in Minnesota. "Over one-half of Iowa's corn acreage was planted last week, the largest percentage planted during this week in over 20 years," the Iowa crop report said. "Farmers in central Iowa led the way with 80 percent of their corn crop planted."

  • NEW YORK— Holcim and Lafarge have agreed to sell cement plants, distribution terminals and other assets in order to complete their merger, which will make the world's largest cement company. In order to gain FTC backing for the deal, Lafarge will sell its Continental Cement business along with a cement plant, a quarry and some distribution assets, while Holcim...

  • WASHINGTON, May 4- Holcim Ltd, a Swiss company, and Lafarge S.A., which is based in Paris, on Monday won U.S. antitrust approval to merge after they agreed to divest assets, the Federal Trade Commission. Lafarge said previously that it would sell its Davenport cement plant in Iowa and seven terminals along the Mississippi River to Summit Materials for $450 million in...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's executive branch agreed Monday to pay an additional $7 million to a key contractor that worked on the state's new prison, avoiding litigation in one dispute arising from the long-delayed project. The State Appeals Board approved the settlement with Walsh Construction, which was selected in 2010 as general contractor for the new 800-...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— It's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies are puzzled by the H5N2 virus' spread— even amid heightened biosecurity...

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A state of emergency was declared Friday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak. Iowa is the nation's leading egg producer, providing one of every five eggs consumed in the country.

  • IOWA GOVERNOR IN STATEMENT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO BIRD FLU OUTBREAK.

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Hog farmers are six times more likely than the general population to carry an infectious bacteria that can cause skin and respiratory problems and resists treatment from multiple drugs, according to a new U.S. research study. The study, published this week in the online journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, is the largest-ever examination of...

  • The change follows New Mexico's scathing state audit report Thursday that found Taser hired Albuquerque police chief Ray Schultz days after he stepped down in 2013— even as he remained on the city payroll. The Associated Press reported in March on similar arrangements between the Scottsdale, Arizona- based company and former Fort Worth, Texas, police chief...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.