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*Soybeans supported by strong demand led by China. Wheat futures were lower but trimmed losses in the wake of a U.S. Agriculture Department announcement showing a wheat sale to Nigeria and a soybean sale to top importer China.
July 28- Tyson Foods Inc, the biggest U.S. meat processor, said on Monday it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to bigger global rival JBS SA's Pilgrim's Pride for $575 million.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.— Tyson Foods plans to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil for $575 million in cash to help pay debt from its recently announced acquisition of Hillshire Brands. Tyson Foods Inc. said it expects the sale of its Mexico and Brazil operations to JBS SA will be completed by the end of the year.
Tyson outbid Pilgrim's Pride Corp with its $63 per share offer for Hillshire, valuing the Jimmy Dean sausages maker at $8.55 billion. The Cherokee plant will close on Sep. 27, while the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants are expected to stop operating in the first half of 2015, the company said.
Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat processor, announced Friday the planned closures of the plants in Cherokee, Iowa; Buffalo, New York; and Santa Teresa, New Mexico. The Cherokee plan will close Sept. 27, and the Buffalo and Santa Teresa plants are expected to shut down in the first half of 2015..
The Cherokee, Iowa, plant will close on Sep. 27, while the Buffalo, New York, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico plants are expected to cease operations in the first half of 2015, the company said.
Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.
WASHINGTON— At 91, Bob Dole won't take no for an answer. Veterans groups, organizations for the disabled and a handful of the Senate's strongest proponents joined Dole in stepping up the pressure for a Senate vote. Dole, who celebrated his 91st birthday on Tuesday, sat through the Capitol Hill news conference and spoke forcefully about the treaty.
WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats prepared Tuesday to whack $1 billion from President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, while leaving out policy changes Republicans have demanded as their price for agreeing to any money.
Mo Yun, a 42- year-old who was charged in this month with conspiring to steal trade secrets, was allowed to post $250,000 bond, must wear a GPS monitor and stay in a home in the Des Moines area between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. daily.
BISMARCK, N.D.— North Dakota's congressional delegation is pressing Canadian Pacific Railway to provide details of its backlog of grain shipments, saying farmers need detailed information with fall harvest fast approaching. But Sen John Hoeven, R- N.D., Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D- N.D., and Rep.
RENO, Nev.— A Utah company's cancellation of an annual fun run featuring a muddy, foamy obstacle course has left participants out of money in Nevada, Oregon and other states. Registered runners for the 5 K Foam Fest set for Aug. 2 in Reno received an email Thursday from Spanish Fork, Utah- based Round House Racing saying it went out of business and the event was canceled.
DES MOINES, Iowa— The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.
WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.
RENO, Nev.— The managers of the Hard Rock Hotel& Casino in Las Vegas have announced plans to open one at Lake Tahoe this winter after a $60 million renovation of the former Horizon Casino Resort at Stateline.
Terry Branstad's administration surrendered a $1 million grant designed to make Iowa a nationwide leader in solar energy after electric utilities lobbied for major changes, emails show.
NEW YORK— New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Wednesday that he hasn't decided whether he's running for president. Rand Paul and Texas Gov.
WASHINGTON, July 16- Two U.S. senators on Wednesday unveiled a bill prompted by the General Motors Co recalls over defective ignition switches that would make it a crime for corporate officers to conceal dangers posed by their products.
DES MOINES, Iowa— A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.
WASHINGTON, July 14- U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc, in talks to buy rival Lorillard Inc, may have a hard time convincing regulators to approve the deal because of their big shares in the traditional cigarette and fast-growing electronic cigarette markets.