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  • It's a jungle out there: Animals in campaign ads Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    "You can keep it," squawked a parrot in a Club for Growth Action ad that ran earlier in the year in Arkansas. "Somebody once said if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog," he says. "Well, I wouldn't wish Washington on a dog," Barrow adds, throwing a tennis ball to be fetched.

  • *Corn traders shrug off below-consensus USDA yield estimate. Traders shrugged off lower-than-expected USDA estimates for soy and corn output, issued in a monthly report on Tuesday, saying that mild, wet weather has benefited crops.

  • Tech Tips: Considerations when phone contracts end Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    MALVERN, Iowa— As my two-year contract with Verizon came to an end last month, I had to resist the company's various promotions and discounts. In accepting the offers, I'd have to give up Verizon's unlimited data plan, which lets me use the phone's cellular data connection as much as I want without overage fees.

  • Aug 13- NewLink Genetics Corp, which licensed an Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian government scientists, has enough doses on hand to launch the first human safety trial of an Ebola vaccine this summer, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

  • *Soy market digests higher-than-expected USDA stocks view. *Hesitant corn market shrugs off below-consensus USDA yield. On Tuesday, the USDA pegged the U.S. corn harvest at a record 14.032 billion bushels, below analysts' estimates of 14.253 billion, and 2014/ 15 ending stocks at 1.808 billion bushels, below expectations of 2.005 billion.

  • Minnesota to produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 9:59 AM ET

    WORTHINGTON, Minn.— The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year, yet bad weather early in the season and low prices will put the squeeze on profits for the state's producers.

  • Decision could boost use of popular weed killer Wednesday, 13 Aug 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to rule this fall on Dow AgroSciences' application to market Enlist, a new version of the 2,4- D herbicide that's been around since the 1940 s. In the department's final environmental review released last week, the USDA recommended approval.

  • China halts some US pork imports over feed additive Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 5:39 PM ET

    China has barred pork imports from six U.S processing plants and six cold storage facilities effective on Wednesday.

  • Record crops predicted; farmers market carefully Tuesday, 12 Aug 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— Farmers will produce a record-breaking corn harvest this year, surpassing earlier expectations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which on Tuesday revised upward its estimate of this year's corn crop to 14 billion bushels to exceed last year's 13.9 billion bushel record.

  • Feds charge 5 with bank fraud in Iowa home sales Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 11:37 AM ET

    IOWA CITY, Iowa— A Des Moines attorney and four area businessmen deceived banks into selling homes to them at below market rates, then immediately resold the properties for profit without the lenders' knowledge, federal prosecutors say.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 7- John Norris, a commissioner with the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said on Thursday he will resign almost three years before his term expires to take up a post with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Farm real estate values, which includes land and buildings, averaged $2,950 per acre in 2014, up 8.1 percent from 2013, the USDA said in its annual report based on surveys of 11,000 land parcels and taken during the first two weeks of June.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- A U.S. lawmaker has launched an inquiry into the amount of money the Commodity Futures Trading Commission spends on office leases, expressing concern that the derivatives regulator is wasting taxpayer money on underutilized space.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- Few people in Washington believe Republicans will try to impeach President Barack Obama.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 1- A U.S. lawmaker has launched an inquiry into the amount of money the Commodity Futures Trading Commission spends on leases, expressing concern that the derivatives regulator is wasting taxpayer money on underutilized space.

  • PARIS, July 31- French logistics group Norbert Dentressangle is to buy U.S.-based Jacobson Companies from private equity fund Oak Hill Capital Partners in a deal worth $750 million aimed at giving it critical mass in the United States. It will be funded through Norbert Dentressangle reserves and available credit lines and is expected to close mid-September.

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- More than 17,000 U.S. military personnel and other consumers will receive about $92 million in debt relief as part of a settlement over a lender's alleged improper practices, the U.S. consumer watchdog and 13 states announced on Tuesday.

  • July 28- Tyson Foods Inc said on Monday it would sell its Mexican and Brazilian poultry businesses to JBS SA for $575 million and use the proceeds to pay down debt from its pending $7.7 billion purchase of Hillshire Brands Co..

  • In a study requested by California Representative Anna Eshoo, the GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found consumers often were unclear about what online activities consumed the most data and paid ISPs too much either for data they did not use or through overage fees for exceeding data caps.

  • *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.