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  • CHICAGO, Sept 3- Zoetis Inc, the world's largest animal-health company, has received a conditional license from the U.S. Agriculture Department for its vaccine against a deadly piglet virus and will begin selling it this month in the United States, the company said on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, on Wednesday won U.S. antitrust approval for its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co.. The attorneys general of Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, all big hog-producing states, joined the settlement that the companies reached with the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. One year ago, Congress faced a similar task.

  • Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Aug 27- Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack Obama's immigration policies are threatening to tie a must-pass budget bill to the issue, making for a possible showdown in September and raising the specter of a government shutdown. One year ago, Congress faced a similar task.

  • *Corn retreats on forecast of record crop. Aug 25- Chicago corn futures fell on Monday after two straight days of gains while soybeans slid to a contract low on forecasts of record crops in the United States. Chicago Board of Trade new crop December corn fell 1.3 percent or 4-3/ 4 cents to $3.66-3/ 4 a bushel by 9:36 a.m. CDT.

  • *Pro Farmer sees bigger U.S. corn crop than USDA. CHICAGO, Aug 22- Nearby U.S. soybean futures climbed to a one-week high on Friday as U.S. processors scrambled to find scarce old-crop supplies, with the start of the next harvest still at least a month away in the Midwest.

  • SPENCER, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday estimated western Iowa's corn yield at 177.48 to 180.90 bushels per acre, above tour estimate of 160.12 to 175.65 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 146.77 to 170.72, according to data provided by the tour.

  • CORALVILLE, Iowa, Aug 20- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday projected Illinois' corn yield at a record of 196.96 bushels per acre, up from the tour average of 170.48 bpa last year and the three-year tour average of 149.36, according to data provided by the tour.

  • Battle for Iowa's Senate     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood discusses the importance of the race for Senate in Iowa between Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and state Senator Joni Ernst.

  • Iowa Senate race focuses on Ex-Im Bank     Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:45 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the race between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley as economic issues and the Export-Import bank debate take center stage.

  • Aug 20- Departures and primary losses for 28 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have created opportunities for a new wave of conservative and Tea Party- backed candidates. The Republican nominee to replace him is Gary Palmer, a fund raiser for a conservative think tank in Alabama who is backed by the anti-tax group Club for Growth.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. wheat futures advanced on Tuesday on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine, a major exporter, while new-crop soybeans slipped as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests. Concerns that Ukraine may possibly scale back exports helped fuel gains, said Jerry Gidel, chief feed grain analyst for Rice Dairy in Chicago.

  • *Soy eases after USDA shows 71 pct crop good-to-excellent. CHICAGO, Aug 19- U.S. corn and soy futures slipped on Tuesday as a widely watched crop tour projected bumper U.S. harvests and traders expected more reports of robust crops, while wheat jumped on concerns about reduced supplies from Ukraine.

  • Aug 15- Deere& Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, said it would indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at plants in Illinois, Iowa and Kansas as falling grain prices hurt demand for tractors, harvesters and other agricultural machinery.

  • Deere to lay off 600 employees at four factories Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:14 AM ET

    The plants are in Moline and East Moline, Illinois; Ankeny, Iowa; and Coffeyville, Kansas, Deere said.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- A research study has shown for the first time that livestock feed can carry a virus that has killed about 13 percent of the U.S. hog herd, the study's lead author said, confirming suspicions among farmers and veterinarians battling outbreaks.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- Farmland prices in the U.S. Plains and Corn Belt states were steady to higher in the second quarter despite lower grain profits as crop prices fell, according to Federal Reserve Bank quarterly surveys issued on Thursday.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 14- New-crop U.S. soybean futures on Thursday rebounded from a contract low set earlier in the session, while new-crop corn topped a one-week high in a recovery from recent losses. "Light short covering in thin trade is taking place," said Karl Setzer, grain solutions team leader for MaxYield Cooperative in Iowa.

  • *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.

  • 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.