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  • Fatal pig virus spreads in U.S. hog herd Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    Hog Belt rose by 122 in the latest week, according to the USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory Network. But the rise was less than the previous week's when USDA reported 190 new cases. As defined by the USDA, each diagnostic case could represent multiple animals at either a single farm site or several locations.

  • Margins for beef processors such as Tyson Foods and Cargill Inc will continue to widen as long as they are able to pass on their costs for record-high cattle prices to wholesale buyers, they said.

  • Jan 16- Four U.S. lawmakers joined with more than 200 food companies, organic farming groups, health and environment organizations and other groups on Thursday to urge President Barack Obama to require manufacturers to label food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

  • "After years of a steady rise led by lower than average U.S. yields, strong domestic and international demand for commodities, low interest rates and solid profit margins, we're seeing the rate of price increases leveling off for farmland in some areas we serve," said Mark Jensen, senior vice president at Farm Credit Services of America, an Omaha- based FCS subsidiary and a leading lender to farmers and ranchers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

  • Jan 14- The new chief executive of CF Industries Holdings Inc is open to finding a better capital structure for the U.S. fertilizer company, including the option of a master limited partnership, Tony Will said on Tuesday in his first interview since taking over this month.

  • The U.S. market for aluminum sheet is expected to be up fivefold this year from 2012 with the development of vehicles like Ford Motor Co's next generation F-150 full-size pickup truck, a more aluminum intensive model that will be shown Monday at the Detroit auto show.

  • Jan 10- Cargill Inc. and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are trying to determine if some meat products were contaminated by an ammonia leak that closed the company's Ottumwa, Iowa, pork packing plant on Friday, a company spokesman said.

  • Jan 9- Frigid temperatures across a large swath of the United States this week followed by warmer conditions could aid the spread of a fatal pig disease now in 22 states, affecting hundreds of thousands of pigs, a swine veterinarian said on Thursday.

  • The day's wholesale price, or cutout, for choice beef hit $212.05 per hundredweight, eclipsing the previous May, 2013 record of $211.37, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA pegged prices for select wholesale beef at $209.05 per cwt, almost $2.00 higher than Wednesday's record.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 9- U.S. agribusiness giant Cargill Inc on Thursday reported a 36 percent rise in quarterly profit, supported by a bigger U.S. crop harvest in 2013 that led to lower grain prices and boosted profit margins on meat sales.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 7- Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill may need a few more days to resolve differences over a $1 trillion U.S. spending bill, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Tuesday, pushing passage by Congress up against a government shutdown deadline next week.

  • Temperatures were 20 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit below average in parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service. Babbitt, Minnesota, was the coldest place in the United States on Monday at minus 37 F, according to the National Weather Service.

  • *Senate votes 56-26 to confirm Fed vice chair for top job. WASHINGTON, Jan 6- Janet Yellen, a key force behind the Federal Reserve's unprecedented and controversial efforts to boost the U.S. economy, was confirmed by the Senate on Monday to lead the central bank just as it begins to unwind that stimulus.

  • *Senate voteS 56-26 to confirm Fed vice chair for top job. WASHINGTON, Jan 6- Janet Yellen, a key force behind the Federal Reserve's unprecedented and controversial efforts to boost the U.S. economy, was confirmed by the Senate on Monday to lead the central bank just as it begins to unwind that stimulus.

  • CHICAGO/ CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures felt in two decades, causing at least four deaths, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

  • CHICAGO/ CLEVELAND, Ohio, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the vast middle of the United States on Monday, with the coldest temperatures in two decades threatening lives, forcing businesses and schools to close and canceling thousands of flights.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 6- A blast of Arctic air gripped the mid-section of the United States on Monday, bringing the coldest temperatures in two decades, forcing businesses and schools to close and causing widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions.

  • Midwest manufacturing cools in Dec: Survey Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 10:24 AM ET
    The first Ford Fusion made in the U.S., at Ford's assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich.

    The pace of growth of business in the Midwest slowed in December, signaling a cooling in the region's manufacturing.

  • Dec 26- The rise and rise of farmland values faces two tough challenges: falling crop prices and rising interest rates. Illinois average farmland prices more than doubled, to $7,900 per acre in the six years to 2013, according to one Department of Agriculture measure.

  • "The vaccine has been used in multiple states, including Iowa and North Carolina, but it is too early to know how effective the vaccine is." Iowa is the top U.S. hog state and North Carolina is second. The company said it is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to obtain a conditional license to more widely market and sell the vaccine.

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