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  • AUSTIN, Texas, May 7- Texas- based Blue Bell Creameries likely knew as early as 2013 of a Listeria problem at its Oklahoma plant and did not do enough to make sure its factory was sanitized, according to documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also found problems at Blue Bell plants in Sylacauga, Alabama, and Brenham, Texas. The FDA posted the...

  • WICHITA, Kansas, May 6- The Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association projected the yield of Oklahoma's 2015 winter wheat crop at 29.4 bushels per acre, an official with Plains Grains, a wheat industry group, said on Wednesday. Mark Hodges of Plains Grains said the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association projected Oklahoma wheat production at 111.7 million bushels, based...

  • *Corn follows wheat higher after hitting seven-month low. *Soybeans fall after hitting two-month high. Scouts on the Wheat Quality Council's annual tour of Kansas on Wednesday found prospects for the crop in the western portion of the state worse than those of last year's drought-hit crop.

  • COLBY, Kansas, May 5- Colorado's 2015 winter wheat crop should yield 38.0 bushels per acre, an official with the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation, an industry group, said on Tuesday. Joe Westhoff of the Colorado Wheat Research Foundation forecast Colorado wheat production at 89.3 million bushels, based on harvested acreage of 2.35 million acres.

  • May 5- Ride-hailing service Uber on Tuesday said it ceased operations in Kansas after the state legislature decided to override Governor Sam Brownback's veto of a bill that will impose stricter regulations on ride-hailing services. The Kansas Senate on Tuesday voted 96-25 to override Brownback's veto of the Kansas Transportation Network Company...

  • COLBY, Kansas, May 5- Crop scouts on the first day of an annual three-day tour of Kansas projected an average yield for hard red winter wheat in the northern portion of the state at 34.3 bushels per acre, down from 34.7 bushels a year ago. Scouts on the tour, organized by the Wheat Quality Council, sampled 284 fields on Tuesday between Manhattan and Colby, Kansas.

  • CROP TOUR PROJECTS NORTHERN KANSAS WHEAT YIELD AT 34.3 BU/ACRE, DOWN FROM 34.7 IN 2014, FIVE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 42.5.

  • *Wheat nears 5- year low after Egypt bypasses U.S. supplies. Poor export demand for U.S. supplies and strong yield projections from early results of a crop tour through Kansas also pressured the market. Egypt on Tuesday said it bought Russian and Romanian wheat in its latest deal that totaled 120,000 tonnes, again bypassing U.S. offerings.

  • *Wheat nears 5- year low after Egypt bypasses U.S. supplies. Corn futures also sank, with the most active July contract hitting its lowest in seven months following a government report that showed U.S. farmers were ahead of schedule in their planting. Chicago Board of Trade soft red winter wheat for July delivery was down 11 cents at $4.61-3/ 4 a bushel at 11:18 a.m....

  • 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."

  • KANSAS CITY, Kan., May 4- General Motors Co's chief executive said on Monday she is confident the company will convince investors of the value of holding on to GM's stock, which has dropped nearly 9 percent since mid-March despite a $5 billion share buyback plan. The company makes its profit in North America and in China, where margins are likely to be squeezed.

  • KANSAS CITY, Kansas, May 4- General Motors Co chief executive said the company will be able to convince investors about the value of the automaker's stock over time. "This is a business that is not made on a quarter by quarter basis," CEO Mary Barra told reporters at a roundtable interview at GM's assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas. Barra said that she has not met with...

  • 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.

  • 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. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting an estimated 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. If these tests are positive, the state's tally of egg-laying chickens affected by the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 24- Aiming to acquire more budget powers and take a swipe at Obamacare, Republicans will likely scrap a proposal that stirred controversy and helped launch Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan on the national stage: privatizing the Medicare health program. Ryan's bold Medicare "premium support" plan would be sacrificed to ensure passage of...