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  • WILLISTON, N.D., March 23- Business and community leaders in North Dakota's western oil patch have launched an aggressive campaign to convince more manufacturers to set up shop locally, part of a push to expand the area's economy beyond crude production and slash costs. The company, located on North Dakota's eastern edge, six hours from Williston, currently does...

  • Native tribes debate entering legal pot business Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 1:31 PM ET
    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park in southeastern Utah.

    Many Native American tribes are grappling with the idea of growing marijuana on reservation land.

  • CHICAGO, March 19- Drought pressures will increase in California and western areas of the United States this spring even as the dry season begins, the government's Climate Prediction Center said on Thursday. Drought is forecast to persist in California, Nevada, and Oregon through June with the onset of the dry season in April. "I see nothing that would indicate...

  • GRAINS-U.S. corn, soy dive on export woes, wheat weak Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 3:14 PM ET

    *Corn drops 2.1 percent to six-week low. CHICAGO, March 17- U.S. soybean futures sagged 1.5 percent to their lowest in almost five months on Tuesday, with export demand for U.S. supplies fading amid the expanding harvest in Argentina and Brazil, traders said. Corn and wheat futures also notched sharp declines.

  • GRAINS-U.S. corn, soy, wheat post sharp declines Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 1:01 PM ET

    *Corn prices ease on slowing demand for U.S. exports. CHICAGO, March 17- U.S. corn and soybean futures sank to six-week lows on Tuesday as export demand for U.S. supplies wilted amid an expanding South American harvest and plentiful world stocks, traders said. At 11:42 a.m. CDT Chicago Board of Trade May corn futures fell 8 cents to $3.71 a bushel.

  • *Corn prices ease on slowing demand for U.S. exports. LONDON, March 17- U.S. wheat prices rose to a two-week high on Tuesday, boosted by concern about dry weather in both the United States and Russia, while soybeans fell to their lowest level since early February. Chicago Board of Trade May wheat was up 0.2 percent to $5.15 a bushel at 1101 GMT after earlier rising to a...

  • CHICAGO, March 16- U.S. authorities are considering imposing tougher restrictions in Arkansas to contain a virulent strain of avian flu in the heart of America's poultry region in a bid to minimize international trade disruptions and contain the virus. The H5N2 flu discovered in Arkansas last week is the state's first case of a strain that causes massive...

  • Feb 26- SandRidge Energy Inc said it would reduce spending by 56 percent this year and slash its rig count, as the oil and natural gas producer responds to a slump in crude prices. Oil companies such as Chevron Corp, ConocoPhillips and Apache Corp have forecast lower spending in 2015.. SandRidge's net income rose to $314.1 million, or 48 cents per share, in the fourth...

  • *Decline in Apple weighs on S&P and Nasdaq. NEW YORK, Feb 25- Wall Street lagged a rise in global markets on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq closing slightly lower even as energy shares gained along with a surge in oil prices. On Wall Street, a sharp drop in shares of Apple Inc took a toll on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, but the Dow marked another record closing high,...

  • *USDA cattle, storage reports at 2 p.m. CST. CHICAGO, Feb 20- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle fell Friday on lower cash prices before the U.S. Department of Agriculture's monthly Cattle-On-Feed report at 2 p.m. CST, traders said. Tom Tippens, an analyst with West Oak Commodities, said the futures market is faced with strong demand headwinds given extreme...

  • *USDA cattle, storage reports on Friday. Thursday morning's average market-ready or cash hog price in Iowa/ Minnesota was up 52 cents per hundredweight from Wednesday to $57.71, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Separate USDA data showed the morning's wholesale pork price had risen 39 cents per cwt from Wednesday to $72.83.

  • LIVESTOCK-Strong beef prices lift CME live cattle futures Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 4:41 PM ET

    *USDA cattle report on Friday. CHICAGO, Feb 18- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday on short-covering in response to the jump in wholesale beef values, traders said. February closed up 0.575 cent per lb to 159.175 cents, and April 1.900 cents higher at 152.625 cents.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures posted significant gains on Friday, in anticipation of higher cash prices and short-covering before Monday's Presidents Day holiday, traders said. Futures already were at a huge discount to recent cash prices and received an extra boost from the Canadian situation, even though no meat had...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Syngenta AG may file counterclaims against some of the more than 750 U.S. grain farmers and exporters who have sued the seed maker over sales of biotech corn seed that disrupted trading with China last year, regulatory documents show. Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemicals company, is "assessing the scope for potential counterclaims" in...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- Syngenta AG may file counterclaims against some of the more than 750 U.S. grain farmers and exporters who have sued the seed maker over its sales of a type of biotech corn seed that disrupted trading with China last year, a regulatory filing shows. Syngenta, the world's largest crop chemicals company, is "assessing the scope for potential...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 12- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs closed higher on Thursday, fueled by bargain hunting in the technically oversold market, traders said. Thursday morning's average market-ready or cash hog price in Iowa/ Minnesota dropped $1.35 per cwt from Wednesday to $57.06, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. Separate USDA data showed the...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures fell hard Wednesday on profit-taking led by slack meat sales ahead of increased supplies later, traders said. February closed 0.500 cent per lb lower at 158.600 cents, and April down 2.675 cents to 151.100 cents. Select cuts surged $2.80 to $236.36, USDA said.

  • Guardian hires Wikileaks-player Chelsea Manning Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 3:02 PM ET
    US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning is escorted out of a military court facility during the sentencing phase of his trial August 20, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland.

    The Guardian announced on Tuesday that it hired Chelsea Manning, a self-proclaimed U.S. whistleblower, as a contributing opinion writer.

  • HOUSTON, Feb 9- U.S. oil and gas producer SandRidge Energy Inc plans to slash its rig count in Oklahoma and Kansas by nearly 75 percent, according to a document obtained by Reuters. The document makes no mention of rigs in West Texas, where the company also has acreage. It laid off 25 workers in West Texas in January, state data shows.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 6- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs rallied on Friday, with some contracts up the 3- cents per lb price limit, fueled by bargain hunting following futures' plunge to a six-year low in the previous session, traders said. The average price for market-ready or cash hogs in Iowa/ Minnesota had fallen $5.01 per hundredweight from Monday to $60.93 on...