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  • NEW YORK— Dean Foods plans to market its 31 brands of milk, some of which have been around for decades, under the new "DairyPure" label. —Garelick Farms: The brand was founded in 1931 with its market currently in New York State and throughout New England. —Dean's: Available throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.

  • Exact Sciences reports 1Q loss Monday, 4 May 2015 | 5:06 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ Exact Sciences Corp. on Monday reported a loss of $35.8 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 40 cents per share. Exact Sciences shares have declined 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WEST CHARLTON, N.Y.— In an online profile of "Our Farmers," New York City milk bottler Elmhurst Dairy tells the story of how David Wood bought his first two calves as a part-time hobby in 1970 and grew his Saratoga County farm to more than a thousand Holsteins, whose milk is trucked every day to its plant in Queens. Elmhurst abruptly cut ties with Wood's seven-farmer...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— It's been five months since the H5N2 bird flu virus was discovered in the United States, and producers have lost 21 million birds in the Midwest alone. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies are puzzled by the H5N2 virus' spread— even amid heightened biosecurity...

  • CHICAGO, May 1- Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency on Friday due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, soon after state agriculture officials announced four new poultry farms had initially tested positive for the virus. Iowa, the top egg-producing state in the United States, is the third state to declare a state of emergency because...

  • National Presto posts 1Q profit Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. _ National Presto Industries Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $8.1 million. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin- based company said it had net income of $1.17 per share. Keywords: National Presto Industries, Earnings Report.

  • 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.

  • Alliant Energy misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:31 PM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ Alliant Energy Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $99.2 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. Alliant Energy shares have decreased 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • 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...

  • MADISON, Wis.— A former pipeline inspector must pay nearly $19.3 million in restitution for his role in a jet fuel leak at General Mitchell International Airport three years ago. Federal prosecutors said in a news release issued Thursday that Randy Jones had been ordered to pay the $19.3 million and serve five years' probation. According to court documents and...

  • WASHINGTON— Republican leaders say GOP votes alone won't pass trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and are urging the White House to put more pressure on reluctant Democrats to lend their support. Obama on Thursday met with members of the New Democrat Coalition, a group of moderate lawmakers who tend to back trade policies.

  • PONTIAC, Ill.— It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with barely a second thought. "The special interests have got to be stopped," Rauner told local...

  • 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,...

  • Assurant selling or closing health insurance division Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE— The parent company of Assurant Health said it will sell or shut down the insurer, which has struggled financially since the introduction of the federal Affordable Care Act. Assurant Health, headquartered in Milwaukee, is expected to report an operating loss of up to $90 million in the first quarter following a loss of $64 million last year.

  • Anchor Bancorp Wisconsin posts 1Q profit Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis. _ Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $6.1 million. Anchor Bancorp Wisconsin shares have increased 5.5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Anchor Bancorp Wisconsin, Earnings Report.

  • U.S. upper Midwest factory activity contracts in April Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 9:26 AM ET

    April 30- A private measure of factory activity in the upper U.S. Midwest region fell in April because of declines in production and supplier deliveries, Marquette University and the Institute for Supply Management-Milwaukee said on Thursday. Their index on manufacturing in the Milwaukee region fell to 48.08 in April from a revised 53.25 in March.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- Should you stay or should you go? A new online tool from AARP can help with answers. The new AARP tool adds value by making it possible to score any neighborhood and community in the country- and drill down into the details.

  • Rockwell Automation beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:09 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Rockwell Automation Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $206 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.42 per share. Rockwell Automation shares have increased 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly...

  • Generac Holdings misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:27 AM ET

    WAUKESHA, Wis. _ Generac Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $19.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 64 cents per share. Generac Holdings shares have dropped nearly 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Manitowoc reports 1Q loss Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:27 PM ET

    MANITOWOC, Wis. _ Manitowoc Co. on Wednesday reported a loss of $8.4 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for a loss of 5 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $749.9 million.