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  • We are just providing information, "said Michael Livingston, a government agricultural economist and one of the authors of the report, prepared by the USDA's Economic Research Service.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- For U.S. stock investors, the main event will be Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's return trip this week to Capitol Hill. Wall Street will hang on her every word about the weather, of all things, when she goes before the Senate Banking Committee to complete her semi-annual testimony about monetary policy.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- The United States has assured Ukraine it will have "strong support" from Washington in seeking an IMF-backed economic program to stabilize the country's economy after months of crippling street violence, a State Department official said on Friday.

  • The main focus will be Part Two of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's semi-annual monetary policy testimony before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. Ironically, Yellen's congressional testimony before U.S. lawmakers was rescheduled after a Senate panel previously canceled the original hearing date due to a recent snowstorm in Washington, D.C..

  • *National Labor Relations Board to review union's appeal. *UAW calls Republican Senator Corker's conduct "shameful". Feb 21- The United Auto Workers filed an appeal with the U.S. government on Friday, asking it to set aside the results of an election last week in which workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant voted not to join the union.

  • Feb 21- As the financial crisis deepened in 2008, Janet Yellen argued at least twice for a more aggressive cut to interest rates than most of her colleagues at the Federal Reserve, internal documents unsealed on Friday showed.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- U.S. central bankers thought they should get more regulatory powers in return for providing cheap cash to Wall Street banks during the 2008 credit crisis, according to Federal Reserve transcripts released on Friday.

  • As one example, the FDA has sought to lower the dosage of painkiller acetaminophen from 500 milligrams in widely used products such as "extra strength" Tylenol to 325 mg, based on current knowledge of the liver damage the drug can cause.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, Feb 21- The U.S. central bank needs to rethink its guidance to financial markets on the future path of interest rates as its unemployment threshold is fast approaching, a top Federal Reserve official said on Friday.

  • Feb 21- Federal Reserve policymakers, in an emotional meeting on one of the darkest days of the 2008 financial crisis, were worried the failure of Lehman Brothers a day earlier would wreak havoc on a teetering financial system but feared cutting already low interest rates might prove an over-reaction.

  • DIARY-U.S. FDA advisory meetings through April 1 Friday, 21 Feb 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    For more information on the FDA's Advisory Committee meetings, see: http://www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/default. htm. LOCATION: College Park Holiday Inn, Ballroom, 10000 Baltimore Ave., College Park, Md..

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to its 40- year-old system for approving over-the-counter drugs to make it quickly adaptable to scientific changes. The FDA has scheduled a hearing for public comments on March 25 and March 26.

  • Federal Reserve on Friday unveiled some of its internal conversations from the darkest days of the financial crisis, releasing to the public transcripts of policy-setting meetings for the year 2008..

  • *80 pct of Swiss gold exports head for Asia. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 20- Gold rose on Thursday due to disappointing U.S. and Chinese manufacturing data, but overall improvement in global economic conditions and continued stimulus tapering by the Federal Reserve could dent safe haven demand, traders said.

  • UPDATE 1-USDA Census shows bigger farms, older farmers Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The proportion of U.S. farms with annual sales and government payments of $1 million or more doubled in the five years through 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday, even as the total number of farms fell.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The proportion of U.S. farms with annual sales and government payments of $1 million or more doubled in the five years through 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Thursday. The figures were part of the USDA's "Census of Agriculture," which surveys all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them every five years.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will testify before U.S. lawmakers on Feb. 27 after a Senate panel previously canceled the original hearing date due to a recent snowstorm in Washington, D.C.. She will face the Senate Banking Committee at 10:00 a.m. on Feb. 27, the committee said.

  • *Japan's record high trade deficit widely expected- analysts. TOKYO, Feb 20- Japan's Nikkei share average fell for a second day following declines on Wall Street as minutes of the U.S. "People have realized that the market overreacted to the BOJ's announcement," said Masashi Oda, chief investment officer at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- A top U.S. central banker said on Wednesday he expects interest rates to stay near zero until "well into next year," adding that the Federal Reserve will soon need to modify its verbal promise to keep monetary policy so easy for a while to come.

  • NEW YORK/ ST. LOUIS, Feb 19- Three Federal Reserve officials on Wednesday said they believe the U.S. economy is gaining traction despite a recent slowdown from cold weather, allowing the central bank to stick to its plan to wind down its massive bond-buying stimulus this year.