"The USDA had to get rid of it, so we had a fire sale," said Sterling Smith, a futures specialist with Citigroup in Chicago. Man Lake Ltd, of Woodland, California, which sells beekeeping equipment and feed, bought 56 percent of the 79,750 tons that were offered by USDA.» Read More
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack plans to attend the first workshop on Tuesday in Omaha, Neb. The other three workshops are being planned in Pueblo, Colo., Pine Bluff, Ark., and an undetermined town in Ohio.
LISLE, Ill.-- Heading off a proxy war, heavy truck and engine company Navistar is adding a colleague of activist investor Carl Icahn and a former protege of his to its board. Shares of Navistar added $1.60, or 7.5 percent, to close at $22.81 Monday. Navistar International Corp. said Monday that Mark Rachesky and Vincent Intrieri are now board members.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.-- South Dakota entrepreneur Brian Gramm was tailgating outside a college football game one sunny day when he wondered why he couldn't use that energy to plug in a radio.
A weaker forecast of economic growth in Asia is sending stocks lower in early trading on Wall Street. The World Bank on Monday warned of the possibility of a "more pronounced slowdown" in China, the world's second largest economy. It also cut its growth forecast for all of Asia.
BEIJING-- China is using the case of ousted politician Bo Xilai as a triumphant example of the Communist Party's effort to rein in rampant corruption that threatens its hold on power. Bo was dismissed as party chief of the megacity of Chongqing and his wife was given a suspended death sentence after confessing to the murder.
LAGOS, Nigeria-- The United Kingdom's business secretary said Monday that a bill to overhaul Nigeria's oil industry should be focused on what helps the West African nation, rather than what benefits the foreign oil companies working there.
BALI, Indonesia-- Ten years after terrorist attacks at two Bali nightclubs killed more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists, Indonesia has won international praise for its counterterrorism efforts. "It turns out that the terrorism problem in Indonesia is not finished yet," said Maj.
NEW YORK-- BP has finally found a buyer for its Texas City refinery, one of the largest and most complex in the U.S. Marathon Petroleum Corp. will pay only $598 million for the refinery itself and other nearby pipelines and fuel terminals. The Texas City refinery has a troubled history.
NEW YORK-- As criticism over sugary sodas intensifies, the beverage industry is rolling new vending machines that display just how many calories are in its drinks. The vending machines will launch in Chicago and San Antonio municipal buildings in 2013 before rolling out nationally.
DETROIT-- General Motors plans to hire up to 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center outside Detroit. Last month the company announced it would hire 500 people for a center in Austin, Texas. But spokeswoman Julie Huston-Rough said most carmakers strike a balance between doing computer work in the company and hiring outside firms.
UnitedHealth Group Inc. will spend about $4.9 billion to buy a majority stake in Brazilian health benefits and care provider Amil Participacoes SA, as the largest U.S. health insurer leaps into an international market it says is primed for growth.
ROSWELL, N.M.-- Experienced skydiver and extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner hopes to take the leap of his life on Tuesday, attempting the highest, fastest free fall in history. Rigged with cameras, the 43- year-old former military parachutist from Austria is scheduled to jump from a balloon-hoisted capsule 23 miles near Roswell on Tuesday morning.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa.-- When the recession cost Jerry Krone his longtime accounting job several year ago, he turned to his hobby _ making gourmet jam in his Fountainville kitchen. Now he's a fixture at Doylestown's weekly farmers market, selling his lilac jelly and rose petal jam for $4 and $8 a jar.
COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking in the park. Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court _ and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600.
NEW YORK-- Anyone hoping to commune with Christopher Columbus on Columbus Day will be disappointed: He's booked solid. The exhibit, "Discovering Columbus" by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi, has become a must-see cultural attraction in New York since it opened Sept. 20.
NEW YORK-- Red Bull is rolling out its energy drink in three fruity flavors this spring, as the company looks to boost its stake in the rapidly growing market. Last year, sales volume for energy drinks rose by nearly 17 percent, with the top three players _ Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar _ all logging double-digit gains, according to Beverage Digest.