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  • Economic issues occupied a small portion of the GOP's first presidential primary debate last month, a stark contrast from the primary debates of 2012, which focused heavily on jobs and the economy. In Nevada, which will pick Republican and Democratic nominees Feb. 20, unemployment is still high at 6.8 percent. Nevada has added about 45,000 jobs in the past year,...

  • Chris Christie on Friday for using taxpayer dollars to pay for his security detail's travel expenses as he campaigns across the country in his quest to win the Republican nomination for the White House. The New Jersey Working Families Alliance and New Jersey Citizen Action are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed in Mercer County accusing Christie of...

  • IOWA CITY, Iowa— The big health insurance companies picked to manage Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program have promised to create hundreds of jobs in the state in the coming months, according to bidding documents released Thursday. UnitedHealthcare projected that it would increase its existing 400- employee staff in Iowa by about 250 people.

  • PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES WEST IOWA AVERAGE SOYBEAN POD COUNT AT 1,263.4 PODS IN 3- BY-3 FOOT AREA, UP FROM 1,160.8 LAST YEAR AND THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 1,032.9 PODS.

  • West Iowa corn yield, soybean count tops average -tour Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 9:15 PM ET

    SPENCER, IOWA, Aug 19- The Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour on Wednesday estimated the potential corn yield of Iowa's three most western crop districts at 179.8 bushels per acre, slightly above the 179.5 bpa estimated by the tour last year and exceeding the group's three-year average of 164.9 bpa, according to data provided by the tour. The crop tour, which does not...

  • PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES WEST IOWA CORN YIELD AT 179.8 BUSHELS PER ACRE, UP FROM TOUR ESTIMATE OF 179.5 BPA LAST YEAR AND FROM THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 164.9.

  • USDA seeking proposals for production of bird flu vaccine Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 | 10:58 AM ET

    And while there's no certainty the virus will reappear during southern migration this fall, the USDA plans to increase surveillance to catch any recurrence early and have hundreds of additional workers ready to euthanize infected flocks quickly as a means of avoiding the farm-to-farm spread. T.J. Myers, associate deputy administrator for veterinary...

  • Flexsteel posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 18 Aug 2015 | 6:42 PM ET

    DUBUQUE, Iowa _ Flexsteel Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $5.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Dubuque, Iowa- based company said it had profit of 74 cents. For the year, the company reported profit of $22.3 million, or $2.89 per share.

  • Iowa picks 4 vendors to take over $4.2 B Medicaid program. Iowa picks 4 companies to run $4.2 B Medicaid program, in major shift sought by GOP governor. IOWA CITY, Iowa— Four national companies will take over management of Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program under an overhaul that will affect how nearly one in five Iowans receives health care, state officials...

  • JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.— While Congress remains stalled on a long-term plan for funding highways, state lawmakers and governors aren't waiting around. And legislators are returning to work this week in California and Michigan with transportation funding on the agenda. "I don't know of a state that's not having the conversation" about raising revenue for...

  • Boom to bust: This commodity has collapsed Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 11:38 AM ET
    Farm agriculture comodities

    A pork glut is driving down prices after farmers overcompensated for small herds in 2013.

  • Benchmark lean hog futures prices on the Chicago Board of Trade have dropped 42 percent from their July 2014 record high of $133 per hundredweight. And as herds continue to grow, and the strong dollar and competition from Europe and Canada blunts export demand, hog farmers are probably facing even lower prices in the months ahead, with December-delivery...

  • But the USDA has yet to give the clearance that would allow any chicken sites in Iowa, the top egg-producing state, to bring in replacements. The USDA clears farms on a case by case basis after testing to make sure the virus has been eliminated. Minnesota and Iowa turkey farms, infected before some of the chicken farms, have begun restocking thanks to a faster cleanup...

  • Aug 14- Tyson Foods Inc on Friday said it is permanently ceasing beef production at its plant in Denison, Iowa, effective immediately, as cattle ranchers work to rebuild shrunken herds following the severe Midwestern drought. Tyson's Denison plant has a daily estimated slaughter capacity of about 2,000 head of cattle over a five-day work week, which represent 2...

  • Tyson to cut beef production due to cattle shortage Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 12:13 PM ET

    Aug 14- Tyson Foods Inc said it will cut beef production capacity due to a shortage of cattle and will close beef operations at its plant in Denison, Iowa, effective Friday. Tyson said on Friday the 400 affected workers will be able to apply for jobs at other locations in the company. "The cattle supply is tight and there's an excess of beef production capacity in the...

  • *Wheat also down after USDA raises US, world stocks view. Analysts surveyed by Reuters had expected the USDA to lower its yield and production forecasts for both crops following excessive rains in spring and early summer. The USDA projected the soybean yield at 46.9 bpa, up from 46.0 previously.

  • *Crop ratings ease concerns before USDA forecasts. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:45 p.m. CDT, spot September corn was down 11 cents, nearly 3 percent, at $3.79-1/ 4 per bushel. Corn declined after the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated 70 percent of the U.S. crop in good to excellent condition in a weekly report late Monday, unchanged from the previous week,...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- Democratic presidential candidates will hold the first of six primary debates on October 13 in Nevada, the party said on Thursday, setting out a debate calendar that rivals of frontrunner Hillary Clinton say is insufficient. Announcing the calendar on the day of the first Republican primary debate, the Democratic National Committee set the...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 6- Democratic candidates for the White House in 2016 will hold their first primary debate, hosted by CNN, in the swing state of Nevada on October 13, the party said on Thursday. Announcing the Democrats' debate calendar on the day the first Republican primary debate takes place, the Democratic National Committee also set five other Democratic...

  • *Deal excludes OCI's production plants in Egypt and Algeria. Aug 6- U.S. fertilizer maker CF Industries Holdings Inc said it will buy OCI NV's North American and European plants for about $6 billion, nearly ten months after the U.S. company's merger talks with Yara International ASA fell apart. CF, which is also assuming $2 billion of OCI's debt, will become a...