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  • CHICAGO, Aug 24- U.S. soybean futures pared losses and briefly traded higher on Monday after dropping to six-year lows as concerns about the faltering economy in top-importer China fueled deep sell-offs in commodities and equities. Broad selling pressure sank commodities and equities in early trading as investors rushed for the exits after China shares...

  • A $74 million building next to Rowan University opened this month, the latest and largest addition to a yearslong project to connect the growing university with the modest downtown of Glassboro; and a development of retailers and student housing is opening next to The College of New Jersey in Ewing that could become a sort of downtown for a suburb that doesn't...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • Aug 6- CF Industries Holdings Inc said it will buy OCI NV's North American and Dutch plants for about $6 billion, nearly ten months after the U.S. company's merger talks with Yara International ASA fell apart. The deal, which excludes OCI's plants in Egypt and Algeria, is for OCI's nitrogen plants in Geleen in the Netherlands and Wever, Iowa besides the company's...

  • Aug 6- U.S. fertilizer producer CF Industries Holdings Inc said it will buy Netherlands- based rival OCI NV's North American and global distribution businesses in a deal valued at about $8 billion, including debt. The deal is for OCI's nitrogen plants in Geleen in the Netherlands and Wever, Iowa besides the company's interest in an ammonia and methanol complex in...

  • Illinois stokes debate over U.S. corn yield Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 6:26 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Aug 5- Debate about the size of the autumn U.S. corn harvest revolves largely around one place this summer: Illinois. Rich Nelson, chief strategist for Illinois- based brokerage Allendale, called Illinois a "wild card" in determining the average U.S. corn yield. The northern third of the state generally received normal amounts of rain, while parts of central...

  • GRAINS-Prices advance on U.S. crop, weather worries Wednesday, 5 Aug 2015 | 12:03 PM ET

    *Egypt buys Russian wheat in tender. "Soybeans are the leader this morning, taking the majority of their support from speculation we will see a reduced crop size in next week's updated balance sheets," said Karl Setzer, risk management team leader for MaxYield Cooperative in Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade September soybeans advanced 1.1 percent to $9.58-3/ 4 a bushel...

  • Hillary Clinton weighs potential Biden challenge Monday, 3 Aug 2015 | 10:12 AM ET
    Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

    Hillary Clinton's allies do not hide their annoyance at the implication by Joe Biden's advisers that she is vulnerable. The NYT reports.

  • As race sharpens, Clinton releases document trove Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 3:55 PM ET
    Democratic Presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls for an end to the Cuban trade embargo as she gives a policy speech at the Florida International University on July 31, 2015 in Miami, Florida.

    The State Department made public new swaths of Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails, while her campaign released a letter from her doctor about her health.