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  • At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:08 p.m. CDT, July wheat was up 6-3/ 4 cents at $4.74-3/ 4 per bushel. CBOT July corn was up 1 cent at $3.90 a bushel after reaching $3.91-1/ 4, its highest since May 3. "Short-covering is supporting wheat values this morning," Karl Setzer, analyst with the MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, Iowa, said in a note to clients.

  • CHICAGO, May 12- U.S. soybean futures fell on Thursday on disappointing weekly export data and expectations that U.S. farmers might increase soybean seedings this spring and plant less corn, analysts said. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 12:48 p.m. CDT, July soybeans were down 12 cents at $10.66-1/ 4 per bushel. July corn was up 7-1/ 2 cents at $3.85 a bushel and July...

  • May 11- Health Insurer Aetna Inc on Wednesday said it plans to continue its Obamacare health insurance business next year in the 15 states where it now participates, and may expand to a few additional states. "We have submitted rates in all 15 states where we are participating and have no plans at this point to withdraw from any of them," said company spokesman Walt...

  • The defeat in Austin could encourage other cities to back the fingerprint-based criminal background checks, knowing they can survive a bruising political battle, analysts said. In their efforts to repeal the requirement approved by the City Council in December, Uber and Lyft contributed about $9 million to a political action group called Ridesharing Works...

  • IRLBACH, Germany, May 4- Global pesticides, seeds and fertiliser companies may be forced to re-engineer their business models as farmers adopt specialist technology that helps maximise harvests while reducing the use of crop chemicals. "If our only goal is to sell as much inputs as possible by the litres of chemicals, I think we would have a real problem going...

  • WASHINGTON, April 25- Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's super PAC launched a $25 million youth voter drive on Monday in seven political battleground states to help elect candidates that champion climate change policies in November's general election. Those states are Pennsylvania, Iowa, Ohio, New Hampshire, Nevada, Illinois and Colorado.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- A burst of frenetic buying sent U.S. corn and soybean futures sharply higher on Wednesday after months of sluggishness, rewarding farmers with prices they thought were unattainable just weeks ago due to massive crop inventories. The buying represents a "fund-money freight train," said Angie Setzer, vice president of grain for Citizens LLC.

  • CBOT May wheat jumped 13-1/ 2 cents to $4.86-1/ 4 per bushel, its highest since Feb. 4. Soybeans for May delivery surged about 3 percent, or 31-1/ 4 cents, to $9.85-1/ 2 per bushel, the highest since Aug. 10. Rains this month in Argentina slowed the soybean harvest and delayed export shipments, prompting some traders to extend long soybean bets.

  • CBOT May wheat jumped 11-1/ 4 cents to $4.84 per bushel, its highest since Feb. 2. Soybeans for May delivery gained 2.1 percent, or 20-1/ 4 cents, to $9.74-1/ 2 per bushel, highest since Aug. 11. CBOT May corn rose 2 cents at $3.83 per bushel as of 12:05 p.m. CDT, below their five-month high of $3.86 reached earlier in the session.

  • April 18- Costco Wholesale Corp is considering building a poultry-processing plant in Nebraska, according to a local development council, a move that would give the retailer tighter control over its chicken supplies. The facility, if built in Nebraska's Dodge County, would create 1,100 jobs, work with local chicken farmers and invest $180 million in the region,...

  • *USDA trims domestic soybean inventories. "It's a report with no new bullish news and it's a market that's mature here at the top," said Don Roose, president of Iowa- based broker U.S. Commodities. Most-active May corn gained 6 cents to $3.62-3/ 4 a bushel, and May wheat rose 5-1/ 4 cents to $4.52-1/ 2 a bushel at the CBOT.

  • *USDA trims domestic soybean inventories. "It's a report with no new bullish news and it's a market that's mature here at the top," said Don Roose, president of Iowa- based broker U.S. Commodities. May soybeans at the Chicago Board of Trade were up 0.1 percent at $9.29 a bushel by 11:50 a.m. CDT after rising to a peak of $9.37-1/ 4, the highest for the most-active contract...

  • ARLINGTON, Iowa, April 11- Tim Burrack, a northern Iowa farmer in his 44th growing season, has taken to keeping a wary eye out for unfamiliar vehicles around his 300 acres of genetically modified corn seeds. Along with other farmers in this vast agricultural region, he has upped his vigilance ever since Mo Hailong and six other Chinese nationals were accused by U.S....

  • CHICAGO, April 5- U.S. soybean futures on Tuesday extended a setback from the nearly eight-month highs reached a day earlier, as wet weather fueled projections that farmers will plant more fields with the oilseed than previously expected. South and Midwest could prompt growers to switch 1 million to 2 million acres of land to soybeans that they had initially...

  • CHICAGO, April 5- U.S. soybean futures on Tuesday extended a setback from the nearly eight-month highs reached a day earlier, as wet weather fuelled projections that farmers will plant more fields with the oilseed than previously expected. Rainy, cool conditions in the southern and Midwestern United States could prompt growers to switch 1 million to 2 million...

  • *USDA delays national crop progress report until Tuesday. "The large acreage increases, even if they are a bit overstated, are still going to be a big problem for the corn market," said Tomm Pfitzenmaier, analyst for Summit Commodity Brokerage in Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade most-active May soybeans ended down 4-3/ 4 cents to $9.13-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected two corporate challenges in class action cases, refusing to hear bids by Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Wells Fargo& Co to throw out large judgments against them. Wal-Mart had sought to get rid of a $187 million class action judgment over the retailer's treatment of workers in Pennsylvania.

  • WASHINGTON, April 4- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Wal-Mart Stores Inc's bid to throw out a more than $150 million class action judgment over the retailers' treatment of workers in Pennsylvania. The case affects about 187,000 Wal-Mart employees who worked in Pennsylvania between 1998 and 2006.. The Pennsylvania court mostly upheld a 2007 lower...

  • WASHINGTON, March 31- U.S. farmers could plant more soybean acres than suggested in the government's acreage forecast issued on Thursday as recent gains in the futures market tempted them to alter their corn-heavy seeding plans, growers and analysts said. "That might make a difference," said Art Bunting, a farmer in Illinois who had planned on devoting 60 percent...

  • Hagie, a leading U.S. crop sprayer manufacturer, employs about 400 people at its Clarion, Iowa manufacturing facility. "It is notable that Hagie basically put itself on sale, because they had a financial advisor involved," said Jim Corridore, analyst at S&P Global Market Intelligence. NCP, Inc, a Des Moines, Iowa investment bank was the exclusive financial advisor to...