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  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December turned down the request for an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline to build under the Missouri River. December 2014 Energy Transfer Partners LP applies to the North Dakota Public Service Commission to build a 1,172- mile, 570,000- barrel-per-day pipeline to deliver crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken shale...

  • Jan 20- Aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins Inc's defense business is "really busy right now," reflecting a new emphasis on defense spending, Chief Executive Officer Kelly Ortberg said on Friday. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa- based company is bidding on more defense program contracts "and the scope of the programs is larger," Ortberg said on a conference call with...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- Tax cuts, deregulation and more federal spending advocated by the incoming Trump administration are a classic remedy for economic stagnation and long unemployment lines. What the country needs now, labor economists and Fed officials say, is small-bore surgery- policies focused on depressed regions in its rural areas and industrial...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- Tax cuts, deregulation and more federal spending advocated by the incoming Trump administration are a classic remedy for economic stagnation and long unemployment lines. What the country needs now, labor economists and Fed officials say, is small-bore surgery- policies focused on depressed regions in its rural areas and industrial...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- Tax cuts, deregulation and more federal spending advocated by the incoming Trump administration are a classic remedy for economic stagnation and long unemployment lines. What the country needs now, labor economists and Fed officials say, is small-bore surgery- policies focused on depressed regions in its rural areas and industrial...

  • CANNON BALL, N.D., Jan 19- Tensions have increased this week near the construction site of the Dakota Access pipeline, with repeated clashes between protesters and police ahead of Friday's inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, an unabashed fan of the $3.8 billion project. "It's closing in on the inauguration, and people want to make sure that their voices...

  • President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest states that dominate U.S. agricultural exports. He was elected to two terms as governor of Georgia, a leading producer of cotton and peanuts, serving from 2003 to 2011.

  • President-elect Donald Trump officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture on Thursday, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest states that dominate U.S. agricultural exports. He served two terms as Georgia governor from 2003 to 2011. Georgia accounted for just 2 percent of total U.S. agriculture...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 17- The U.S. Dairy Export Council on Tuesday named former U.S. Vilsack, 66, served as head of the U.S. Agriculture Department for eight years and before that was governor of Iowa. Vilsack, who said he and his agency were tasked by the White House to provide "as smooth as possible" a transition to the new administration, said he did not know why Trump has taken so...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 17- U.S. soybean futures rose more than 2 percent on Tuesday, touching a six-month high on worries about excessive rains in Argentina crimping production prospects, analysts said. As of 12:17 a.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade March soybeans were up 23-3/ 4 cents at $10.70 per bushel after reaching $10.75-1/ 2, the highest for a most-active contract since...

  • The report, the first of its kind from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to examine the actual impact of ethanol, said the biofuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent relative to gasoline, significantly more than the 21 percent estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2010.. The analysis, prepared for USDA by Washington consultancy ICF...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 12- The U.S. government on Thursday said that ethanol is better for the environment than previously expected in a report boosting the country's biggest biofuel a week ahead of a new administration that has some in the industry concerned. The analysis puts the emissions benefits at the high end of those outlined by the U.S. Department of Energy and...

  • The secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will not approve or reject the merger but will face the issue of industry consolidation. How Trump responds on those issues- and who he picks to lead the USDA- could determine whether he is able to maintain the strong rural support he demonstrated in the Nov. 8 election. Trump has also met with Elsa Murano,...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 6- U.S. soybean export sales slid to their lowest in the current marketing year last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday, fueling concerns among analysts and traders that formerly sizzling demand is cooling down. Exporters in the week ended Dec. 29 struck deals to sell 87,500 tonnes of U.S. soybeans for delivery in the 2016/ 2017...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 5- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told French nuclear power company Areva SA it will publish as early as next week the names of U.S. reactors that contain components from its Le Creusot forge that is suspected of falsifying documents despite the company's claim that the information is proprietary. Still, anti-nuclear power advocates,...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 4- U.S. soybean futures rose 1.9 percent on Wednesday on a round of bargain buying following three straight days of declines that pushed the benchmark contract to its lowest since mid-November, traders said. "We got down to the bottom end of the range on beans," said Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade...

  • "We got down to the bottom end of the range on beans," said Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. At 10:22 a.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade March soybean futures were up 13-3/ 4 cents at $10.08-3/ 4 a bushel. CBOT March soft red winter wheat was 3-3/ 4 cents higher at $4.10-1/ 4 a bushel and K.C. March hard red winter wheat gained 5-1/ 2 cents to $4.19-1/ 2 a...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 30- Smithfield Food Inc, the world's biggest pork producer, is buying grain elevators and purchasing grain directly from farmers, a move that hits grain handlers already reeling from multiyear lows in corn and soybean prices. The Virginia- based company bought two Ohio grain elevators in September. For the first time, it can ship grain directly from...

  • As of 12:05 p.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade March wheat futures were up 16 cents, about 4 percent, at $4.09-1/ 2 per bushel, after reaching $4.11, the contract's highest since Dec. 19. March corn was up 7 cents at $3.52-3/ 4 a bushel and most-active March soybeans were up 18-1/ 4 cents at $10.15-3/ 4 a bushel. Much of this is a simple correction from the losses that were posted...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Dec 22- Democrats are showing little interest in cooperating with the Republicans who control Congress on legislation to dismantle the Obamacare health insurance law but some are signaling a willingness to collaborate on action to curb rising drug prices. President-elect Donald Trump pledged two weeks ago to bring down drug prices,...