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  • The move comes weeks after Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, one of the country's biggest farm states and the biggest hog-producing state, slammed Smithfield for receiving what he said was aid from the USDA that was meant to help American farmers hurt by China's trade tariffs. USDA has agreed to the termination, " Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for the USDA,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 16- Senator Chuck Grassley said on Friday he will relinquish his job as U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman next year, creating a coveted vacancy atop a panel that reviews judicial nominations and was among those examining Russia's role in U.S. elections. The Senate must confirm appointments to the Supreme Court and other federal...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 16- U.S. soybean futures turned higher Friday after President Donald Trump said China had sent a list of things it was willing to do to resolve trade tensions with the United States and his administration may not have to impose further tariffs. China, the world's biggest soy buyer, has responded with import tariffs on U.S. goods, including soybeans.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 16- U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday said he planned to relinquish the position next year, leaving a vacancy at the top of the panel, which is among those investigating alleged Russian political interference. In a statement, the Iowa Republican said he would instead seek to return as chair of the Senate Finance...

  • ADDIEVILLE, Ill., Nov 14- Clouds crowded the Illinois sky as Nick Harre walked away from his combine at the peak of harvest to join four fellow farmers in greeting some unlikely visitors. The wooing of such a tiny market underscores the depth of U.S. farmers problems after losing their biggest customer, China, to a global trade war. China bought about 32 million tons...

  • As of 12:52 p.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade December corn was down 4-1/ 4 cents at $3.67 a bushel after dipping to $3.65-1/ 2, the contract's lowest since Nov. 2. CBOT December wheat was down 12 cents at $5.07-3/ 4 a bushel and January soybeans were down 5 cents at $8.78-1/ 4 a bushel. Also, President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said that the United States welcomed...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency may issue fewer biofuel waivers to small refineries under Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler than it did under its previous leadership, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa said on Tuesday. Wheeler took over the EPA in July after Pruitt resigned in a flurry of ethical controversies.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. soybean farmer Mike Schlosser does not expect President Donald Trumps trade war with China, the single biggest headwind to his business, to end any time soon. Congress comes back on Tuesday for the lame-duck session after Democrats in last week's mid-term elections gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Nov 8- The trade landscape in the U.S. House of Representatives will shift significantly next year following Democrats' seizure of control in Tuesday's elections. Pelosi also has applauded Trump's initial round of tariffs against China, citing the need to combat China's "brazenly unfair trade policies". Richard Neal of Massachusetts is expected to become...

  • Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa.

    For years, King has made comments seen as racist and anti-immigrant, including a tweet in support of two anti-Islam European politicians that said, "Cultural suicide by demographic transformation must end."

  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. 

    Tuesday's contest was the first time voters elected Reynolds as governor. She replaced former Gov. Terry Branstad last year when he became U.S. ambassador to China.

  • Democratic candidate Abby Finkenauer stands for a portrait on her parent's property in Dubuque, Iowa Monday, June 4, 2018. 

    Republicans had long considered Iowa's 1st District to be among the party's most vulnerable House seats. Democrats, meanwhile, considered Finkenauer to be among their party's strongest recruits this cycle.

  • CHICAGO, Nov 5- North American farmers are finding increased levels of a plant toxin known as vomitoxin in this year's corn harvest, adding insult to injury for growers already suffering as the U.S.- China trade war hurts soybean exports and crop prices. They will literally starve to death before eating it, "said Indiana grain inspector Doug Titus of Titus Grain...

  • Nov 1- Chuck Wirtz voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, inspired by the then-political outsider, but the veteran Iowa hog farmer now has buyer's remorse as the U.S. Wirtz, 56, estimates the tariffs resulting from the U.S. trade war with China and other nations have cost him $200,000 this year and forced the liquidation of part of his farm in northwestern Iowa.

  • Nov 1- Chuck Wirtz voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, inspired by the then-political outsider, but the veteran Iowa hog farmer now has buyer's remorse as the U.S. Wirtz, 56, estimates the tariffs resulting from the U.S. trade war with China and other nations have cost him $200,000 this year and forced the liquidation of part of his farm in northwestern Iowa.

  • Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa.

    The National Republican Congressional Committee says it "will not play" in Rep. Steve King's race to win re-election. Intel, Purina and Land O'Lakes have also said they will no longer contribute to his campaign.

  • Oct 30- Agricultural dairy cooperative Land O'Lakes pulled its support on Tuesday for U.S. Representative Steve King, an Iowa Republican whose past inflammatory comments on immigration and race drew renewed scrutiny after the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue. "We take our civic responsibility seriously, want our contributions to be a positive force for...

  • Oct 30- Agricultural cooperative Land O'Lakes pulled its support on Tuesday for Republican Iowa Congressman Steve King, whose past inflammatory comments on immigration and race drew renewed scrutiny after the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue. He received $2,500 from the Land O'Lakes Political Action Committee this year, according to the Center for...

  • Representative Steve King, a Republican from Iowa.

    Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King has a history of being critical of immigrants and "diversity" and of supporting far-right politicians. Land O'Lakes said it would no longer contribute to his campaigns after being called out by Judd Legum.

  • *Soybeans hit one-month low as U.S. harvest advances. CHICAGO, Oct 29- U.S. soybean futures slid to the lowest point in a month on Monday under pressure from a record-large U.S. harvest and dim export prospects due to a trade dispute between the United States and top importer China. "There is a large soybean crop out there," said Don Roose, president of Iowa- based U.S....