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  • Ethanol producers were waiting to see the reaction of the EPA, which has thwarted the move toward a 15% blend rate in the past even as the USDA has called for increased production of the corn-based fuel, said Todd Becker, chief executive officer of Green Plains Inc, which operates 13 ethanol plants. "I don't think this is a supportive EPA of ethanol," Becker said.

  • Democratic presidential hopeful former Vice President Joe Biden looks to the crowd after participating in the ninth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by NBC News, MSNBC, Noticias Telemundo and The Nevada Independent at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, on February 19, 2020.

    Former Vice President Joe Biden will be "back in the game" if he manages to finish second in the upcoming Nevada caucuses, says former U.S. ambassador Frank Lavin.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday announced a goal for biofuels to make up 30% of U.S. transportation fuels by 2050, a move that could bolster an industry that has been otherwise battered by the Trump administration. President Donald Trump has been criticized by the corn-based ethanol industry after his Environmental...

  • Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during the Democratic presidential primary debate at Paris Las Vegas on February 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    As the Democrats took aim at the ascending candidate Mike Bloomberg, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg saved a bit of debate fire for front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders.

  • Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speaks at the ninth Democratic 2020 U.S. Presidential candidates debate at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 19, 2020.

    Mike Bloomberg took a beating from his rivals, including Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, at the very start of his first appearance on the Democratic debate stage.

  • Benchmark April live cattle futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange settled up 1.800 cents at 120.325 cents per pound, pushing through resistance at the contract's 200- day moving average near 120 cents. Commodity funds had been active sellers since late January of live cattle futures as well as other commodities amid fears about economic fallout from...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 13- U.S. lean hog futures rose modestly on Thursday on technical buying and hopes China will step up purchases of U.S. agricultural goods including pork as the U.S.-China Phase 1 trade deal takes effect, brokers said. Under the deal, China agreed to buy at least $200 billion in additional U.S. goods and services over two years, including $32 billion in...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 12- U.S. live cattle futures closed higher on Wednesday, bouncing off a four-month low on bargain buying along with broad-based strength in equity and commodity markets as fears subsided about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China. The benchmark April live cattle futures contract on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange settled up 0.675 cent...

  • *Equities rise cautiously in Asia. LONDON, Feb 12- A drop in the number of new coronavirus cases and the Federal Reserve chairman's optimistic view of the economy lifted world stocks for a third day on Wednesday and sparked a 2% rally in oil prices, on hopes the epidemic's effects would be contained. China reported its lowest number of new coronavirus cases since...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- U.S. live cattle futures fell on Tuesday, with the benchmark April contract touching its lowest since late September on falling cash cattle prices and worries about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in China, traders said. Cash cattle traded lightly in Kansas and Nebraska at $119 to $120 per cwt, traders said, down $1 to $2 from the bulk of last...

  • Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a breakfast campaign stop one day before the New Hampshire presidential primary election in Manchester, New Hampshire, February 10, 2020.

    Bernie Sanders aims to take hold of the 2020 Democratic presidential race by winning in New Hampshire as some of his top rivals stumble. Polls suggest he is vying with Pete Buttigieg for first place in the state, as Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Amy Klobuchar trail.

  • Benchmark April lean hog futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange settled down 1.175 cents at 65.075 cents per pound. President Donald Trump that China would meet its Phase 1 trade deal purchasing targets despite delays linked to the coronavirus, White House adviser Larry Kudlow told Bloomberg Television. Adding to bearish sentiment, the U.S. pork cutout...

  • But an embarrassing meltdown in the Iowa caucus vote count, and a dismal showing by Joe Biden, once seen as the safest choice to unseat the Republican incumbent, have only heightened fears among some Democrats that their party isnt up to the task. Tuesdays New Hampshire primary may do little to dispel the collective unease or help bridge the deep ideological...

  • But an embarrassing meltdown in the Iowa caucus vote count, and a dismal showing by Joe Biden, once seen as the safest choice to unseat the Republican incumbent, have only heightened fears among some Democrats that their party isnt up to the task. Tuesdays New Hampshire primary may do little to dispel the collective unease or help bridge the deep ideological...

  • Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at a campaign stop at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan, on February 4, 2020.

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren bashed Bloomberg over the piles of cash he's spent on his campaign so far.

  • (L-R) Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate in the Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire.

    Here are the the highlights from the 2020 Democratic debate in New Hampshire as front-runners Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg face off after Iowa caucus virtual tie.

  • Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., Feb 7, 2020.

    Seven Democrats vying to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020 appeared on the Manchester, New Hampshire, debate stage Friday night.

  • Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) entrepreneur Andrew Yang, former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), former Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and billionaire activist Tom Steyer pose before the eighth Democratic 2020 presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., February 7, 2020.

    Sen. Bernie Sanders will face off against Pete Buttigieg for the first time since both men declared victory in the Iowa caucus.

  • *Lawsuit focused on Trump hotel in downtown Washington. A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the more than 210 House of Representatives and Senate Democrats lacked the required legal standing to bring the case, reversing a lower court judge's decision that had allowed the case to proceed.

  • Volunteers tally votes during the first-in-the-nation Iowa caucus at the Southridge Mall in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

    A federal watchdog agency has admonished Homeland Security for its lack of election security preparation, with the presidential primary season underway.