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  • An agreement by House and Senate negotiators would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, while preserving tax credits for wind power and other clean energy. The 19.6- million-acre refuge in northeastern Alaska is one of the most pristine areas in the United States and is home to polar bears, caribou, migratory birds and other wildlife.

  • Dec 14- A U.S. labor board on Thursday overturned an Obama-era ruling that had made it easier for unions and workers to hold companies accountable for practices of contractors and franchisees, a decision welcomed by business groups that could affect a major case against McDonald's Corp. The 3-2 decision by the National Labor Relations Board reversed the...

  • In a 3-2 decision, the National Labor Relations Board reversed the standard it set out in a 2015 case involving Browning-Ferris Industries Inc and reinstated a previous test that says companies are "joint employers" only when they exercise direct control over workers. President Donald Trump appointed two Republicans to the five-member NLRB earlier this...

  • RUBIO SAYS "I'M A NO" ON TAX BILL IF CHILD TAX CREDIT IS NOT RAISED.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation's biofuels regulation, but would never agree on anything that diminishes the program. Representatives of both sides gathered on Wednesday at the...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Farmers in Alabama and Nebraska joined with a Nebraska- based fair trade group Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency's cancellation of an Obama-era plan that would have made it easier for farmers to demand better treatment when they contract with meatpacking companies. "We know from decades of evidence that massive...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. lawmakers from states that produce corn for ethanol plants said on Wednesday they would consider proposals from Senator Ted Cruz of Texas to help the oil refining industry cope with the nation's biofuels regulation, but would never agree on anything that diminishes the program. Representatives of both sides gathered on Wednesday at the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. renewable fuel credits have sunk to their lowest levels in two months amid efforts by President Donald Trump's administration to mediate talks between oil and corn interests over ways help refiners meet the country's biofuels policy, traders said. Prices of renewable fuel credits were trading at roughly 74 cents on Wednesday, its lowest...

  • Algeria, the world's third-largest wheat importer, made its biggest U.S. wheat purchase in nine months on Tuesday. "The fact that we sold wheat to Algeria got my attention," said Jim Gerlach, president of broker A/C Trading in Indiana. Algeria is known as one of the world's low-cost buyers and imports most of its wheat from France, taking advantage of its proximity to...

  • *Corn turns down after brief rally on USDA stocks view. CHICAGO, Dec 12- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell to a three-week low on Tuesday on improving weather in Argentina and rising estimates of Brazil's soybean crop, while corn and wheat futures hit life-of-contract lows. CBOT March corn ended down 1-1/ 4 cents at $3.47-3/ 4 after posting a contact low at...

  • Dec 12- The White House will host talks between the rival oil and ethanol industries on Wednesday in hopes of brokering a deal to help refiners struggling to meet the country's biofuels policy, according to sources familiar with the matter. The meeting comes after the White House last week pressured Midwest lawmakers to take part in talks over possible tweaks...

  • USDA pegged soybean 2017-18 ending stocks at 445 million bushels, up 20 million bushels from its November outlook. "South America had a huge crop and they've been flipping them into the market," said Karl Setzer, analyst with MaxYield Cooperative in West Bend, Iowa. "The USDA had been expecting a 3 percent increase and today's numbers show us that USDA is...

  • ANKENY, Iowa _ Casey's General Stores Inc. on Monday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $48.9 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.38 per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.13 billion.

  • White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly on Thursday called Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of corn-growing state Iowa- a leading supporter of the biofuels industry- to discuss the possibility of a meeting, Grassley's office told Reuters on Friday. And Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called Republican Senator Joni Ernst, also of Iowa, on the issue, a...

  • Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and James Lankford of Oklahoma also said Trump expressed a desire to help refiners in a way that protected the interests of farmers, but that more discussions were needed. The White House said the meeting was productive and that Trump remained committed to the RFS, farmers and energy workers.

  • Republican Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and James Lankford of Oklahoma also said Trump expressed a desire to help refiners in a way that also protected the interests of farmers, but that more discussions were needed. A White House official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meeting. The White House said earlier in the day the...

  • Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana told reporters after the meeting that Trump's attitude was to "get it done." A White House official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the meeting. The White House said earlier in the day the meeting would include Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Agriculture...

  • Senator Ted Cruz of Texas will lead a delegation of lawmakers in a meeting with President Donald Trump on Thursday to argue for changes to the nation's biofuels policy to protect oil refining jobs. "will listen to the concerns of senators who represent these workers, with the hope of finding common ground on both sides of this debate," said Lindsay Walters, a White...

  • Mark Sanford, R- S.C., said Tuesday as leaders in the House and Senate hailed their respective measures as an advantage for working Americans. Asked why GOP leaders label it a middle-class tax cut, Sanford said, "There is certainly a chicken in every pot, in essence. Both the House and Senate have passed massive tax bills that would provide steep tax cuts for businesses...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 5- U.S. soybean futures climbed more than 1 percent on Tuesday, scrambling back above $10 a bushel on worries about poor weather threatening yield prospects in Argentina. As of 12:20 p.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans were up 12-3/ 4 cents at $10.11-1/ 4 per bushel after reaching $10.15, the highest spot price on a continuous chart since...