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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Federal inspectors have repeatedly ordered a southeast Iowa fur farm to improve the grim living conditions for ferrets, foxes, raccoons and skunks it sells to government laboratories and pet stores. So far no charges or enforcement action has been taken against the Ruby Fur Farm near New Sharon, 65 miles southeast of Des Moines.

  • CORALVILLE, Iowa _ KemPharm Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $10 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Coralville, Iowa- based company said it had a loss of 68 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • *USDA corn yield forecast of 175.4 bpa tops estimates. *USDA leaves soy yield unchanged, record crop expected. Soybeans also dropped as the USDA left its 2017 yield outlook unchanged despite widespread expectations for a cut.

  • *USDA corn yield forecast of 175.4 bpa tops estimates. *USDA leaves soy yield unchanged, record crop expected. Soybeans also dropped as the USDA left its 2017 yield outlook unchanged despite widespread expectations for a cut.

  • In its crop production report, USDA also trimmed its estimate of the soybean harvest from its October outlook. "There's nothing bullish here, but we've been beating on for so long," said Jack Scoville, analyst at Price Futures Group. USDA pegged the corn crop at 14.578 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 175.4 bushels per acre.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 9- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is kicking off an effort to get U.S. small businesses to spend more on advertising as the image of the social media network's ads have taken a hit for their role in alleged Russian attempts to sway U.S. voters. Facebook named five of the 30 cities it will target for its advertising push: Albuquerque,...

  • In its crop production report, USDA also trimmed its estimate of the soybean harvest from its October outlook. USDA pegged the corn crop at 14.578 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 175.4 bushels per acre. In Iowa and Illinois, the two largest production states for corn, USDA boosted its average yield by 6 bushels per acre from its October estimate.

  • WASHINGTON— It's an article of faith among Republicans— reinforced by the party's drubbing in this week's off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey— that the GOP's electoral fortunes next year hinge on whether they succeed in their longstanding dream to redraft the nation's complex, inefficient tax code. GOP lawmakers would have few accomplishments to...

  • Henry Marquard, the director of government affairs for the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce, told the Quad-City Times that the tax credit has provided more than $400 million to the downtown Davenport area. "has largely been the reason we've been able to do millions of dollars of renovation in the downtown," said Kyle Carter, executive director of the Downtown...

  • CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa _ United Fire Group Inc. on Wednesday reported a third-quarter loss of $17.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa- based company said it had a loss of 72 cents per share. United Fire shares have decreased 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa _ EMC Insurance Group Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $746,000. EMC Insurance Group expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.15 to $1.35 per share. EMC Insurance Group shares have fallen slightly more than 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AMES, Iowa _ Workiva Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $14.1 million in its third quarter. For the current quarter ending in December, Workiva expects its results to range from a loss of 23 cents per share to a loss of 22 cents per share. Workiva expects full-year results to range from a loss of 64 cents per share to a loss of 63 cents per share, with revenue ranging from...

  • AMES, Iowa _ Renewable Energy Group Inc. on Tuesday reported a third-quarter loss of $11.4 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Ames, Iowa- based company said it had a loss of 29 cents. Renewable Energy Group shares have risen 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ American Equity Investment Life Holding Co. on Monday reported third-quarter net income of $57 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 63 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $493.9 million.

  • There have been 44 publicly announced freight movement and logistics deals within the U.S. so far this year, according to Thomson Reuters data, already topping the 38 deals announced in 2016. And the total is likely much higher because most deals are private, said Todd McMahon, managing director at investment bank Capstone Partners. And the trucking industry is...

  • WEST DES MOINES, Iowa _ FBL Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $27.1 million. The parent company of Farm Bureau Life Insurance posted revenue of $181.6 million in the period. FBL Financial shares have dropped almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will introduce bills as soon as Monday to toughen U.S. foreign investment rules amid growing concern about Chinese deals, according to a source familiar with the legislation. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Republican leadership who is on the Senate...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 3- A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will introduce bills as soon as Monday that would increase scrutiny of foreign investment in the United States amid growing concern about Chinese deals, according to a source familiar with the legislation. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Republican...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 2- A bipartisan group in the U.S. House of Representatives has called on the Environmental Protection Agency to recognize "the significant pitfalls and costs" of renewable fuel standards in its future rulemaking and enact "well-rounded" biofuel policies. An EPA spokesman said in an email that the agency would respond to the group "through the...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 1- U.S. soybean futures rose to a one-week high on Wednesday on concerns that the U.S. Department of Agriculture might lower its forecast of the domestic soybean yield in a monthly report next week, traders said. Chicago Board of Trade January soybeans settled up 6-1/ 2 cents at $9.91-1/ 4 per bushel after reaching $9.95, the contract's highest since Oct....