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Oct 17, 2013

Donations, prisoners aid cities, ranchers after South Dakota blizzard

By Michael Hirtzer

(Reuters) – Donations of money and some cattle have been rolling in for South Dakota ranchers after a blizzard last week killed tens of thousands of cattle in one of the state’s worst agriculture tragedies, state officials said on Thursday.

Dozens of minimum-security prison inmates were aiding the clean-up effort, gathering debris in three towns in the western part of the state hit by record snowfall that felled trees and knocked out power lines.

Oct 15, 2013

Oklahoma cattle auction keeps selling despite USDA shutdown

By Michael Hirtzer

(Reuters) – One of the nation’s largest and oldest cattle auctions was not going let the shutdown of the U.S. government affect operations, so it now reports sales privately via the Internet to ensure its benchmark prices get out.

Typically the U.S. Agriculture Department would distribute the prices for the thousands of calves and yearlings that are bought and sold there each week. But with the government shut down, the owners adopted an alternative price outlet.

Oct 11, 2013

Foster Farms poultry plants remain open despite outcry

By Michael Hirtzer

(Reuters) – Three poultry plants in California that were the source of a Salmonella outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people in 20 states will continue to operate despite demands by lawmakers and consumer advocate groups that they be shut down.

Foster Farms’ plants in Fresno and Livingston will remain open after the poultry company implemented new “food safety controls over the last two months,” Ron Foster, president and chief executive officer of the privately held California-based company, said in a statement.

Oct 8, 2013

Long-idled Ohio ethanol plant to restart next week

By Michael Hirtzer

(Reuters) – A central Ohio ethanol plant that has been idled for nearly five years will restart next week and produce up to 50 million gallons (189 million liters) of the fuel additive per year, said Jim Galvin, president of plant owner Three Rivers Energy.

Three Rivers Energy purchased the former Coshocton Ethanol Plant for $27 million out of foreclosure in 2012 but delayed restarting the plant until harvest of this year’s record-large U.S. corn crop, Galvin said.

Oct 8, 2013

Record blizzard kills South Dakota cattle, government shutdown will slow aid

By Michael Hirtzer

(Reuters) – Disaster aid will be slow to come for South Dakota ranchers who lost as many as 60,000 head of cattle during an historic blizzard over the weekend, industry officials said on Tuesday.

Cattle died of hypothermia or suffocated under snowdrifts after a “perfect storm” brought rain, then record snowfall and strong winds to the portion of the state west of the Missouri River, said Silvia Christen, executive director of the South Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

Oct 8, 2013

Record blizzard kills S. Dakota cattle, gov’t shutdown will slow aid

Oct 8 (Reuters) – Disaster aid will be slow to come for
South Dakota ranchers who lost as many as 60,000 head of cattle
during an historic blizzard over the weekend, industry officials
said on Tuesday.

Cattle died of hypothermia or suffocated under snowdrifts
after a “perfect storm” brought rain, then record snowfall and
strong winds to the portion of the state west of the Missouri
River, said Silvia Christen, executive director of the South
Dakota Stockgrowers Association.

Sep 28, 2013

Steady as he falls is key to victory for skydiving cameraman

OTTAWA, Illinois (Reuters) – Professional skydiver Brandon Atwood has a strange but essential job while hurtling toward Earth at more than 100 miles per hour: He points a video camera attached to his helmet back up toward the sky while his teammates execute a complex aerial routine.

Without Atwood’s contribution, none of the spectators on the ground would be able to see the Arizona Arsenal’s winning performance in the four-person vertical formation event at the U.S. National Skydiving Championships earlier this month, 80 miles southwest of Chicago.

Sep 26, 2013

Slow start to U.S. soy harvest idles Midwest processors

CHICAGO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Several soy processing plants
in the western U.S. Midwest were idled amid a slow start to the
soybean harvest, trade and company sources said on Thursday.

Two Cargill Inc plants, located in Kansas City,
Missouri, and Wichita, Kansas, were shut down, along with an
Archer Daniels Midland facility in Deerfield, Missouri,
the sources said.

Aug 5, 2013

Lollapalooza’s broad appeal leads to biggest audience yet

CHICAGO, Aug 4 (Reuters) – Lollapalooza, the three-day music
festival in Chicago’s historic Grant Park, was bigger than ever
this year with a lineup that honored its alternative rock roots
and broadened its appeal to fans of folk, dance, rap and even
country music.

A record 300,000 people took in nearly 150 bands playing on
eight stages set up across the mile-long park lawn just across
the street from the shores of Lake Michigan.

Aug 2, 2013

Green Plains to temporarily shut down nine ethanol plants -CEO

Aug 2 (Reuters) – Corn-based ethanol maker Green Plains
Renewable Energy will temporarily shut down nine of its
10 ethanol plants for maintenance during the next two months as
corn supplies tighten ahead of the U.S. harvest, Chief Executive
Officer Todd Becker said in an interview on Friday.

The downtime is expected to reduce ethanol output by 10
percent to 20 percent for the ethanol maker from late August
through the end of September. The company is based in Omaha,
Nebraska.