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USDA awards $197 million in marketing funds
The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service has announced its 2014 farm bill awards and is now taking applications for 2015 funds.

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Union Pacific railroad’s 1Q profit up 14 percent
The Omaha, Neb., based railroad said Thursday that it generated $1.09 billion in net income, or $2.38 per share, in the first quarter. That’s up from $957 million, or $2.03 per share, a year ago. Union Pacific’s revenue grew 7 percent to...
Chinese pork giant plans IPO to raise up to $5.3B
The company bought Smithfield Foods Inc., the largest U.S. pork company, less than a year ago for $4.7 billion in cash. WH Group, which changed its name from Shuanghui International Holdings, is the dominant pork producer in China, which accounted for...
Report: Sales of combines down, tractors up
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers reported Thursday a more than 21 percent drop last month in sales of combines nationwide. The group said 772 combines were sold, compared to 983 for the same month last year. But sales of all farm tractors were...
China exports unexpectedly fell in March
Beijing is forecasting annual trade growth of 7.5 percent, but so far this year official data show total exports and imports down by 1 percent.
Foster Farms salmonella outbreak continuing
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in January that the outbreak appeared to be over. It has been going on since March 2013.
City declares Sriracha maker a nuisance
The Irwindale, Calif., City Council’s action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.