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Irma whips orange trees, shuts meat plants

Chicago | Reuters — Hurricane Irma stripped oranges from trees and prompted Tyson Foods to shut meat plants in Florida and Georgia on Monday to keep workers safe. Tyson, the biggest U.S. meat company, hopes to resume normal operations soon at chicken plants it shuttered in Cumming, Dawson and Vienna, Ga., and at a beef […] Read more


From sugar mills to hog farms, U.S. agriculture braces for Irma

Chicago/New York | Reuters — Hurricane Irma sent farmers and food companies scrambling to protect processing facilities, farm fields and animal herds in the south and southeastern parts of the U.S. on Wednesday. Florida sugar and citrus processors rushed to secure rail cars and equipment that could be crushed, blocked or turned into flying projectiles. […] Read more

Motiva Enterprises’ facility at Port Arthur, Tex. is the largest fuel refinery in North America. (

Diesel prices could rise further in Harvey’s wake

CNS Canada — Diesel prices in Western Canada have risen by about six to seven cents a litre since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the petroleum-rich Texas coast. An expert with the fuel industry says harvest pressure will likely keep the diesel market from correcting downward, and push prices up a bit more. “So (the market) appears […] Read more

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U.S. grains: Corn hits two-week high

Chicago | Reuters –– U.S. corn futures hit a two-week high on Wednesday on a mix of short-covering and worries about the pace of U.S. crop maturity, traders said. Soybeans and wheat futures also posted modest advances. Chicago Board of Trade December corn futures settled up 2-1/2 cents at $3.61 per bushel after reaching $3.62, […] Read more