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By Paul Yeager | Covering rural America for more than 40 years with stories of agriculture, trading, markets, futures and technology.

Thousands of Skittles end up on an icy road. But that's not the surprising part

<b>(CNN) —</b> This story starts out about Skittles but ends up being about cows.<p>A rural county in southeast Wisconsin had a sweet, sticky mystery along a highway earlier this week. Hundreds of thousands of red Skittles were found spilled on a road in Dodge County.<p>"There's no little 'S' on them, but you …

Skittles

GOP lawmakers try to end Kansas governor's business tax cut

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A push in Kansas to end an income tax break championed by Gov. Sam Brownback is being led by fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature.<p>A state House committee was having a hearing Thursday on a bill that would repeal a 2012 policy that benefited more than 330,000 …

Finance

Already reeling, Mexico fears it has much to lose with Trump

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Donald Trump's assumption of the U.S. presidency couldn't come at a worse time for Mexico.<p>Drug violence here is again on the upswing, the government has struggled to combat widespread corruption and nationwide protests have erupted after gasoline prices spiked this month amid the …

Finance

Rick Perry reportedly had a completely different idea about what an energy secretary does

The Energy Department appeared to confound former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.<p>According to a report from The New York Times published on Wednesday, when President-elect Donald Trump tapped Perry as energy secretary, he had a completely different idea about what the job entailed.<p>Perry was under the …

Rick Perry

Scientists Concerned For Future Of National Labs As Rick Perry Seeks Top Energy Post

When a solar company wants to test new technology, they bring their panels to the National Renewable Energy Lab near Denver. It's a place where federal scientists can measure how powerful and long-lasting solar panels are, so consumers know what they are buying.<p>"A lot of times maybe people don't …

Energy

Perry: ‘I regret’ call to scrap Energy Department

Rick Perry will repudiate his call to eliminate the Energy Department President-elect Donald Trump has tapped him to run when he appears at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday morning.<p>The former Texas governor infamously forgot DOE’s name when he called for its elimination in a 2011 Republican …

U.S. Congress

USDA Sets Tougher Animal-Welfare Standards for Organic Farming

Agricultural officials on Thursday released more stringent animal-welfare standards for farmers who market their meat and eggs as organic.<p>Under the new rules, farmers will have to provide a minimum amount of space to chickens raised for organic eggs and meat. Cattle, pigs and poultry will need to …

Agriculture

Commerce pick say NAFTA will be early target for team Trump

<i>Posted:</i> <i>Updated:</i><p>Renewable energy advocates in Hawaii are pushing a bill to urge the transportation sector to get all its from renewable sources in …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue tapped as Trump's agriculture secretary, sources say

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the Department of Agriculture, senior transition officials tell NBC News.<p>Perdue, 70, served on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign. His nomination, which must be confirmed by the …

Elections

New York probing reverse mortgages at Treasury nominee's ex-bank: source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York attorney general's office is investigating reverse-mortgage servicing companies, including a unit of the bank Treasury Secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin ran, according to a person familiar with the matter.<p>Financial Freedom, a unit of OneWest bank, is being probed …

21st Century

Scuse nominated as Delaware secretary of agriculture

Delaware Gov.-elect John Carney announced Friday, Jan. 13, his selection of Michael Scuse as the state's next secretary of agriculture. Nominations …

Agriculture

Earth sets temperature record for third straight year

The Earth saw its warmest year on record in 2016, the third year in a row that the average surface temperature reached a new high, federal officials …

Climate Change

Scott Pruitt, Trump's pick to head EPA, faces questions on climate change

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected to face tough questions about his views on climate change and ties to the fossil fuel industry during his confirmation hearing Wednesday.<p>The Oklahoma attorney general has aggressively fought against …

Climate Change

Last Year Was Warmest on Record, Climate Experts Say

Rising global temperatures in 2016 set a record for the third year in a row, as federal climate experts rated it the warmest year world-wide since modern record keeping began.<p>In a new federal climate report, researchers from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic …

Climate Change

Trump is waving adios to the longstanding ‘strong dollar policy’

The strong dollar policy—a mantra of Democratic and Republican administrations for more than two decades—may be headed for the scrap heap once Donald Trump is sworn in as president on Friday.<p>Indeed, Trump sent the dollar skittering lower Tuesday after he told The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. …

U.S. Dollar

OPEC Says Oil Output Fell After Production Deal, but U.S. Output Rising

Saudi Arabia made largest cut to production following agreement<p>Most Popular Videos<p>Most Popular Articles

Oil

New series of storms to bring renewed California flood concerns, especially in south

Filed in Uncategorized by Daniel Swain on January 17, 2017 • 0 Comments<p><b>An remarkably wet and active January so far, especially in the …

Climate

Trump's Pick for EPA Backs View Agency Has Overreached

WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, defended his record Wednesday against harsh questioning from Senate Democrats, while getting help from Republicans who back his bid to head an agency he has sued more than a dozen times.<p>Mr. …

Climate Change

Here's A Bullish Case For Gold Under Trump -- Even If He Fails

Money velocity has been going down steadily for almost 20 years. After the great recession, it has dropped to a historically low level.<p>Quantitative easing and drops in interest rates never offset deflationary forces around the world. QE money went from the central banks to financial institutions, …

Economics

Here's why Russia is bullish on oil in 2017

Russia’s Mineral Resources Minister, Sergei Donskoi, has demonstrated strong optimism about the direction oil prices are going this year and next. He believes that Brent crude could reach US$65 a barrel by the end of next year thanks to the OPEC-non-OPEC production cut agreement that, according to …

Oil

Exxon and Noble Stoke Permian Passions - Bloomberg Gadfly

In case you hadn't heard, the Permian is so hot right now. Two big deals have been announced in this shale nirvana in the past 24 hours, including …

Oil

Trump takes credit for saving Monsanto jobs, but ...

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Following Donald Trump's meeting with the CEOs of Monsanto and Bayer last week, the president-elect's transition team says the companies will increase research and development spending in the U.S. and keep Monsanto's headquarters in St. Louis.<p>But will any workers lose their …

Agriculture

Globalization not to blame for world's ills: China's Xi

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Economic globalization has become a "Pandora's Box" for many, but global problems are not caused by it, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Tuesday.<p>Xi told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that international financial crises were caused by the …

China

Trump's Last Vacant Cabinet Post

The president-elect has yet to name a secretary of agriculture, a delay that has caused controversy and illustrated the difficulties governing will pose.<p>Three days before Donald Trump is to be inaugurated as America’s new president, just one Cabinet agency lacks a nominee to lead it: the Department …

Agriculture

Rockin' Out with Ted Seifried

Music was an early career for Ted Seifried. He ranks his favorite concerts and ties in commodities to the music world in this MtoM podcast. Subscribe …

Globalization

Trump Adviser Scaramucci Says U.S. Can Withstand Rising Dollar

DAVOS, Switzerland—Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital and an adviser to President-elect Donald Trump said the U.S. economy could withstand the impact of a strong dollar, while warning that deflation could cause a downturn that would be worse than past economic crises.<p>Mr. …

Economics

China's Xi Jinping Defends Globalization at Davos

Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a full-throated defense of international trade and economic integration before a packed hall here, as doubts about the merits of globalization mount in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West.<p>“No one will emerge as a winner in a trade war,” Mr. Xi, the leader of the …

China

Congressional Republicans Take Aim At Taxes On Imports And Exports

Big box retailers and advocates for the poor are teaming up for what could be a big fight with congressional Republicans who want to change the corporate tax code. At issue is something called the "border adjustment tax."

Taxes