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  • USDA Providing Help to States Hit by Hurricane, Flooding

    USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is actively working with officials in Texas and Louisiana to ensure that people impacted by Hurricane Harvey have access to food now and after emergency operations are completed. “In this time of crisis, with many grocery stores closed and...

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  • Secretary Perdue Strongly Supports Trump’s Tax Reform Agenda

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his strong support for President Trump’s tax reform agenda as a great benefit to the American agriculture community. Perdue issued the following statement: “Just as he has done with excessive and costly regulations, President Trump...

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  • Explosions Reported at Flooded Chemical Plant in Texas

    Two explosions were reported at the Arkema plant in Crosby, TX, roughly 25 miles northeast of Houston, and black smoke was reported to be rising from the plant. Because of massive flooding from Hurricane Harvey, the plant, which produces liquid organic peroxides that are used primarily in the...

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  • Cargill Shutters Grain Elevator in South Dakota

    A Cargill-owned grain elevator in Vienna, SD closed on Wednesday after 23 years of operation under the company, the Watertown Public Opinion reported. Antonella Bellman, a Cargill spokesperson, told the newspaper that the elevator will be shuttered by the end of the business day on Aug. 30 due to...

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  • Siemens, ISA Partner to Grow Industrial Cybersecurity Awareness

    Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) announced the formation of a global partnership to build awareness on industrial security concerns and emerging global standards on Wednesday, responding to on-going issues in industry posed by hackers and other digital threats. "Cyber...

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  • Explosion Risk at Arkema Plant in Texas Forces Evacuations

    An Arkema organic peroxides plant in Crosby, TX is facing an emergency as rising flood waters from Hurricane Harvey threaten to cause a fire or explosion at the facility, forcing the evacuation of a small crew manning the site and some area residents. The company said in a press release Tuesday...

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  • Specialty Ingredients Firm Evolva to Cut 43% of Workforce

    Swiss specialty ingredients firm Evolva plans to reduce its workforce by 43% as part of an overall effort to revamp its operational structure to counter on-going losses, the company announced in a press release Wednesday. The company, which collaborates with American agribusiness Cargill on stevia...

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  • Dow Announces $1 Million Hurricane Harvey Support

    In response to the widespread devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, The Dow Chemical Co. and The Dow Chemical Company Foundation announced today the allocation of $1 million to support immediate relief and long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts associated with the storm and its...

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  • Wyffels Hybrids Invests $23M to Expand Seed Production Plant

    Seed corn provider Wyffels Hybrids is in the process of completing a three-year, $23 million expansion project to upgrade its Atkinson, IL seed production plant, The Quad-City Times reported Tuesday. Slated for completion in 2018, the expanded plant will feature automated production technologies,...

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  • Asahi Kasei to Construct New Plastic Compounds Plant

    The Chinese subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Corporation announced plans to build a new plastic compounds plant in Changshu, China on Aug. 23 to meet increased demand from the country’s automotive industry. “Automobile production in China reached a record high in 2016, and is projected to...

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