United States president-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for agriculture secretary, Axios reported on Tuesday. Vilsack, who led the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under former President Barack Obama, could not immediately be reached. His spokeswoman, Regina Black, declined to comment as an official announcement hasn't been made.
The co-owner of a Manhattan deli in New York, where someone purchased one of two Powerball tickets that hit the US$ 688 million jackpot said he likely sold the winning ticket, but he has no idea who won.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, the first vote of the US 2016 presidential election. He took 28% of the Republican vote, beating his rival, the once frontrunner Donald Trump, and Marco Rubio.
State of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency due to a rapidly expanding avian flu outbreak, saying the entire state was at risk from the spread of the disease.
President Barack Obama announced an emergency purchase of up to 170 million dollars of meat and fish on Monday on a campaign trip to drought-hit Iowa, and accused Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan of blocking disaster aid to farmers.
Prices of Brazilian crop land have soared 18% in the past year, to judge by data from one of the country's biggest agricultural groups, which revealed plans to take sowings nearly to 300,000 hectares, according to Agrimoney.com.
The commodities soy and corn’s prizes sky rocked on Thursday thanks to the severe drought that has been punishing the United States heartland. Soy and corn were being sold at record high of 638.89 dollars/ton and 320.26 dollars/ton respectively.