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Greener Pastures Signal Rebound for Beef Industry

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chicago — Pasture conditions in the U.S., the world’s largest beef producer, are mostly recovered from a 2012 drought that forced ranchers to shrink the domestic herd to a 63-year low. While it takes years to reverse a decline in animal supply, record-high beef prices and the increasing availability of cheap feed are providing incentives for some producers to begin expanding. A production rebound would help slow beef-price gains that …

Stagecoach Names Interim Leader

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — Stagecoach Transportation Services, which recently experienced a leadership change, hosted a barbecue last month at Gifford Medical Center. The barbecue, part of the hospital’s free Tuesday concert series, was a way to thank local donors for helping Stagecoach meet its financial goals for fiscal year 2014, including raising sufficient local match …

Social Security Q&A: What Information Do I Need for SSI?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Question: What information do I need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Here are some of the things you will be asked for when you apply for SSI. Even if you do not have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the Social Security office can help you. But keep in mind that the more information you …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Health Care Analytics Leader Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon — Dr. Robert A. Greene, a national leader in health care analytics and new payment models, has joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock as executive vice president and chief population management officer. Greene will have …

Billions in Productivity Lost to Fantasy Football

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Fantasy football may cost employers more than $13 billion in lost productivity as millions of Americans who spend the season helming imaginary football teams spend work hours reviewing player statistics and managing their pretend rosters. Chicago-based outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which calculated the estimate, emphasized that …

Money Talk: Save for Retirement, Even With a Pension

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Question: My husband works for the government and will be receiving a pension when he retires. Am I still supposed to save the recommended amount for retirement from my income or can that amount be reduced since we know we have the pension? We are starting a family …

Railroad Jam Slows Shipment Of U.S. Grain

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Chicago — With the start of the spring-wheat harvest in Arnegard, N.D., a week away, the bins on Bob Wisness’s 11,000-acre farm are half full with last year’s crops that have been stranded by a train traffic jam. “With the railroad situation the way it is, it almost …

Consumer Confidential: Combing Through a Hair Treatment That Went Bad

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Shlomo Brooks might want to consider himself lucky that his biggest problem with a West Los Angeles hair-replacement clinic is that his hair isn’t any thicker. At least that’s my feeling after looking into Brooks’ dealings with a man who now faces criminal charges of impersonating a doctor …

Analysis: John Deere Feeling the Downside of an Abundant Harvest

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Washington — This year hasn’t been kind to the U.S. agricultural sector. Just ask John Deere, the world’s largest manufacturer of farming machinery. The company last week reported a 15 percent decline in profit for its fiscal third quarter compared with the previous quarter. After years of sustained …

Farmers Await Weed-Killer Rule

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Washington — Faced with tougher and more resistant weeds, corn and soybean farmers are anxiously awaiting government decisions on a new version of a popular herbicide — and on genetically modified seeds to grow crops designed to resist …

Wearing Thin: Analysts Say Wearable Devices Are Unlikely to Be Big Sellers

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Despite the hype for upcoming products from Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., a number of analysts say Internet-connected personal devices such as smartwatches and fitness bands — so-called wearables — will be hard-pressed to reach …

Building a Business on Their Own

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New York — When Matt Cottle asked his boss to let him work in the supermarket’s bakery, she told him he’d never do anything more than collect grocery carts. After six years of bagging groceries and pushing carts, …

At $850 Million, BuzzFeed Value Tops Big Papers’

Sunday, August 17, 2014

BuzzFeed raised $50 million on a bet its mix of everything from animal lists to serious news is more valuable than the coverage produced by established media like the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. The investment from venture-capital firm Andreessen Horowitz propelled BuzzFeed’s valuation beyond those traditional …