A massive storm brought snow to much of the Great Plains, dropping up to 2 feet of snow in some places. The storm shut down airports and roads, but the worst damage could come from more flooding in areas still recovering from last months’ floods.

Crude oil prices popped near a five-month high this week as oil supplies are threatened worldwide.

Hog futures contracts continued exploding higher this week, setting new price records across all contracts. Markets rose the exchange maximum price for two days straight, locked “limit up,” as traders scrambled to buy bacon.

Markets were flummoxed Friday morning by a U.S. Labor Department report showing that only 20,000 new nonfarm jobs were created during February. Analysts had been expecting a figure closer to the recent average job growth of 186,000 new hires each month.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dr. Anne Utech, an Ottumwa native, was recently promoted to the Senior Executive Service equivalent position of national director, Nutrition and Food Services of the Veterans Health Administration Central Office in Washington, DC.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its outlook for the coming year on Friday morning, showing a drastic swing for U.S. farmers away from planting soybeans toward corn. Many Midwestern farmers make an annual decision between the two crops, gauging weather, soil conditions and profita…

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