Shuanghui International Purchases Smithfield Foods

Most recent updates regarding Smithfield Foods purchasing agreement
SMITHFIELD, Va., Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. (NYSE:SFD) announced today that the shareholders of the company voted overwhelmingly to approve the proposed strategic combination with Shuanghui International Holdings Limited.

Latest Minnesota Football Rankings (10/2)

The latest Minnesota Associated Press state high school football polls. First-place are votes in parentheses, followed by record and total points.

1. Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (8) (6-0) 80
2. Kittson County Central (6-0) 60
3. Mountain Lake Area (6-0) 52
3. Edgerton/Ellsworth (6-0) 52
5. Spring Grove (6-0) 42
6. Win-E-Mac (6-0) 38
7. Nicollet (6-0) 36
8. Ely (6-0) 33
9. Floodwood (6-0) 17
10. Elmore Academy (6-0) 9
Others receiving votes: Kelliher/Northome 8, Grand Meadow 6, Lanesboro 5, Verndale 2

Class 1A
1. Mahnomen (7) (6-0) 79

Taiwan Delegation Visits Minnesota Locations

(St. Paul, -- Leaders of a 20-member delegation from Taiwan signed a letter of intent during a ceremony today at the Minnesota state capitol to purchase an estimated $1.83 billion worth of U.S. corn and corn co-products in 2014-15.

The letter -- also signed by Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) president Tom Haag – declares the Taiwan Feed Industry Association’s intent to purchase about 197 million bushels of corn and 500,000 metric tons of corn co-products such as dried distillers grains (DDG).

Reuben Linton II is named Player of the Week for a second straight week

Earlier this week the Minnesota College Athletic Conference released their weekly football awards and for the second straight week, Minnesota West sophomore running back Reuben Linton II has earned Player of the Week honors.

Bunge Agreement Terminated by MnSP

( -- In 2007 MnSP entered into a Management Services Agreement with Bunge North America, Inc.

In the terms of that agreement Bunge N.A. assisted MnSP in developing its own management and financial team and provided MnSP commercial and risk management services. That agreement was very beneficial to both MnSP and Bunge N.A.

Latest Iowa High School Football Rankings (10/9/13)

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school football poll. First-place votes are in parentheses, followed by record and total points.

1. Elk Horn-Kimballton Exira (9) 6-0 1319
2. Gilbertville-Don Bosco (4) 7-0 128
3. Newell-Fonda (1) 6-0 101
4. Adair-Casey 7-0 93
5. West Bend-Mallard 7-0 86
5. Springville 7-0 86
7. River Valley 6-0 58
8. Janesville 5-1 35
9. HLV, Victor 6-1 14
10. Coon Rapids-Bayard 6-1 13
Others receiving votes: Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 12, Glidden-Ralston 8, Lamoni 2, Fremont Mills 2, Twin Cedars 1

Class A

Linton named MCAC Player of the Week

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their weekly Football awards and Minnesota West Bluejay sophomore Reuben Linton II has been named the MCAC Southern Division Special Teams Player of the Week

Linton, a sophomore from San Antonio, TX, racked up 117 punt return yards on 5 returns, 2 of which were returned for touchdowns from 57 and 55 yards out. Reuben Linton II also had 80 yards rushing on 10 carries and scored on a 14-yard TD run as the Minnesota West Bluejays picked up a 41-7 season-opening victory over Vermilion on Saturday (8/31).