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Syngenta Seeds Sues Bunge


The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Sioux City. Bunge, which operates grain elevators in North American, including one in Council Bluffs, recently posted notices it would not accept corn planted with Syngenta's Agrisure Viptera seed. Bunge says the seed has not been approved for export to China.  The Minnesota-based Syngenta claims Bunge violated federal and states laws and that the seed has been approved for shipment to other international markets. Bunge says the lawsuit could put a major export market at risk and until China approves the seed Bunge will stand by its decision.

(LeMars) -- The Plymouth County Board of Supervisors have approved a proposal that changes the configuration of the voting precincts and the supervisor districts.  As it stands right now, with the new adopted changes, Supervisors Don Kass and Mark Lousch would both be residing within the same district.  The new districts will go into effect in January of 2012.  The County Supervisors are also asking for bids from 14 different contractors to perform the work on the approved new parking lot to be located between the courthouse and the annex. 

(SIOUX CITY, Iowa)  Motorists traveling southbound on Interstate 29 in the Sioux City area will experience a shift in traffic patterns due to road construction work within the next 48 hours.  Traffic on southbound I-29 between Hamilton Boulevard (exit 149) and Iowa 12/Riverside Boulevard (exit 151) will be moved onto newly constructed lanes by Wednesday.  The remainder of this project is expected to be completed by Nov. 11.

(Orange City) -- Recent graduates of Northwestern College's athletic training and nursing programs have posted board exam pass rates that exceed national averages.  Northwestern's 2011 athletic training majors had an 83 percent first-time pass rate and a 100 percent pass rate overall on the Board of Certification exam.  The national average first-time pass rate is 60.7 percent.  Likewise, a similar story is being told from the nursing curriculum.  Northwestern's 2011 nursing majors posted a 95.2 percent first-time pass rate on the Board of Nursing exam.  The national average is 91.4 percent.

(Spencer) -- The Iowa Lakes Cooridor Development Corporation has released its findings from the latest Existing Industry Cell program.  The E-I-C program consists of in-depth interviews with existing employers in the four-county region serving Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties.  Of the 26 companies interviewed this year, half of them plan to expand their facilities in the next three years which would create an estimated 103 jobs and invest approximately $47.1 million.  Another true indicator of a healthy business climate is the growth in product and service offerings by existing industries.   Eighty-five percent of the 26 companies have introduced new products, services or capabilities in the last five years, and 85 percent anticipate new products or services in the next two years.  The 26 companies that were interviewed employ over 3,500 people.

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