Sioux City plant project canceled

A Dallas company has canceled plans to build a nearly $31 million rail car maintenance facility in Sioux City, Iowa, that was expected to create 250 jobs. The Sioux City Journal reported that TrinityRail officials confirmed the news to city officials this month. When TrinityRail announced the Sioux City expansion in October 2014, a surge in tanker cars transporting crude oil and ethanol had raised demand for the company's services. But demand dropped sharply as prices for crude oil collapsed.

Fewer farms, ranches in Nebraska

The number of farms and ranches in Nebraska declined again last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the number fell 400 from 2014 to 48,700 in 2015. The average size of Nebraska farms rose by 7 acres to 928 acres.

Iowa won't get headquarters

Iowa has lost its bid for the corporate headquarters of the agricultural company to be formed from the DuPont-Dow Chemical merger. The Des Moines Register reported that DuPont and Dow said Friday that Wilmington, Delaware, will get the headquarters. The new company will retain strong presences in Johnston, Iowa, home to DuPont Pioneer, and Indianapolis, home to Dow Agrosciences.

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