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OCT 05, 2013 - Yahoo! News

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U.S. government shutdown forces Cargill, Smithfield to change hog pricing

By Alyce Hinton CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. meat packers Smithfield Foods Inc and Cargill Inc said they will change the methods they use to determine what price to pay for hogs on Monday because of the partial U.S. government shutdown. The companies typically use data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service to determine the cash value for hogs. However, USDA market prices have been suspended due to the government shutdown that began on October 1. Smithfield, the largest U.S. ...

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