LIVESTOCK-Cattle futures mixed, hogs mixed ahead of USDA reports

By Mark Weinraub
CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - U.S. live cattle futures were
mixed on Friday, with the front-month contract firming slightly
while deferreds eased as traders staked out positions ahead of
the U.S. government's closely watched inventory and cattle on
feed reports.
Pre-report positioning also was noted in fed cattle and hog
contracts, with both of those markets easing slightly. Lean hog
futures hit fresh contract lows during the session but closed
above those levels.

UPDATE 1-Over sorghum salad, U.S. farmers and Chinese buyers chew on trade

(Adds details on trade mission, photo)

By Michael Hirtzer and Tom Polansek

CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - Chinese importers of the
livestock feed sorghum feasted on tabbouleh salad and chipotle
tortillas made with the U.S. grain at a Texas barbecue this
week, as farmers try to woo buyers in the middle of an
escalating U.S.-China trade war.

UPDATE 1-U.S. EPA wrongly denied biofuel waiver for W.Virginia refinery -court

(Adds details on case and company comment)

By Jarrett Renshaw

July 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
must reconsider its denial of small West Virginia refinery
Ergon's application for an exemption from U.S. biofuel laws
after it relied on an "error-riddled" analysis, an appeals court
ruled on Friday.

Tornado shuts JBS pork packing plant in Marshalltown, Iowa

CHICAGO, July 20 (Reuters) - JBS USA
halted production at its Marshalltown, Iowa, pork processing
plant on Friday after a tornado damaged the facility late
Thursday, the company said.

"We are not running the plant today as we assess the damage
and allow our team members time to tend to their families and
personal concerns," JBS spokesman Cameron Bruett said in emailed
statement on Friday. No injuries were reported, he said.