MF Global owes farmers at least $100 million

Reuters reports the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has set up a $100 million fund to help farmers and ranchers who lost money after the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global. Many farmers and agricultural businesses in Minnesota saw their accounts frozen after the firm suddenly went belly-up.
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Reuters reports the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has set up a $100 million fund to help farmers and ranchers who lost money after the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global. Many farmers and agricultural businesses in Minnesota saw their accounts frozen after the firm suddenly went belly-up.

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