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Issue Monitor
Informa Economics, Inc. the world leader in broad-based domestic and international agricultural and commodity and product market research, analysis, evaluation and consulting has developed a web-based tool that combines our highly valued consulting analysis with our well-respected policy news service...The Informa Economics Issue Monitor.

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USDA Radio Newsline: December 5, 2016
US dairy exports in 2017 | Upcoming USDA crop reports | Aquaponics for food production | Aquaponics explained Read More --12/5/2016 6:00 PM
CFTC Reproposes Position-Limit Rule
Agency releases proposal as regulator is in 'transition' Read More --12/5/2016 4:02 PM
ERS: Employment Grows in Three Out of Five Rural Counties--12/5/2016 2:08 PM Read More
CR and WRDA on Tap in Congress This Week--12/5/2016 1:20 PM Read More
AGgregator: December 5, 2016--12/5/2016 1:05 PM Read More
Transportation and Infrastructure News Briefs: December 5, 2016--12/5/2016 10:37 AM Read More
USDA Grain Inspections: Corn & Soybeans Above Expectations--12/5/2016 1:06 PM Read More
US-Mexico Sugar Agreements Remain Under Scrutiny --12/5/2016 9:50 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: December 5, 2016--12/5/2016 9:40 AM Read More
Energy News Briefs: December 5, 2016--12/5/2016 9:20 AM Read More
China to Add More Commodity Futures, Options Products: Regulator --12/5/2016 9:20 AM Read More
Final Results of Commerce Review of US-Mexico Sugar Deal to Come by Early April
Agency in process of gathering additional information to make the final determination Read More --12/5/2016 3:24 PM
EIA: Thanksgiving Holiday Causes Unique Electricity Usage Patterns
Patterns vary from typical week, weekend Read More --12/5/2016 2:54 PM
EPA Finds Coal-Export Terminal Environmental Impact Analysis Inadequate
Finding could bolster moves to block terminal at state level Read More --12/5/2016 2:32 PM
Farmdoc Daily: Hog Prices Join Corn and Wheat at Ten-Year Lows
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --12/5/2016 2:32 PM
NY Fed's Dudley: Trump plans could boost economy, prompt faster rate-rise response - 12/5/2016 1:23 PM
More fiscal stimulus under the incoming Trump administration could prompt the US economy to improve at a faster clip and could mean a faster pace of rate increases by the US central bank, according to New York Fed President William Dudley. However, Dudley told CNBC that the biggest issue is Trump's election injects uncertainty into the situation. "We don't know what the fiscal policy is, we don't know how big it is and we don't know when it's actually going to occur," Dudley said, echoing his prepared remarks delivered in New York earlier. "It's premature for us to take on board these market expectations because just don't know what it is yet. But if fiscal policy were to turn more expansive and that would lend support to economic activity, then probably the Federal Reserve would probably remove accommodation a little bit more quickly over time." If the economy stays on its current path, Dudley said he thinks measured increases in interest rates make the most sense.
Australia 2016/17 wheat crop poised for a record mark - 12/5/2016 1:21 PM
Near-ideal conditions are likely to translate into a 2016/17 Australian wheat crop of 32.64 million tonnes, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES). The expected crop level would be up more than 16 percent from 2015/16 and would beat the prior record of 29.6 million tonnes in 2011/12. Canola production is forecast at 3.58 million tonnes for 2016/17, down from a prior estimate of 3.63 million tonnes, ABARES said. The heavy rains in eastern Australia which are benefitting the wheat crop have trimmed the canola potential.
Brexit update - 12/5/2016 8:40 AM
Britain's Supreme Court will hear arguments over the next four days to decide whether Theresa May has the right to trigger Article 50 of the Brexit process without a parliamentary vote. All 11 Supreme Court justices will hear the case, so that there can be no accusations the court would have delivered a different decision if the panel had been constituted differently. A verdict is expected in January.
USDA daily export sales: Soybeans to China - 12/5/2016 8:11 AM
Private exporters reported to USDA export sales of 426,000 tonnes of US soybeans to China for 2016/17. The sales were reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
Trump picks Carson for HUD secretary - 12/5/2016 5:19 AM
President-elect Donald Trump early today announced his plans to nominate Dr. Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities,” Trump said in a statement.
Iowa Gov. Branstad frontrunner for ambassador to China: Bloomberg - 12/3/2016 2:06 PM
The frontrunner to be US ambassador to China is Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R), a longtime friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Bloomberg reported. A decision could come after Branstad meets with members of President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team in New York next week, said three people with knowledge of the matter. The news of Branstad's potential appointment comes after Trump abandoned almost four decades of diplomatic protocol on Friday by speaking directly with the leader of Taiwan – a move that upset China, which considers Taiwan a rouge province. Branstad is the longest-serving governor in US history. He was already scheduled to be in New York next week for issues related to Iowa economic development, his spokesman said. Now, meetings with Trump transition officials are expected to be added to that schedule.
White House: Not rushing through regulations - 12/2/2016 10:11 AM
The Obama administration is not rushing to put out “midnight regulations,” but it is finishing the regulatory work it started far in advance of the election, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “I can tell you that the regulatory work that's being done in this administration is not going to be characterized by a last-minute rush on the way out the door,” Earnest told reporters at the White House. “I think what it will be characterized by is a continuous and persistent effort to complete the work that's already been started.”
Howard Schultz to step down as Starbucks CEO - 12/2/2016 10:10 AM
Howard Schultz will step down next year as chief executive of Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee business. The move by Schultz, who has ties to President Obama and Hillary Clinton, is likely to renew speculation about whether he will enter politics.  Kevin Johnson, current COO of Starbucks, will replace Schultz, who will become executive chairman and focus on new high-end coffee shops. Johnson will assume the CEO position April 3.
Iran slams Senate vote to extend sanctions - 12/2/2016 9:20 AM
Iran has called the US Senate's vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for another decade a violation of the 2015 deal with six major powers that curbed its nuclear program and is threatening to retaliate. ISA was first adopted in 1996 to punish investments in Iran's energy industry and deter its pursuit of nuclear weapons. The extension was passed unanimously on Thursday.
Obama looks to block Chinese company from purchasing Aixtron - 12/2/2016 9:20 AM
President Obama is poised to block a Chinese company from buying Germany's Aixtron  because Northrop Grumman, a major US defense contractor, is among the chip equipment maker's customers. It would mark only the third time in more than a quarter century that the White House rejected an investment by an overseas buyer as a national security risk.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Blackout period ahead of FOMC arrives Read More --12/5/2016 9:45 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data
Keys for major economic update Read More --12/2/2016 6:34 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--11/25/2016 12:18 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC Minutes--11/23/2016 8:36 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Mortgage Rates & Home Buyers--11/22/2016 7:47 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--11/21/2016 8:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--11/18/2016 3:21 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch From Yellen--11/17/2016 5:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Shift in Views on Economy--11/16/2016 9:46 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--11/15/2016 4:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--11/11/2016 3:35 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Spending, Inflation and Oil
Consumers continue to hold up their end of the bargain Read More --12/1/2016 6:13 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through GDP
Keys that pushed the third quarter result up Read More --11/30/2016 8:53 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics IEG Forecasts
A new administration ahead Read More --11/29/2016 6:49 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Economic updates, Beige Book on tap Read More --11/28/2016 8:51 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: November 22, 2016
US fruit and vegetable trade situation | Methane emissions, sources, reduction strategies | Barriers along US border | Congressional Review Act | Infrastructure banks | Presidential transitions | Regulatory relief, banking sector | Water quality issues | Farm Bill | US-Mexico economic relations | Tax extenders | Congressional organizational meetings | Highway, public transportation funding Read More --11/22/2016 3:21 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: October 28, 2016
Clean Water Act summary | Section 32 farm and food support | Congress and the budget | Irrigation in agriculture | Fiscal 2017 continuing appropriations | Fiscal 2017 agriculture appropriations | Agricultural research | Conservation compliance, farm policy | Midnight rulemaking Read More --10/28/2016 2:23 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 9, 2016--8/9/2016 4:08 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: July 8, 2016--7/8/2016 3:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: June 15, 2016--6/16/2016 6:10 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 31, 2016--5/31/2016 5:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 11, 2016--5/11/2016 3:04 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 26, 2016--4/26/2016 3:01 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 11, 2016--4/11/2016 2:51 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 22, 2016--3/22/2016 4:16 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 7, 2016--3/7/2016 3:52 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: October 6, 2016
Grazing fees | Presidential transitions | SBA programs, funding | US peanut program | EPA CPP final rule overview | Army Corps - water resource authorizations, appropriations, activities Read More --10/6/2016 3:07 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 23, 2016
Fiscal 2017 defense funding in the CR | Financial CHOICE Act | TAA for workers | US international food aid | Sea level rise, US coasts | Immigration legislation | US farm income outlook | EPA's recent methane regulations | LWCF overview Read More --9/23/2016 3:14 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 9, 2016
LWCF appropriations for 'other purposes' | TAAF policy issues | Zika response funding | American agriculture and TPP | EPA's CEIP | Commodity Credit Corporation | Cuba travel, remittance restrictions Read More --9/9/2016 3:24 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 24, 2016
Interior, Environment Fiscal 2017 Appropriations | US trade with FTA partners |TAAF for farmers | CPP litigation background | Evolution of WOTUS meaning | TiSA negotiations, overview | Fracking overview | Implementing bills for trade agreements | CIFUS overview | RFS waiver authority, volume modifications Read More --8/24/2016 4:35 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures pressured this week following December options expiration Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean oil futures continue to rally following OPEC announcement Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Beef Outlook--12/4/2016 11:10 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--12/4/2016 11:10 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--12/4/2016 11:10 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--12/4/2016 11:09 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--11/27/2016 12:52 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--11/27/2016 12:48 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--11/27/2016 12:41 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--11/27/2016 12:22 PM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--11/27/2016 12:16 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Chicago, Kansas City secure March contract lows, Minneapolis gains Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Light trading volumes, minor price action for rice futures this week Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Export sales remain stable Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Transportation Update
Highlights of transportation and logistic issues Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM