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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.

This innovative new product aggregates the day’s agriculture, energy, trade, and economic news while adding the value of Informa Economics analytical expertise. 

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House Republican Leaders Cancel Vote on Obamacare Repeal
Major defeat for House GOP leaders, Trump administration Read More --3/24/2017 2:46 PM
Farmdoc Daily: Direct and Indirect Corn Exports
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --3/24/2017 1:22 PM
Transportation and Infrastructure News Briefs: March 24, 2017--3/24/2017 10:06 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: March 24, 2017--3/24/2017 9:57 AM Read More
Politics and Elections News Briefs: March 24, 2017--3/24/2017 9:43 AM Read More
Transportation & Logistics Media Watch: March 24, 2017--3/24/2017 9:26 AM Read More
Argentine Biodiesel Group Denies US Dumping Accusations--3/24/2017 9:46 AM Read More
House ObamaCare Replacement Vote Expected Today--3/24/2017 9:18 AM Read More
Markets, Budget and Economy News Briefs: March 24, 2017--3/24/2017 9:05 AM Read More
Mexico-US Sugar Officials to Meet in Talks Next Week--3/24/2017 8:53 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: March 24, 2017 - AM--3/24/2017 7:03 AM Read More
ERS: Farm Operator Share of Household Income from Farming
Operators of larger farms see greater share of income from farming Read More --3/24/2017 1:10 PM
US Weekly Oil Rig Count Up 21, Tenth Straight Week of Gains
Source: Baker Hughes Read More --3/24/2017 12:57 PM
AGgregator: March 24, 2017
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --3/24/2017 12:30 PM
USDA Maintains Food Price Outlook for 2017
Revisions within food-at-home areas include poultry & eggs, fruits and vegetables Read More --3/24/2017 10:39 AM
Trump administration issues Keystone XL pipeline permit - 3/24/2017 9:28 AM
Trump administration issued a permit authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline across the US border, reversing one of President Barack Obama's most politically charged decisions. TransCanada this morning announced it received the State Department permit. Now the company needs to receive approval of the pipeline's route through Nebraska, a process that could take several more months.
House Republicans postpone vote on health-care bill - 3/23/2017 4:10 PM
House Republicans postponed a Thursday vote on their proposal to overhaul ObamaCare, after last-minute negotiations and lobbying from President Donald Trump failed to garner majority support for the bill hours ahead of the planned vote in the chamber. House GOP leaders spent hours discussing possible changes being sought by competing factions in the party, one made of conservatives and the other of centrist Republicans. Aides said the vote would not happen Thursday. "Debate will commence tonight as planned and the vote will be in the morning to avoid voting at 3 am," a White House official told the Washington Examiner. "We feel this should be done in the light of day, not in the wee hours of the night and we are confident the bill will pass in the morning." Earlier in the day, conservative House Republicans rejected Trump’s offer to strip a key set of mandates from the nation’s current health-care law. The delay left the first major legislative effort by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Trump in doubt.
Yellen steers clear of monetary policy in remarks - 3/23/2017 3:45 PM
There is a compelling case that a "longer term" view needs to be taken on preparing people for success in the labor market, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said in opening keynote remarks at a Fed research conference on community development. Yellen did not make any monetary policy comments in addressing the group, but noted research that points to "the value of starting young to develop basic work habits and skills." New efforts are needed to also address the kind of actions that could help poor children succeed, she said, noting evidence growing up poor makes it harder to succeed as an adult.
Economic data updates - 3/23/2017 3:45 PM
Initial jobless claims for the week ended March 18 rose to 258,000, a 15,000-increase from the prior week and well above expectations for a level of 240,000 new claims. New Home Sales in February were reported at 592,000 units on an annualized basis, up 6.1 percent and well above expectations for a rate of 565,000 units. The supply of homes on the market also increased slightly, rising to 266,000 currently on the market, up 4,000 units. However, level represented a 5.4 months' supply, down from 5.6 months in the January update.
Brazil's Maggi: Police exaggerated report on meat industry - 3/23/2017 3:45 PM
Brazil has continued to ship out meat, Brazilian Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi told reporters in a conference call, stating that the policy investigation was exaggerated and has spooked consumers. Maggi reiterated there is no quality concerns on Brazilian beef and stated that individuals involved in the industry – not the industry itself – were under investigation. He said there are 5,000 containers of meat currently being exported and there have been no sanitary problems found in exports to 150 countries.
Russian 2017/18 grain exports seen falling from 2016/17: SovEcon - 3/23/2017 3:45 PM
More competition from Ukraine and France combined with lower grain output in 2017/18 will temper Russian grain exports, according to the consulting firm SovEcon. Russia's 2017/18 grain crop is now put at 109.5 million tonnes, down from a prior expectation of 112.5 million tonnes, the group told a conference, and it expects grain exports to be 34.5 million tonnes compared to 36.3 million tonnes this year.
State Department to approve Keystone XL pipeline soon - 3/23/2017 11:16 AM
The State Department could approve the permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline as soon as Monday, according to the company building the project. TransCanada re-submitted its permit application with the State Department on January 26 to build the segment of the nearly 1,200-mile crude oil pipeline that crosses the border from Canada. A company spokesman said they anticipate approval as the end of President Trump's deadline for approving the project draws to a close early next week or sooner.
Costco home grocery delivery efforts - 3/22/2017 11:30 AM
Costco is ramping up its home grocery delivery efforts by teaming up with a third-party service. Shipt will launch the new offering in Tampa, Florida, with plans to move into 50 markets and more than 30 million households by the end of 2017. The online service requires a membership, which costs $99 per year for unlimited delivery, but a Costco card will not be required to purchase items through the app.
Puzder to step down as CEO of CKE Restaurants - 3/22/2017 11:30 AM
CKE Restaurants CEO Andy Puzder, who made an unsuccessful bid to become US Labor Secretary earlier this year, said he will step down as leader of the fast-food chain. The move follows Puzder’s controversial stint as a Trump administration cabinet nominee. After he was nominated in December to run the Labor Department, he faced allegations that he abused his first wife, along with complaints about how workers were treated at CKE’s Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants.
SEC mulls change to settlement cycle rules - 3/22/2017 9:29 AM
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will hold a meeting today to vote on rules shortening the amount of time it takes for a securities trade to settle from three to two business days. Wall Street and consumer groups are largely supportive of the effort, as it reduces credit and market risk exposure. The current SEC settlement cycle has not been updated since 1993.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Policy linkages | Fed voices | Yellen can still not make news | Durable goods still erratic | Housing data Read More --3/24/2017 2:47 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Data Signals
Pending sales accurately forecast sales, but price index a surprise Read More --3/22/2017 4:59 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch From the Fed--3/15/2017 5:40 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Small Businesses Optimistic--3/14/2017 4:25 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--3/13/2017 10:09 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--3/10/2017 2:14 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ECB's Draghi Changes Tune, Slightly--3/9/2017 3:42 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ADP Jobs Data Surprise--3/8/2017 8:57 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics IEG Forecasts--3/7/2017 3:39 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--3/6/2017 9:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--3/3/2017 4:10 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Hawks Speak
But one may be changing her tune Read More --3/21/2017 4:22 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Lots of Fed speakers Read More --3/20/2017 10:38 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Inflation updates paint differing pictures | Fed hikes rates, but less hawkish | Fiscal policy remains a potential key Read More --3/17/2017 3:18 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC
Shifts not many from prior statements but less hawkish tone struck Read More --3/17/2017 5:59 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: February 24, 2017
US sanctions on Russia, economic implications | Japan-US relations | US farm income outlook for 2017 | Farm Bill | Farm Bill programs without budget baseline beyond Fiscal 2018 | Cuba sanctions | Major agricultural trade issues Read More --2/24/2017 2:57 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: February 3, 2017
US border barriers | Trade deficit, oil price impact | Water sector energy use | Child nutrition reauthorization | Clean Air Act issues | Defining industrial hemp | Executive authority to exclude aliens | Cuba issues | US farm program eligibility, payment limits | Invasive species laws, agencies | Water resource issues | Army corps national permit program | Stream Protection Rule | US-EU beef hormone dispute Read More --2/3/2017 5:43 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: October 6, 2016--10/6/2016 3:07 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 23, 2016--9/23/2016 3:14 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 9, 2016--9/9/2016 3:24 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 24, 2016--8/24/2016 4:35 PM Read More
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: January 12, 2017
TiSA negotiations | Wetlands issues overview | WOTUS rule | US-EU poultry dispute | China-US trade issues | Budget reconciliation process | Financing water infrastructure | EPA regulatory activity | US international corporate taxation | SNAP benefits | SNAP retailer standards update | Defining specialty crops | RFS waiver authority, volume modifications | Fiscal 2017 agricultural appropriations | Federal food safety system | FSMA implementation | 2016 US farm income outlook Read More --1/12/2017 1:09 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: December 16, 2016
Central Valley Project overview | Presidential trade authority | GSP, agricultural imports | US trade in services | Columbia River Treaty | US trade, fruits and vegetable products | Five-Year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program Read More --12/16/2016 2:29 PM
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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures feature slight recovery following last week’s setback Read More --3/20/2017 2:27 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Nearby soybean futures end week at psychologically important $10 level Read More --3/20/2017 2:27 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --3/20/2017 2:26 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--3/20/2017 2:26 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--3/20/2017 2:26 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--3/20/2017 2:26 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--3/20/2017 2:26 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--3/12/2017 11:47 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--3/12/2017 11:47 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--3/12/2017 11:47 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--3/12/2017 11:47 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures mostly trade sideways ahead of key weather season Read More --3/20/2017 2:26 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures settle higher for the week amid lower acreage prospects Read More --3/20/2017 2:26 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Informa Prospective Planting’s Number Released This Week Read More --3/20/2017 2:26 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --3/20/2017 2:26 AM