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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: February 21, 2017
Winter wheat area wx | Spring wx outlook | US Spring temperature outlook, ag concerns | California wx | California reservoir replenishment | Careers in agriculture | Dairy production continues to grow | US wheat acreage may decline over next decade | US cotton market over the next decade Read More --2/21/2017 6:17 PM
Indonesia Appeals WTO Ruling on Agricultural Product Trade Restrictions
US, New Zealand filed WTO dispute Read More --2/21/2017 5:05 PM
USDA Grain Inspections: Corn Inspections Stay Solid--2/21/2017 10:51 AM Read More
Markets, Budget and Economy News Briefs: February 21, 2017--2/21/2017 9:49 AM Read More
Politics and Elections News Briefs: February 21, 2017--2/21/2017 9:36 AM Read More
Energy News Briefs: February 21, 2017--2/21/2017 9:22 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: February 21, 2017--2/21/2017 8:58 AM Read More
Food & Food Industry News Briefs: February 21, 2017--2/21/2017 8:39 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: February 21, 2017 - AM--2/21/2017 7:00 AM Read More
NWS Short-Term Outlook: February 21-23, 2017--2/21/2017 6:21 AM Read More
Transportation & Logistics Media Watch: February 21, 2017--2/21/2017 6:12 AM Read More
Sen. Manchin Links USTR Nominee Support to Coal Miner Benefits
Sen. Hatch says pension bill unlikely to move, cites cost Read More --2/21/2017 5:05 PM
Farmdoc Daily: 2017 Corn Prospects
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --2/21/2017 1:37 PM
ERS: US Per Capita Red Meat, Poultry, Fish Availability
Combined availability declined from 2007 through 2014 Read More --2/21/2017 1:24 PM
AGgregator: February 21, 2017
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --2/21/2017 12:57 PM
RFA weighs in on effort to boost E15 - 2/21/2017 3:39 PM
The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) is backing calls for a change in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to allow E15 (a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline) to be sold more easily year-round. Coming on the heels of several farm-state senators calling for a 1-psi RVP (Reid vapor pressure) waiver to E15 and other higher ethanol blends, RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen said, “The single most vexing issue facing the ethanol industry today is access to the consumer, access that has been denied by arcane rules from EPA that provide neither air quality or consumer price benefit." Plus the group is seeking other changes they maintain will have "an immediate impact in stimulating ethanol demand.”
Brazil poultry group: Bird flu causing gap in global poultry market - 2/21/2017 3:37 PM
Outbreaks of bird flu in various places around the globe have opened a gap of around 700,000 tonnes per year in the global poultry export market, according to the Brazilian poultry exporter association ABPA. The group made the observation as part of a event they organized in Sao Paulo with Brazilian government officials to prevent the disease from arriving in the country and to spur Brazilian poultry exports. France announced it was broadening its cull of ducks in southwest France while South Korea said it had the first discovery in more than 40 days of bird flu in one province.
PMI manufacturing index dips in February - 2/21/2017 3:36 PM
The Markit PMI manufacturing index flash reading came in at 54.3, down from 55.1 in January. While still solidly in positive territory, it signals a potential slowdown on the manufacturing side. While domestic orders remains solid, the export orders side was weaker.
USDA corrects: daily export sales: Corn to Japan; corn & wheat to unknown destinations - 2/21/2017 4:13 PM
-- USDA corrects, provides details on wheat purchases -- Private exporters reported the following activity to USDA: Export sales of 269,296 tonnes of US corn to Japan (104,704 tonnes for 2016/17 and 164,592 tonnes for 2017/18); export sales of 111,200 tonnes of US corn to unknown destinations for 2016/17; and 138,650 tonnes of wheat for delivery to unknown destinations. Of the total 44,100 tonnes of hard red winter, 22,450 tonnes of hard red spring wheat, 23,700 tonnes of white wheat, and 2,400 tonnes of durum wheat is for 2016/17, and 22,200 tonnes of hard red winter wheat, 11,200 tonnes of hard red spring wheat, and 12,600 tonnes of white wheat is for 2017/18. The activity was reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
White House mulls altering trade deficit calculation - 2/21/2017 4:55 AM
The shift on counting exports would make the US trade gap appear larger than it had in past years, which could give the administration ammunition in arguing that trade deals need to be renegotiated, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Kraft Heinz withdraws $143 billion offer for Unilever - 2/21/2017 4:54 AM
Kraft Heinz has withdrawn its $143 billion offer for Unilever after the Anglo-Dutch CEO warned board members and investors against the deal. In a brief statement Sunday, Kraft said it “has amicably agreed to withdraw its proposal.” A Kraft spokesman said the company’s intention was to proceed on a friendly basis, and that its interest was made public at “an extremely early stage.” After Unilever made clear it did not want to pursue a tie-up, “it was best to step away early so both companies can focus on their own independent plans to generate value,” the spokesman said. The news came as UK Prime Minister Theresa May ordered her top officials to examine Kraft Heinz’s proposed takeover of Unilever to see if it raises concerns for the wider British economy and merits government intervention, the Financial Times reported.
Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to head EPA - 2/17/2017 12:27 PM
The Senate confirmed, 52-46, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to become President Trump's administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. The vote was held amid an intensified campaign by Democratic lawmakers to stall the vote. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said "enough is enough" to the Democratic opposition on the floor ahead of the vote. He said confirming Trump's Cabinet has taken the "longest" amount of time "since George Washington," which he said should not be seen as a record of pride for the minority party. McConnell said the delaying tactics "won't change the outcome of the election last November," but instead are keeping the government from serving the American people.
ObamaCare replacement - 2/17/2017 10:15 AM
Republicans are considering capping the US’ tax break on job-provided health insurance, a major change to the tax system that could be used to finance their efforts to repeal and replace ObamaCare. House Republicans plan to put forward a full health-care proposal when lawmakers return to Washington after next week’s break, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said during a press conference after members of his party met yesterday to talk over their policy options on health care. Such a plan will also likely include broad changes to Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor. Republicans have promised to repeal ObamaCare and replace it with their own policies.
Hurdles continue regarding border adjusted tax proposal - 2/17/2017 9:51 AM
Soon after House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) roundly affirmed his tax-overhaul plan yesterday, the influential conservative group Americans for Prosperity announced a grassroots campaign against it and a Senate leader said a key part of the proposal is “on life support.” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) was diagnosing Ryan’s plan to replace the US corporate income tax with a new, border-adjusted levy on US companies’ imports. The proposal has stirred sharp divisions among businesses: Retailers, automakers and oil refiners that rely on imported goods and materials oppose it, while export-heavy manufacturers support it.
Pesticide bills get quick approval by House Agriculture panel - 2/17/2017 9:19 AM
Two pesticide-related bills sailed through the House Agriculture Committee as farm-state lawmakers hailed the legislation for easing burdens on growers. The panel passed both bills by voice vote in the first 10 minutes of the meeting, which preceded a hearing on the federal nutrition assistance program. One measure would reauthorize the 2003 Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which authorizes the EPA to collect fees from industry to license pesticides and review the safety of the chemicals.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
Holiday-shortened week ahead Read More --2/21/2017 10:34 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Inflation rising | Yellen views | Housing continues to strengthen Read More --2/17/2017 2:32 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--2/10/2017 2:15 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Voices--2/9/2017 3:29 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Credit Data--2/8/2017 10:25 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--2/6/2017 3:36 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC--2/2/2017 4:19 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC--2/1/2017 12:04 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – PCE Data--2/1/2017 6:56 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/30/2017 10:53 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--1/27/2017 3:29 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Faces March Challenge
Strengthening economy vs fiscal policy uncertainties Read More --2/16/2017 2:39 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Dissecting CPI
Energy prices produce a bigger than expected reading Read More --2/16/2017 5:15 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Seemingly Unflappable Janet Yellen
Fed chief sticks to her message in wide-ranging Q&As with lawmakers Read More --2/14/2017 4:02 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Yellen is the focus Read More --2/14/2017 2:26 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: 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: 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: Apr. 26, 2016--4/26/2016 3:01 PM Read More
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
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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
March corn closes lower for the week after trading a high of $3.80 Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean futures erase most of last week’s gain with late-week selling Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --2/19/2017 8:07 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--2/19/2017 8:00 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--2/19/2017 8:00 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--2/19/2017 8:00 AM Read More
Weekly Dairy Update--2/19/2017 8:02 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures post losses but crop-year lows likely in Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Another week of fresh contract lows as futures continue to move lower Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Retail sales are supportive Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --2/19/2017 8:14 AM