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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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CPC Keeps La Niña-Like Patterns in Extended Outlooks
Drought improvement also expected for parts of Plains HRW wheat country Read More --1/19/2017 2:55 PM
US Businesses in China Support Tougher Action on Trade, Investment Issues
Cite difficult business environment in China Read More --1/19/2017 2:55 PM
Ag News Briefs: January 19, 2017--1/19/2017 9:15 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: January 19, 2017 - AM--1/19/2017 7:38 AM Read More
NWS Short-Term Outlook: January 19-21, 2017--1/19/2017 7:16 AM Read More
The Day Ahead: January 19, 2017--1/19/2017 7:40 AM Read More
UPDATE: Trump Selects Sonny Perdue to Lead USDA--1/19/2017 11:07 AM Read More
USDA Radio Newsline: January 18, 2017--1/18/2017 5:30 PM Read More
Fed's Yellen Sticks to Fundamentals of Monetary Policy in Remarks--1/18/2017 4:00 PM Read More
NPPC: Another ‘Midnight’ Regulation Dumped on Farmers--1/18/2017 4:06 PM Read More
NGFA Stresses Importance of Engaging With Trading Partners--1/18/2017 4:02 PM Read More
Commerce Says Chinese Fertilizer was Dumped in US
Imports now a step closer to trade remedy duties Read More --1/19/2017 2:49 PM
AGgregator: January 19, 2017
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --1/19/2017 12:44 PM
Ag Panel Leaders React to Trump Pick of Perdue as USDA Chief
Senate Ag Chair Roberts | House Ag Chair Conaway | House Ag Ranking Member Peterson Read More --1/19/2017 11:04 AM
Outgoing Canadian Pacific CEO and Activist Investor to Target CSX
Looking to shake up management at company Read More --1/19/2017 9:32 AM
Housing starts beat expectations - 1/19/2017 2:49 PM
Housing starts were at an annual rate of 1.226 million units in December, above expectations and up 11.3 percent from November. But the increase was focused on multi-unit starts as they were up 57 percent against a 4-percent decline for single-family units. Permits edged down to 1.210 million units from 1.212 million in November. But single-family permits were up nearly 5 percent.
IEA confirms OPEC output decline, but US inventory data limits gains - 1/19/2017 2:42 PM
OPEC crude oil output fell to 33.09 million barrels per day (bpd) in December, down 320,000 bpd compared to November, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). That helped support crude oil futures initially, but US government inventory data moved futures off their highs. Domestic crude stockpiles rose 2.3 million barrels for the week ended January 13,  according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). The expectation was for a decline of around 900,000 barrels. Gasoline supplies also climbed by 6 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles fell by 1 million barrels, according to EIA.
Grain exchange trims Argentine soybean planting forecast - 1/19/2017 2:42 PM
Argentine soybean plantings are now forecast at 19.2 million hectares for 2016/17, down from a prior outlook of 19.3 million hectares, according to the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange. The exchange cited "extreme weather" for the downward revision.
IGC ups 2016/17 global grain, wheat production; offers initial view on 2017/18 wheat - 1/19/2017 2:42 PM
Global grain production for 2016/17 is now forecast at 2.094 billion tonnes, up 10 million  tonnes, with higher supplies boosting expected consumption. "The resulting rise in world supplies is largely channeled to an increased projection for consumption," the International Grains Council  (IGC) said, detailing it expects global grain consumption at 2.062 billion tonnes, up 6 million tonnes from their prior mark. World corn production is seen at a record 1.045 billion tonnes, up 3 million tonnes from their prior outlook. For 2017/18 wheat prospects, the IGC expects production of 735 million tonnes, down from 752 million tonnes in 2016/17. It noted winter wheat prospects "remain broadly favorable across the Northern Hemisphere, with concerns about dry and occasionally chilly weather mainly confined to parts of the US and Europe." While not detailing a forecast level of ending stocks for 2017/18, IGC said there would be "only a small contraction." 
USDA daily export sales: Corn to unknown destinations - 1/19/2017 8:04 AM
Private exporters reported to USDA export sales of 110,400 tonnes of US corn to unknown destinations for 2016/17. The sales were reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
Klobuchar seeks assurances on merger reviews under Trump - 1/19/2017 2:17 AM
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) sent a letter to Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) asking him to explain how he would guard against White House intervention in antitrust cases. The letter to Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, said recent meetings between Trump and corporate executives involved in high-profile merger deals underscore the importance of ensuring integrity and independence of the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division. Trump has met with CEOs of Monsanto and Bayer, which announced $66 billion merger deal last year. Trump also has met with CEO of AT&T, although the company has said its $85.4 billion bid for Time Warner did not come up. “Even the appearance of inappropriate interference could irrevocably undermine the legitimacy of antitrust enforcement,” Klobuchar said in the letter. Link to letter.
Trump EPA pick vows to honor Congress intent on RFS mandates - 1/19/2017 2:09 AM
Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, vowed to “honor the intent” of Congress in requiring refiners to blend biofuel into the nation’s gasoline and diesel supply. “It’s not the job of the administrator of the EPA to do anything other than administer the program according to the intent of Congress, and I commit to you to do so,” Pruitt said at his confirmation hearing Wednesday. Trump adviser and activist investor Carl Icahn has pressed EPA to change the way the program is structured, pushing the compliance burden away from refiners toward fuel blenders. Waivers used to lower annual quotas below congressional targets should be used “judiciously,” Pruitt said.
USDA will not include new Georgia Poultry Index in market reports - 1/19/2017 2:39 AM
“There are currently no plans to include data from the Georgia Premium Poultry Price Index in USDA Market News reports,” a USDA spokesman said. USDA, which is committed to providing “transparent and reliable data” through its Market News service, on October 7 enhanced its national whole broiler-fryer report. USDA discontinued including reports based on Georgia Dock on August 5.
Senate panel approves James Mattis to be next Defense Secretary - 1/18/2017 1:49 PM
The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday cleared one of the final hurdles for retired General James Mattis to become Defense Secretary shortly after President-elect Donald Trump takes office. The committee voted 26-1 that the full Senate should approve the nomination once it is received, meaning it will not have to be referred to the committee and can be approved by the full Senate as soon as the next president sends it to Capitol Hill, according to a committee press release.
2016 was hottest year yet: reports - 1/18/2017 4:53 PM
Global temperatures soared above the 20th century average last year, as the climate continues to change. The planet has now had three consecutive years of record-breaking heat. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in its annual State of the Climate report, says it hasn't been this hot since scientists started tracking global temperatures in 1880. A separate analysis, by NASA scientists, came to the same conclusion. Link to report.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Officials See Upside Risks
Growing number of Fed officials are backing forecast rate rises Read More --1/18/2017 2:42 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Two Yellen appearances highlight for holiday-shortened week. Read More --1/17/2017 9:12 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data--1/6/2017 5:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through The FOMC--1/5/2017 11:04 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in FOMC Minutes--1/4/2017 11:58 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/3/2017 3:21 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Year--12/30/2016 3:05 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Challenges Remain--12/29/2016 3:48 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Credit/Debit Card Use Still Rising--12/28/2016 10:53 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--12/27/2016 8:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--12/23/2016 8:23 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Consumer attitudes and actions are different | Fed views and more Read More --1/13/2017 2:41 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Officials' Views
More unified but maybe still not unanimous Fed Read More --1/12/2017 9:31 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumers in a Spending Mood
Consumer credit data raises hopes for stepped-up consumer action but also concerns Read More --1/10/2017 11:47 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Fed officials back on the scheduled along with initial inflation, consumer activity updates for Dec. Read More --1/9/2017 9:46 AM
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: 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: Apr. 11, 2016--4/11/2016 2:51 PM Read More
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
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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
US corn carryout forecast still reflects bearish fundamentals Read More --1/16/2017 10:57 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
USDA report rally lifts soybean futures to largest weekly gain since June Read More --1/16/2017 10:54 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --1/16/2017 10:36 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--1/16/2017 10:36 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--1/16/2017 10:36 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--1/16/2017 10:36 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--1/16/2017 10:36 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--1/7/2017 11:55 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--1/7/2017 11:55 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--1/7/2017 11:55 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--1/7/2017 11:55 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
USDA’s reports help carry wheat higher through Thursday Read More --1/16/2017 10:51 AM
Weekly Rice Update
March contract posts largest daily gains over contract life with USDA reports Read More --1/16/2017 10:51 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
January USDA reports provide surprises Read More --1/16/2017 10:44 AM
Sugar Update
Highlights of US sugar market Read More --1/16/2017 10:42 AM