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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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What Traders Are Talking About: April 27, 2017 - AM
Market factors for today's trading Read More --4/27/2017 7:02 AM
NWS Short-Term Outlook: April 27-29, 2017
Heavy rain possible in areas of the Southern Plains Read More --4/27/2017 6:27 AM
Transportation and Infrastructure News Briefs: April 26, 2017--4/26/2017 4:06 PM Read More
Trump Administration Unveils Some Tax Reform Details --4/26/2017 1:27 PM Read More
Trade Policy News Briefs: April 26, 2017--4/26/2017 12:45 PM Read More
Food & Food Industry News Briefs: April 26, 2017--4/26/2017 12:32 PM Read More
Ag News Briefs: April 26, 2017--4/26/2017 12:25 PM Read More
Trump Remarks on Potential Trade War with Canada--4/26/2017 12:12 PM Read More
Ross: Canada Lumber Duty is Part of Trade Enforcement Drive--4/26/2017 12:05 PM Read More
WOTUS Rule Lawsuits Could be Moot if EPA Reinstates Prior Rule--4/26/2017 11:56 AM Read More
Peterson Signals Possible Changes to Cotton, Dairy Language in Spending Bill--4/26/2017 11:49 AM Read More
The Day Ahead: April 27, 2017
What's on tap today Read More --4/27/2017 6:57 AM
USDA Radio Newsline: April 26, 2017
Retail beef prices still falling | California strawberry production | Farm use of drones increasing | Asian Long Horned Beetle | Spring asparagus Read More --4/26/2017 6:40 PM
ERS: Locally Sourced Food, Use in School Meals
Rural school districts less likely to use local food Read More --4/26/2017 6:33 PM
Farmdoc Daily: Acre Changes in Crops from 1991 to 2016
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --4/26/2017 6:24 PM
Freedom Caucus endorses revised GOP health-care plan - 4/26/2017 12:18 PM
The House Freedom Caucus has officially endorsed a revised Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, delivering a fresh burst of momentum to the GOP's efforts to revive its stalled health care effort. "While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs," the Freedom Caucus said in a statement. "We look forward to working with our Senate colleagues to improve the bill." The group of around 30 hard-line conservatives held out for weeks, scuttling a planned House vote on the bill last month after it became clear there was not enough Republican support to pass it. The group said it sees the new amendment, brokered by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and centrist Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.), as the best option short of fully repealing the 2010 law (ObamaCare).
Brexit update - 4/26/2017 10:29 AM
International banks are getting serious about moving to Frankfurt ahead of the UK's exit from the European Union, according to property brokers in Germany's financial capital. Estimates on the number of financial jobs London will lose post-Brexit range from 4,000 to 232,000. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier will be in the British capital today for their first talks with Minister Theresa May since she triggered the start of Brexit negotiations. Meanwhile, European bank executives told regulators they were taking too long to complete the post-crisis financial rulebook. Lenders are worried that by implementing the rules before there is consensus on them internationally, they could lose a competitive edge especially against banks in the US.
US begins missile defense deployment in South Korea - 4/26/2017 10:28 AM
The US military has started moving key parts of its controversial THAAD anti-missile defense system to a deployment site in South Korea. The move, which has angered North Korea, China and Russia, prompted protests by hundreds of local residents and was denounced by the frontrunner in South Korea's presidential election. Meanwhile,  President Trump is expected to stop by an all-senators briefing on North Korea at the White House this afternoon.
US rice industry makes trade trip to Mexico - 4/25/2017 1:22 PM
A 12-member delegation of US rice growers, millers, merchants and exporters are in Mexico City, Mexico, this week to reassure officials there about their commitment to their top export market, USA Rice reported. The group is being led by USA Rice Chair Brian King and USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward, and is holding meetings with the Mexican Rice Council. Mexico accepted 825,000 tonnes of US rice in 2016, and the US enjoys an almost 90 percent share of the market, the trade group noted.
North Korea put on a massive live-fire drill today to mark the foundation of its military - 4/25/2017 11:09 AM
With rising tensions, top Trump administration officials hold a rare briefing tomorrow at the White House for the entire US Senate. President Trump has called for new United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang. The Associated Press reported that South Korea's military said today that North Korea held major live-fire drills in an area around its eastern coastal town of Wonsan as it marked the anniversary of the founding of its military. The exercise took place as a US-guided missile submarine arrived in South Korea and envoys from the US, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo to discuss the growing threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons and missiles program. Though experts thought a nuclear test or ballistic missile launch might happen, the morning came and went without either. On Friday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will chair a special Security Council session on North Korea.
China indicts statistics head - 4/25/2017 11:03 AM
Bloomberg News reported that China has indicted Wang Baoan, former head of China’s National Bureau of Statistics, on suspicion of accepting bribes.
French far-right presidential candidate looks to broaden appeal - 4/25/2017 11:01 AM
French Presidential finalist Marine Le Pen is "taking a leave of absence" from her role as the leader of the National Front (NF), in an attempt to broaden her appeal before the next round of voting. "I will feel more free and above all, above party politics," she told France 2. Le Pen is still backed by NF, which wants to slash immigration, clamp down on trade, and overturn France's relationship with the EU.
Senate panel unanimously clears USTR-nominee Lighthizer - 4/25/2017 10:19 AM
The Senate Finance Committee voted 26-0 today to back the nomination of Robert Lighthizer to be US Trade Representative. The panel also voted unanimously to approve a waiver that is needed to allow Lighthizer to serve, on account of his past work on behalf of foreign governments. Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said he hoped the full Senate would be able to vote soon on the nomination. But the timing is still tied to the fate of a miners' benefits bill that Democrats are demanding also be approved.
Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue confirmed as USDA Secretary - 4/24/2017 6:04 PM
Approval of former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue (R) to serve as USDA Secretary was secured on today in the Senate by a vote of 87-11. His successful confirmation vote was expected. Senators voting not to confirm Perdue included Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
ITC votes to advance China foil subsidy investigation - 4/24/2017 4:26 PM
Affirmative preliminary rulings were made by the International Trade Commission (ITC) that advance dumping and anti-subsidy probes targeting aluminum foil from China, according to a notice on the ITC's website. The ITC 5-0 vote on April 21 means the Commerce Department will continue investigating the level of dumping and subsidies. The Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group, a coalition of domestic producers, requested the investigations. The US producers allege that the Chinese government uses 26 subsidy programs to provide financial incentives to Chinese producers that violate international trade standards and agreements. The cases are in early stages, and countervailing duties could result but only if Commerce finds dumping and or subsidies and if the ITC finds a causal link between the dumped or subsidized imports and harm to the US industry.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
More housing data & key US economic reading ahead Read More --4/24/2017 8:15 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Balance sheet in focus | Housing data surprises | IMF's cautious view Read More --4/21/2017 3:29 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--4/13/2017 2:41 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Trump Talks Fed--4/12/2017 4:35 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Challenges Ahead--4/11/2017 3:25 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--4/10/2017 3:03 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--4/7/2017 4:20 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through FOMC Minutes--4/6/2017 11:06 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Trade Data--4/4/2017 9:10 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--4/3/2017 2:31 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--3/31/2017 4:19 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Fed's Balance Sheet
Views shaping up on the Fed Read More --4/20/2017 3:37 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Beige Book Ahead
What the snapshot holds for Fed policy Read More --4/19/2017 9:32 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – IMF View of the World
Cautious optimism Read More --4/19/2017 5:42 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Data, Fed focus continues Read More --4/17/2017 10:13 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 21, 2017
US-UK free trade agreement | NASS, crop production forecasts | WIC primer | DOT Fiscal 2017 appropriations | Water infrastructure funding | US climate change regulation and litigation | Safe Drinking Water Act | Geographic indications, TTIP Read More --4/21/2017 4:14 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 27, 2017
Tax deductions for individuals | US Census issues for 2020 | EPA policies on integrated planning, affordability of water infrastructure | Hemp as an agricultural commodity | Marijuana policy | US-Mexico water sharing | Safe Drinking Water Act requirements | Overview of recent tax reform proposals | USDA broadband loan, grant programs | Army Corps of Engineers water resource authorizations, appropriations, activities | North American Free Trade Agreement Read More --3/27/2017 5:00 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: November 22, 2016--11/22/2016 3:21 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: October 28, 2016--10/28/2016 2:23 PM Read More
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: 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: 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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
May corn trades to its lowest level since the end of March Read More --4/22/2017 10:27 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Oil/meal spreading drives product futures, but soybean futures little changed Read More --4/22/2017 10:27 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --4/22/2017 9:58 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--4/22/2017 9:35 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--4/22/2017 9:32 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--4/22/2017 9:32 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--4/22/2017 9:32 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--4/16/2017 8:06 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--4/16/2017 8:06 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--4/16/2017 8:06 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--4/16/2017 8:06 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures turn sharply lower Thursday as conditions remain mostly favorable Read More --4/22/2017 10:27 AM
Weekly Rice Update
US rice futures break through nearby resistance at $10 due to weak sales Read More --4/22/2017 10:27 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Export sales/shipments remain strong Read More --4/22/2017 10:27 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --4/22/2017 10:27 AM