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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: October 27, 2016
Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership Program | Promoting wood product innovation | La Nina impacts for Southern US agriculture | La Nina impacts for Northern US agriculture | World Series wx forecast Read More --10/27/2016 5:45 PM
White House Remains Optimistic on Trade Deals
Prospects still look very negative for TPP, TTIP Read More --10/27/2016 4:22 PM
AGgregator: October 27, 2016--10/27/2016 1:20 PM Read More
Trade Policy News Briefs: October 27, 2016--10/27/2016 9:33 AM Read More
Energy News Briefs: October 27, 2016--10/27/2016 9:19 AM Read More
Conservative Republicans Step Up Opposition to Extending Energy Tax Credits--10/27/2016 10:00 AM Read More
USDA Weekly Export Sales: Another 2 MMT Soybean Sales--10/27/2016 8:57 AM Read More
Markets, Budget and Economy News Briefs: October 27, 2016--10/27/2016 8:53 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: October 27, 2016--10/27/2016 8:31 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: October 27, 2016 - AM--10/27/2016 6:54 AM Read More
Transportation & Logistics Media Watch: October 27, 2016--10/27/2016 6:31 AM Read More
Conspiracy Seen by GOP Committee Chair in EPA Glyphosate Review Delays
Final decision on glyphosate safety not expected until next administration Read More --10/27/2016 3:49 PM
EIA: Low Tanker Rates Boosting Long-Distance Crude Oil, Petroleum Product Trade
Higher crude oil production, inventories increasing transportation needs Read More --10/27/2016 3:29 PM
ERS: Availability of Refined Sugars Has Been Higher Than Corn Sweeteners Since 2011
Shifting preferences among consumers, food manufacturers cited Read More --10/27/2016 1:36 PM
Big Oil Companies Stand to Gain Financial Boost from RIN Sales
Smaller refiners see burden from rules Read More --10/27/2016 2:04 PM
Smithfield Foods to close Tar Heel, NC, plant Thursday & Friday - 10/27/2016 2:31 PM
"Operational issues" following Hurricane Matthew are prompting Smithfield Foods to close the facility Thursday and Friday (October 27 & 28), the company announced. However, they plan to resume normal operations at the facility, the largest in the country, on October 31.
Economic data recap: Durable Goods, Jobless Claims & Pending Home Sales - 10/27/2016 2:31 PM
Sales of big-ticket items fell 0.1 percent in September, under expectations for a 0.2 percent rise, according to the Durable Goods Orders update. However, the data were impacted by a 45-percent fall in defense aircraft orders. Initial Jobless Claims for the week ended October 23 declined to 258,000, down 3,000 from the prior week and above expectations. Meanwhile, the September Pending Home Sales Index was at 1.5 percent, above expectations and marked the strongest advance since April. Taken together, the data continue present a somewhat mixed view of the US economy.
IGC raises world corn, wheat & soybean crop pegs - 10/27/2016 2:16 PM
World corn production in 2016/17 is forecast at a record 1.035 billion tonnes by the International Grains Council, up 8 million tonnes from its prior forecast. The increase came on a rise in US, Argentine and India production figures. "With new highs for maize and wheat, grains production in 2016/17 is expected to be a record," the IGC said. World wheat output is now put at a record 748 million tonnes by the IGC, up 1 million tonnes from their prior outlook, with soybean production now seen 3 million tonnes higher at 332 million tonnes.
Panama Canal Authority chief not worried about competition, anti-trade rhetoric - 10/27/2016 12:02 PM
Jorge Quijano, the chief executive of the Panama Canal Authority, told the Wall Street Journal that he expects the canal’s revenues to grow strongly in the coming 12 months on cargo volume gains of 10 to 12 percent as the shipping industry emerges from a deep downturn. The canal is in position to gain after its $5.4 billion expansion gave Panama the ability to handle far larger container ships. It also prompted more direct competition with the Suez Canal, which is offering toll discounts to carriers for advance bookings. Quijano said he is not interested in matching that proposal, and is not concerned that the flurry of populist anger over trade during the US presidential campaign will dim growth prospects. Once the dust settles, he says, “we expect consumers will start buying again.”
Japan’s rapidly aging population reached a new milestone last year - 10/27/2016 8:45 AM
There are now more people aged 75 or older than there are 14 years old or younger. Data also reveal one-sixth of people over 65 live alone and the number of elderly people who die on their own is rising, according to the Nikkei Asian Review.  The internal affairs ministry announced the final results of its 2015 population survey Wednesday. The overall population, including foreigners staying in Japan for at least three months, came to a little over 127 million as of October 1, 2015, down about 960,000 from the 2010 figure. This marks the first overall decline since the quinquennial survey began in 1920. The Japanese-only population, which had already decreased in the 2010 census, came to around 124 million, down 1.07 million. Seniors aged 75 and up totaled 16.12 million, nearly one-eighth of the population. Children aged 14 or younger numbered 15.88 million. The number of births was not enough to offset deaths.
USDA daily export sales: Soybeans to China, unk. dest.; sorghum to China - 10/27/2016 8:00 AM
Private exporters reported to USDA export sales of 129,000 tonnes of US soybeans to unknown destinations and 396,000 tonnes of US soybeans to China for 2016/17 and 204,000 tonnes of US grain sorghum to China for 2016/17. The sales were reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
IRS announces 2017 inflation adjustments - 10/26/2016 6:31 AM
US tax brackets and other details of the tax system will be little changed in 2017 because of continued low inflation, the Internal Revenue Service announced. The top individual tax rate of 39.6 percent will apply to income above $470,700 for married couples, up from $466,950 in 2016. The standard deduction for individuals will be $6,350, up from $6,300, where it had been for 2015 and 2016. The $4,050 personal exemption will be unchanged after increasing in 2016. The annual changes, made under formulas in the tax code, generally apply to tax returns for 2017, which will be filed in early 2018. Many income thresholds and dollar figures in the tax code are indexed to inflation, though others — such as the $3,000 limit on deducting capital losses against ordinary income — are not. The per-person exclusion from the estate tax will be $5.49 million, up from $5.45 million.
Data suggests ‘nonstate actor’ behind cyberattack: Clapper - 10/26/2016 6:30 AM
National Intelligence Director James Clapper said it appeared that a “nonstate actor” was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix. Clapper said investigators are gathering a lot of data, and preliminary indications are that a nonstate actor is to blame. But he said he would not want to completely rule out whether a nation state might have been behind it. Clapper spoke Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Home prices up more than expected in August - 10/25/2016 12:50 PM
Standard & Poor’s reported the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index was up 5.1 percent in August. Economists had expected a 5 percent increase.
Consumer confidence falls more than expected in October - 10/25/2016 12:49 PM
The Conference Board reported today that its index of consumer confidence fell from 103.5 in September to 98.6 in October. Economists had expected the index to fall to 101.5. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said, “Consumers’ assessment of current business and employment conditions softened, while optimism regarding the short-term outlook retreated somewhat. However, consumers’ expectations regarding their income prospects in the coming months were relatively unchanged. Overall, sentiment is that the economy will continue to expand in the near-term, but at a moderate pace.”
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through Economic Data
Housing continues to rise, while durables remain uneven Read More --10/27/2016 4:51 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Corporate Earnings
Situation looking like mid-1980s Read More --10/25/2016 7:51 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--10/17/2016 10:51 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--10/14/2016 3:47 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC--10/13/2016 4:23 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Minutes: No Rate Rise, But...--10/12/2016 2:06 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--10/10/2016 4:46 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data--10/7/2016 6:39 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Greenspan Speaks--10/6/2016 10:28 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Services Strong?--10/5/2016 4:27 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Manufacturing Improvement--10/4/2016 10:51 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
Bevy of Fed speakers before FOMC blackout; GDP ahead Read More --10/24/2016 10:20 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Still Uneven
But sector is contributing to US economic growth Read More --10/21/2016 8:02 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Beige Book
Elections still likely to be reflected Read More --10/19/2016 7:26 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts
Elections, inflation and more Read More --10/18/2016 5:16 AM
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: 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: Feb. 11, 2016--2/11/2016 5:38 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 26, 2016--1/26/2016 10:41 AM Read More
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
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 9, 2016
CFTC reauthorization | Immigration litigation | FDA budget | US wine trade with EU | Congress and the budget in 2016 | Energy and water development appropriations | Ag and TTIP | GI issues and TTIP Read More --8/9/2016 4:08 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: July 8, 2016
Economic analysis of TPP | TANF block grant legislation | EPA WOTUS rule issues | Economic effects of trade | US-New Zealand relations | US-Japan relations | Child nutrition reauthorization | RFS in brief | Energy tax policy issues Read More --7/8/2016 3:28 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures close lower for the week with November option expiration Read More --10/23/2016 12:20 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Strong export data, sharp increase in soybean oil prices lift soybean futures Read More --10/23/2016 12:20 PM
Weekly Transportation Update --10/23/2016 12:20 PM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--10/23/2016 12:20 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--10/23/2016 12:19 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--10/23/2016 12:19 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--10/23/2016 12:19 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--10/15/2016 10:52 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--10/15/2016 10:52 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--10/15/2016 10:52 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--10/15/2016 10:52 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures settle mixed for the week; Kansas City breaks out of nearby range Read More --10/23/2016 12:20 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures continue marginal move upward, but significant strength unlikely Read More --10/23/2016 12:20 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Exports slightly better than expectations Read More --10/23/2016 12:20 PM
World Sugar Update
Market summary & price outlook Read More --10/23/2016 12:20 PM