Issue Monitor
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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. 

You can get the “news" a lot of places, But, you cannot get the “news and analysis” that Informa Economics believes will help clients make better business decisions anywhere but on this new platform.

The Issue Monitor will cover the core issues that Informa Economics has built its reputation on:
  • Food
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Trade
  • Transportation
  • Regulatory Issues
And, we will present that coverage in an easy to use, web-based format so that the client is able to access the information that he wants, when he needs it, and wherever he is.
      
Countries Block Minn. Poultry After Bird Flu Find in Turkey Flock
Commercial operation located in western Minnesota Read More --3/6/2015 7:30 AM
AFL-CIO to Put Freeze on PAC Money Over TPA/Fast Track
Memo and plan show aggressive push on Democrats to oppose Obama push for TPA Read More --3/6/2015 6:48 AM
ECB to Kick Off Bond Buys March 9--3/5/2015 12:04 PM Read More
Administration Trade Policy Agenda Includes Greater Focus on TTIP, TTP--3/5/2015 11:16 AM Read More
WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement Likely to Become Effective by December: USTR Official--3/5/2015 11:16 AM Read More
Paraguay Proposes Doha Round Tariff Cuts for Farm Products--3/5/2015 11:11 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal –– Court Hearings Start May 5 on Sysco-US Foods Antitrust Suit--3/5/2015 11:09 AM Read More
New York Times –– More Children Eat Fruit in School Lunch Program: Study--3/5/2015 11:05 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal –– Antibiotic-Free Beef is a Tall Order--3/5/2015 10:34 AM Read More
FAO Food Price Index Now Lowest Since April 2012--3/5/2015 9:47 AM Read More
Lawmakers Welcome McDonalds Action on Chicken & Antibiotics--3/5/2015 9:12 AM Read More
Reuters: Ukraine Sending Delegation to China to Boost Corn Sales
Country wants to double corn shipments to China Read More --3/6/2015 6:03 AM
WTO Dispute Panel to Issue COOL Appeal Decisions by May 18
US expected to lose most if not all of the appeals Read More --3/6/2015 5:54 AM
USDA: US & Canadian Hogs for Dec. 2014 +2% vs 2013
Cattle numbers in the two countries up 1% on Jan. 1, 2015 vs 2014 Read More --3/5/2015 4:38 PM
USDA March Carryover Pre-Reports
Trade expectations for March 10 release Read More --3/5/2015 4:18 PM
Reuters: Louis Dreyfus shipping ethanol to UAE - 3/6/2015 6:36 AM
A cargo of around 280,000 barrels of ethanol is headed from New York to the Jebel Ali port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to trade sources quoted by Reuters. The shipment is valued at $17 million and marks a renewed effort to ship the corn-based fuel to the UAE. The shipment would be about double the average monthly exports to UAE in 2014, shipments which dwindled as the price of crude oil plummeted. The UAE took in about 8% of the 20 billion barrels of US ethanol exports in 2014, according to the report. UAE lacks an ethanol mandate so their purchases are typically made with the economics work out.
Fed: All 31 US banks pass 'stress tests' - 3/5/2015 4:16 PM
The largest 31 US banks have passed the Fed's annual "stress test," meaning they have enough capital to continue lending during a hypothetical economic shock situation, the Fed announced today. This marks the first time since the stress tests began in 2009 that all banks maintained capital levels above minimum amounts. This could translate into banks getting clearance from the Fed to return profits to investors via higher dividends or buying back shares.
CBO delays release of baseline update to March 9 - 3/5/2015 11:49 AM
Release of the updated baseline from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has become the latest casualty of wintry weather that has closed US government offices in Washington, DC. "Because weather conditions have led the federal government in Washington, DC, to close today, CBO will delay the release of its updated 10-year baseline projections of federal spending, revenues, and budget deficits until Monday," the agency said.
Global LNG trade to top $120 bil. in 2015: Goldman Sachs - 3/5/2015 9:06 AM
Global trade in liquefied natural gas (LNG) will exceed $120 billion in 2015, surpassing iron ore as the most valuable commodity after oil, Goldman Sachs analysts said. Competition among producers will increase as buyers shift away from long-term contracts. US supplies coming online and other factors will lead to declines in LNG prices "until they can challenge thermal coal in the fuel mix of the power sector," the report said.
House WOTUS hearing postponed as DC gov't offices closed due to weather - 3/5/2015 9:04 AM
House members left town Wednesday to beat a storm forecast for the DC area. The House Agriculture Committee postponed today’s hearing on the EPA’s proposed waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency does not fall under the committee’s jurisdiction, but members of the panel remain concerned about the potential effect on their agricultural constituents. The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee also cancelled today’s hearing on the USDA’s research agencies’ FY 2016 budget request.
Senate override of Keystone XL pipeline veto fails, as expected - 3/4/2015 3:16 PM
The effort to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline project failed in the US Senate on a vote of 62-37, five votes shy of the 67 needed to override. This keeps the issue in a decision process by the State Dept. which has no official timeline for when it has to complete its review.

Wall Street Journal –– McDonald's to stop selling chicken raised with antibiotics in US - 3/4/2015 3:34 PM
McDonald's said over the next two years, its US restaurants will stop selling chicken raised with antibiotics that are important to human health, one of the biggest moves yet by a major food company to address growing concerns over antibiotic-resistant "super bugs." McDonald's said it plans to make by working with its chicken suppliers, which include Tyson Foods, the largest US meatpacker. The world's largest restaurant chain said it would continue to permit the responsible use of antibiotics known as ionophores, which are not used in human medicine, by its chicken suppliers. WSJ (link)
China lowers interest rates for commercial lenders - 3/4/2015 7:01 AM
The People's Bank of China (PBOC) lowered interest rates on two commercial lending tools, the second time in a week that it has reduced lending rates. The PBOC cut its standing lending facility overnight lending rate 50 basis points to 4.50% and seven-day rate 150 basis points to 5.50%. The rate cut is seen aimed at helping businesses cope with a slowing economy, but some signaled the lower rates were still not all that competitive. China's yuan was little changed at 6.2710 per dollar and remains near levels last seen in October 2012.
Profits parked overseas top $2 trillion as firms skirt US tax - 3/4/2015 6:33 AM
Microsoft Corp., Apple Inc., Google Inc. and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.1 trillion in profits that US companies are holding overseas, according to a Bloomberg News review of the securities filings of 304 corporations. The total amount held outside the US by the companies was up 8% from the previous year, despite 58 companies reporting smaller stockpiles.
Obamacare a focus at Supreme Court today - 3/4/2015 6:27 AM
The Supreme Court today will offer an initial take on how it might rule in yet another test of President Obama’s signature health care law. This morning, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for King vs. Burwell, a case that could upend the health care law. Lawyers will argue the phrase “an exchange established by the state” excludes the 34 states where the federal government instead set up health insurance exchanges.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Growth Target & the Global Economy
What new lower growth target holds Read More --3/5/2015 10:33 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Canada GDP | Beige Book Ahead
Canada GDP | Keys for Beige Book today Read More --3/4/2015 7:22 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Yellen Testimony, Day 2--2/25/2015 8:03 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Yellen Testimony Ahead--2/24/2015 6:05 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--2/23/2015 12:53 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – European Prospects Brighten?--2/20/2015 9:17 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC Minutes--2/19/2015 6:31 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Minutes Ahead--2/18/2015 7:26 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--2/17/2015 8:11 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through Retail Sales--2/13/2015 8:09 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – USDA Longterm Baseline Economic Views--2/12/2015 10:08 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing Monday's Data
PCE data, manufacturing updates | RBA stands pat Read More --3/3/2015 8:15 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Feb. jobs update wraps up the week Read More --3/2/2015 10:05 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Focus on GDP
Economy reading for 4Q seen downgraded from initial look Read More --2/27/2015 7:25 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Inflation, Durable Goods Data Today
Watch will be on whether inflation moves further away from Fed target Read More --2/26/2015 7:22 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 19, 2015
Keystone XL pipeline | Tax extenders | Ozone standards | Energy policy | Unfunded mandates | Ag land rehabilitation | State minimum wages Read More --1/19/2015 5:27 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 18, 2015
Water quality | Immigration | Islamic State | GSP | Health insurance | EPA regulations | Air quality | Speakers of the House | Clean air | Biomass | China-US trade | China economy Read More --1/19/2015 5:21 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 30, 2014--8/30/2014 8:29 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 28, 2014--8/28/2014 12:07 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 27, 2014--8/27/2014 2:14 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 25, 2014--5/25/2014 11:52 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 20, 2014--5/20/2014 12:56 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 18, 2014--5/18/2014 2:47 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 12, 2014--5/12/2014 6:18 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 9, 2014--5/9/2014 6:33 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 6, 2014--5/6/2014 7:20 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 14, 2015
Crop insurance | GIPSA rule | BCAP | Ag conservation Read More --1/14/2015 4:31 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 12, 2015
State of Union address | Trade policy | TPA | Mexico | Income taxes | Clean air issues | Border security | Canadian oil sands | Congressional salaries | Iran | SNAP Read More --1/12/2015 10:37 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 11, 2015
Facts and figures on key policy issues Read More --1/12/2015 10:33 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sep. 10, 2014
CRP | Taxes and Highway Trust Fund | FY 2014 supplemental | Social Security | Ag disaster aid | Congress profile | Ag exports and 2014 Farm Bill | International food aid | China's economy | Gov't shutdowns | Air quality & animal ag | Surface transportation policy | Ag conservation programs Read More --9/10/2014 10:25 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Support from soybeans offsets pressure from March corn liquidation Read More --3/1/2015 8:48 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean futures continue rally due to Brazilian truckers’ strike Read More --3/1/2015 8:48 AM
Weekly Poultry Outlook--3/1/2015 8:48 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--3/1/2015 8:48 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--3/1/2015 8:48 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--3/1/2015 8:48 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--2/21/2015 9:47 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--2/21/2015 9:44 AM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--2/21/2015 9:40 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--2/21/2015 9:38 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--2/21/2015 9:35 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures slow recent declines Read More --3/1/2015 8:48 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures ease as traders exit the March contract ahead of delivery Read More --3/1/2015 8:48 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --3/1/2015 8:48 AM
Weekly Transportation Update
Five-year tentative contract reached between PMA, ILWU Read More --3/1/2015 8:48 AM