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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.

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Results of Key Economic Reports: Week of September 26, 2016
Reports for the week of Sept. 26, 2016 Read More --9/25/2016 10:32 PM
Commitment of Traders Report for Week Ending September 20, 2016
Source: CFTC Read More --9/25/2016 4:29 PM
EIA: Utica Shale Play Hydrocarbon Production Increasingly Focused on Natural Gas--9/23/2016 4:36 PM Read More
ERS: Most US Adults Bought Fast Food at Least Once Per Week on Average in 2014--9/23/2016 4:18 PM Read More
August Cattle on Feed Viewed Mostly Neutral--9/23/2016 3:13 PM Read More
USDA Announces FY 2017 Sugar Loan Rates, Initial Allotment & Marketing Allocations--9/23/2016 2:43 PM Read More
Disagreements Remain as Time Running Short for CR--9/23/2016 2:24 PM Read More
USDA Now Sees 2016 Supermarket Prices Flat vs 2015--9/23/2016 1:35 PM Read More
Froman Reiterates Post-Brexit Trade Talks with UK on Back Burner--9/23/2016 1:58 PM Read More
Farmdoc Daily: Dead Zones and Drinking Water - Update on Precision Conservation Management--9/23/2016 12:26 PM Read More
US Weekly Oil Rig Count Up Two, Natural Gas Up Three--9/23/2016 12:10 PM Read More
This Week in Washington
Week of September 26, 2016 Read More --9/25/2016 11:06 AM
Calendar of Key Events & Reports: September 28 to October 2, 2016
The week ahead Read More --9/25/2016 2:13 PM
USDA Radio Newsline: September 23, 2016
Cattle on Feed report | Feedlot inventories | 2016 retail food price projection lowered | 2017 retail livestock price projections | Some food price inflation seen in 2017 | Controlling woody vegetation Read More --9/23/2016 5:55 PM
TPP Update: September 23, 2016
Sen. Flake supports lame-duck TPP vote | Mexican official suggests TPP fallback | New Zealand TPP-related medicine plan Read More --9/23/2016 5:20 PM
APHIS announces deregulation of browning-resistant apple variety - 9/23/2016 4:12 PM
Deregulation of the Arctic® Fuji browning-resistant genetically engineered (GE) apple variety was announced by USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The GE apple variety was developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, Inc. (OSF), and is engineered for enzymatic browning resistance. APHIS previously reviewed and deregulated this GE trait in other apples. APHIS sought comments from August 12 to September 12 on the preliminary determination with an accompanying plant pest risk similarity assessment (PPRSA) and a preliminary Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and announced the final determination and FONSI September 23. Link for more information.
Groups call for postponement in WOTUS briefing schedule - 9/23/2016 4:05 PM
The schedule for opening briefs in the challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) waters of the US (WOTUS) rule should be postponed until the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has decided whether to admit certain memorandums by the US Army Corps of Engineers that were critical of the way the rule was crafted, according to a motion filed by a coalition of 54 business, agriculture and manufacturing groups. The filing, by groups including the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Farm Bureau Federation, call on the court to extend the briefing start to 30 days after the court rules what documents are to be made part of the administrative record. Opening briefs from states, business and municipal groups, and environmental organizations challenging the legality of the WOTUS rule are due September 30, but the court has yet to rule on the documents that were part of briefs filed July 29.
Cold Storage data shows more beef, less pork than expected - 9/23/2016 3:23 PM
Beef stocks in the nation's freezers totaled 476.619 million pounds, nearly 14 million pounds above expectations while pork stocks at 607.254 million pounds were nearly 9 million pounds under expectations ahead of the monthly USDA Cold Storage report. Beef stocks were up 1 percent from the previous month and up 1 percent from last year while frozen pork supplies were up 1 percent from the previous month but down 7 percent from last year. Total poultry stocks at 1.315 billion pounds were down 4 percent from the previous month but up 4 percent from a year ago. The above-expectations cattle marketings in August and sluggish exports for beef and pork likely factored into the increase in supplies compared to the end of July.
Sen. Ted Cruz to endorse Donald Trump - 9/23/2016 2:30 PM
An endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from one-time rival Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is expected today (September 23) or tomorrow, according to news outlets. It represents a major shift for Cruz, who declined to endorse the Republican nominee during a speech at the Republican National Convention. It is not clear how strong of an endorsement Cruz will offer, and could simply be Cruz announcing he will vote for Trump this November.
France authorizes agribusiness takeover with divestments - 9/23/2016 9:08 AM
French antitrust regulators signed off Thursday on a divestiture agreement that will see the country’s largest grain cooperative divest certain grain elevators, allowing it to proceed with its proposed acquisition of the fourth largest private grain trader in the European nation.
Bayer willing to give up $1.6 billion yearly to land Monsanto - 9/23/2016 9:00 AM
Bayer has committed to selling off parts that net it up to $1.6 billion in sales per year to complete its merger with Monsanto if regulators demand it as a condition of the deal, Monsanto said in a Wednesday filing.
Existing home sales below expectations - 9/22/2016 2:11 PM
Existing Home Sales were at an annualized rate of 5.33 million units in August, under expectations for a rate of 5.44 million and about on par with year-ago marks. The 0.9 percent decline compared to July came as single-family home resales fell 2.3 percent compared to month-ago levels. In a separate report, home prices rose 0.5 percent in July, above expectations for a 0.4 percent increase, according to the FHFA House Price Index report.
Egypt receives offers on wheat tender under new rules - 9/22/2016 2:11 PM
While some in the trade expected exporters would boycott the wheat tender issued by Egypt Wednesday, reports say that four exporters submitted offers under the tender. The rules for the tender reflected the global standard on the presence of ergot – up to 0.05 percent. Concern in the trade was that the Egypt quarantine authority has not yet acknowledged the change relative to their rules and regulations on imports of wheat.
USDA daily export sales: Soybeans to China, unknown destinations - 9/22/2016 8:09 AM
Private exporters reported the following activity to USDA: Export sales of 120,000 tonnes of US soybeans for delivery to China in 2016/17 and optional-origin sales of 120,000 tonnes of soybeans to China for 2016/17 (an optional origin contract provides that the origin of the commodity may be the US or one or more other exporting countries) ; and sales of 151,000 tonnes of US soybeans to unknown destinations for 2016/17. The sales were reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
CME Group adjusts corn, soybean futures margins - 9/22/2016 8:00 AM
Margins for corn and soybean futures will be adjusted as follows, according to the CME Group: Initial margins for corn futures on contract months two through five will be $1,155 per contract, down 8.7 percent from the current $1,265 per contract, with contract months six through nine at $880 per contract, down 11.1 percent from the current $990 per contract; initial soybean futures margins for months two to four will be $2,970 per contract, down 12.9 percent from the current $3,410 per contract, with contract months five and six at $2,640 per contract, down 11.1 percent from the current $2,970 per contract.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts
Data watch continues Read More --9/22/2016 5:43 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC
Keys to watch in US central bank confab Read More --9/21/2016 5:53 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--9/12/2016 6:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--9/9/2016 2:39 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – CBO Outlines Economic Uncertainties--9/8/2016 5:35 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Watch Continues--9/7/2016 4:37 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--9/5/2016 3:46 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data--9/2/2016 5:42 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Global Manufacturing Updates--9/1/2016 2:54 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Split Fed Views--8/31/2016 11:16 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts--8/30/2016 5:32 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – BOJ Focus in Part on Negative-Rate Impact
Rate moves one key, but report could be important Read More --9/20/2016 5:31 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
FOMC is main focus Read More --9/19/2016 11:43 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Political Gridlock & US Economy
Harvard report tabs this as major drag on US economy Read More --9/15/2016 5:53 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Blackout Arrives
Data watch now key Read More --9/13/2016 2:35 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: 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: 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: Jan. 4, 2016--1/4/2016 4:13 PM Read More
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
Congressional Research Service Reports: June 15, 2016
Fiscal 2017 ag appropriations | Financial Services and General Gov't approps | Ag conservation programs | Overtime pay provisions | Methane emission sources and reduction | Financing water infrastructure | Pesticides and water quality | Cuba issues for Congress Read More --6/16/2016 6:10 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Money managers extend net-short futures and options position in corn Read More --9/25/2016 3:30 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Sharp decline on Friday pushes November soybeans to loss for the week Read More --9/25/2016 3:30 PM
Weekly Beef Outlook--9/25/2016 3:30 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--9/25/2016 3:30 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--9/25/2016 3:30 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--9/25/2016 3:30 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--9/18/2016 10:17 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--9/18/2016 10:17 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--9/18/2016 10:17 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--9/18/2016 10:17 AM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--9/18/2016 10:17 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures post marginal gains ahead of USDA reports Read More --9/25/2016 3:30 PM
Weekly Rice Update
November futures failed to secure second week of gains Read More --9/25/2016 3:30 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Export sales, shipments well ahead of last year Read More --9/25/2016 3:30 PM
Weekly Transportation Update
Highlights of transportation and logistic issues Read More --9/25/2016 3:30 PM