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Politico: Heitkamp Tops Trump’s List for Agriculture Secretary
Confirmation of a Democrat to lead USDA would be a surprise and frustration for Republicans Read More --12/10/2016 2:47 PM
Dismantling Dodd-Frank would be a 'grave mistake': SEC Chairman
Read More --12/10/2016 7:37 AM
ERS: Fruit and Vegetable Consumption in SNAP Households--12/9/2016 3:30 PM Read More
Funding Bill Hits a Snag, Brief Government Shutdown Possible--12/9/2016 3:24 PM Read More
USDA December S/D Graphics: US & Global Summaries--12/9/2016 2:55 PM Read More
USDA December S&D Graphics: Australia Wheat--12/9/2016 2:55 PM Read More
USDA Transportation Report: 2016 Fertilizer Shipment Update--12/9/2016 2:29 PM Read More
Energy Bill Hopes Die as House Leaves Town for the Year --12/9/2016 2:10 PM Read More
AGgregator: December 9, 2016--12/9/2016 2:04 PM Read More
USDA S/D Highlights: Cotton Carryover Rises on Crop Increase--12/9/2016 12:45 PM Read More
USDA S/D Highlights: Steady US Corn, Soybean & Wheat Carryovers vs Nov.--12/9/2016 12:03 PM Read More
USDA Radio Newsline: December 9, 2016
Latest round of USDA reports | Cotton production, yield estimates up | Florida orange production forecasts Read More --12/9/2016 6:15 PM
Farmdoc Daily: Farm Payments by Countercyclical and Insurance Programs Since 2002
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --12/9/2016 5:58 PM
Gov't Argues Sixth Circuit Has Jurisdiction to Review WOTUS Challenge
Urges Supreme Court to reject review of jurisdictional decision Read More --12/9/2016 5:48 PM
House Handily Cleared Water Infrastructure Bill Before Exiting
Like CR, bill could see delays in the Senate Read More --12/9/2016 5:12 PM
Hyundai Merchant no longer considered for 2M Alliance: Maersk - 12/9/2016 11:33 AM
Maersk Line, the senior member of the world’s largest container-shipping alliance, Thursday said it is no longer considering Hyundai Merchant Marine for membership in the group, dealing a major blow to the troubled Korean shipping company. The so-called 2M Alliance — made up of Maersk and Mediterranean Shipping Co .— moves a third of all seaborne cargo, and membership would have guaranteed HMM a steady income during one of the industry’s worst down-cycles, as well as reducing its operating expenses through the sharing of ships, networks and port calls. “The parties have discussed the possibility of HMM joining 2M as an operating partner and now decided to look at other cooperation possibilities,” Maersk Line spokesman Michael Storgaard said Thursday. Storgaard said the two companies are now exploring a more limited agreement involving putting containers on each other’s ships and Maersk taking over some of HMM’s charter deals.
USDA keeps US 2016/17 orange forecast unchanged - 12/9/2016 11:23 AM
The US all orange forecast for 2016/17 season is 5.32 million tons, unchanged from last month but down 10 percent from the 2015/16 final utilization, per USDA's Crop Production report. The Florida all orange forecast, at 72.0 million boxes (3.24 million tons), is unchanged from last month but down 12 percent from last season’s final utilization. Early, midseason, and Navel varieties in Florida are forecast at 36.0 million boxes (1.62 million tons), unchanged from last month but down slightly from last season’s final utilization. The Florida Valencia orange forecast, at 36.0 million boxes (1.62 million tons), is unchanged from last month but down 21 percent from last season’s final utilization.
White House off'l: Review of election-related cyber attacks ordered - 12/9/2016 10:26 AM
President Barack Obama has ordered a "full review" of the election-related hacking activity that took place in November and a report is expected before Obama leaves office January 20, according to counterterrorism and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco. “We may be crossed into a new threshold and it is incumbent upon us to take stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means, what has happened and to impart those lessons learned," Monaco told reporters at a  breakfast arranged by the Christian Science Monitor. The report will be shared with "a range of stakeholders," including members of Congress. However, she would not say if the report would be made public.
Brexit minister 'not really interested' in transitional deal - 12/9/2016 9:48 AM
Britain's Brexit minister David Davis is "not really interested" in a transitional deal in the event of a "hard Brexit," according to details of a private meeting between him and the City of London Corporation. Many UK companies have argued the government should agree on a transition period after Britain leaves the bloc and before new trade terms are finalized, during which current arrangements stay in place.
South Korean legislators vote to impeach president - 12/9/2016 9:37 AM
South Korean legislators voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over influence-peddling accusations. The final vote count was 234-56, more than enough to secure the two-thirds majority required for impeachment in the 300-member National Assembly. Many members of Park’s own party joined opposition and independent lawmakers in voting to impeach her. The country’s prime minister, whose position in government is largely ceremonial, will become the nation’s acting president, effective immediately. The KOSPI index closed down ahead of the vote, while the won slid 0.6 percent vs. the dollar.
USDA daily export sales: Soybeans to unknown destinations - 12/9/2016 8:03 AM
Private exporters reported to USDA exports sales of 132,000 tonnes of US soybeans to unknown destinations for 2016/17. The sales were reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
Catfish import inspection measure unlikely to advance this year - 12/8/2016 5:43 PM
Congressional efforts to reverse a rule transferring oversight of catfish imports from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to USDA are unlikely to be taken up by the House this year. However, the decision on whether to move on the issue is "up to [House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)," House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health Chairman Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) said following a hearing on the issue. The Senate passed a resolution in May that would roll back USDA's rule transferring inspection authority to the agency, but so far the House has not and likely will not take up the issue before adjorning for the year.
Reports: Trump to name fast-food exec Puzder as Labor Sec. - 12/8/2016 10:24 AM
CKE Restaurants Holdings CEO Andy Puzder is set to be tapped as Labor Secretary by President-elect Donald Trump, according to numerous media reports. Puzder heads the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardees burger outlets and has been critical of regulations he views as holding back the restaurant industry, including the Affordable Care Act – ObamaCare – and the push to raise the federal minimum wage. He is also on the board of the International Franchise Association. His focus as Labor Secretary would likely be on overhauling the tax system as a way to help the industry, Matt Hailer with the franchisee trade group told the Wall Street Journal.
ECB holds rates steady, extends bond-buying but will temper level - 12/8/2016 8:50 AM
The European Central Bank (ECB) will continue its bond-buying program through the end of 2017, but announced it will reduce the amount from April-forward. The bond-buying effort will be maintained at a monthly purchase level of 80  billion euros ($86.2 billion) through March 2017, but then reduce it to 60 billion euros as of April. The ECB kept interest rates steady. The euro declined in the wake of the decision but European equity markets held gains.
CFTC finishes review of ICE rule enforcement - 12/8/2016 8:48 AM
ICE Futures US has an adequate trade practice surveillance program, subject to four recommendations and one deficiency, per the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Recommendations were made relative to ICE's proactive reviews for trade practice violations, its automated trade surveillance system, and trade practice investigations by the CFTC Division of Market Oversight said. The area ICE was deemed deficient was relative to requirements that investigations are to be completed in one year or less.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Credit Growth Tempered
Consumers expand use of credit, but pace slows ahead of holidays Read More --12/8/2016 4:28 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through Trade Data
Ag exports reported as being down, but that's only by one measure Read More --12/7/2016 11:26 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics IEG Forecasts--11/29/2016 6:49 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--11/28/2016 8:51 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--11/25/2016 12:18 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC Minutes--11/23/2016 8:36 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Mortgage Rates & Home Buyers--11/22/2016 7:47 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--11/21/2016 8:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--11/18/2016 3:21 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch From Yellen--11/17/2016 5:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Shift in Views on Economy--11/16/2016 9:46 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Blackout period ahead of FOMC arrives Read More --12/5/2016 9:45 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data
Keys for major economic update Read More --12/2/2016 6:34 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Spending, Inflation and Oil
Consumers continue to hold up their end of the bargain Read More --12/1/2016 6:13 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through GDP
Keys that pushed the third quarter result up Read More --11/30/2016 8:53 PM
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: Aug. 9, 2016--8/9/2016 4:08 PM Read More
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Congressional Research Service Reports: May 31, 2016--5/31/2016 5:28 PM Read More
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Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 11, 2016--4/11/2016 2:51 PM Read More
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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: 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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures pressured this week following December options expiration Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean oil futures continue to rally following OPEC announcement Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Beef Outlook--12/4/2016 11:10 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--12/4/2016 11:10 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--12/4/2016 11:10 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--12/4/2016 11:09 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--11/27/2016 12:52 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--11/27/2016 12:48 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--11/27/2016 12:41 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--11/27/2016 12:22 PM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--11/27/2016 12:16 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Chicago, Kansas City secure March contract lows, Minneapolis gains Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Light trading volumes, minor price action for rice futures this week Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Export sales remain stable Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM
Weekly Transportation Update
Highlights of transportation and logistic issues Read More --12/4/2016 11:10 AM