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.

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.
Additional Perspective on this Week’s Freeze Event & Winter Wheat
From Brad Rippey, USDA Meteorologist Read More --4/17/2014 3:10 PM
National Journal Toolbox: April 17, 2014
A weekly report from National Journal Read More --4/17/2014 1:30 PM
Agra Europe –– Mercosur Plans to Make Trade Agreement Offer to EU this Month--4/17/2014 10:21 AM Read More
Washington Post –– Marker-Assisted Breeding Speeds Seed Development--4/17/2014 10:21 AM Read More
CBO Estimates Slower Long-term Deficit Growth Under Obama Budget --4/17/2014 9:50 AM Read More
Just 20% of Railroads to Meet PTC Deadline --4/17/2014 9:25 AM Read More
Per Capita Availability of Chicken Higher Than Beef For Third Year --4/17/2014 9:17 AM Read More
USDA Weekly Export Sales: More China Corn Buys Shifted to Other Destinations--4/17/2014 8:31 AM Read More
NGFA Report: China GMO Corn Rejections Cost US Ag up to $2.9 billion--4/17/2014 6:28 AM Read More
Vermont Senate Votes to Require Labels on Food Containing GMO Ingredients--4/17/2014 6:46 AM Read More
TPP Talks Blasted by Some Democrats Ahead of Obama Asia Trip --4/17/2014 6:30 AM Read More
Extended Weather Outlooks Still Offer Little Precip Guidance
Above-normal temps in Plains HRW wheat areas and below normal readings in Northern Plains Seen thru July Read More --4/17/2014 11:19 AM
US Sugar Interests Await Word From Commerce Dept. Re: Case Against Mexico
Long process expected if case is accepted Read More --4/17/2014 12:37 PM
Japan to Cut Tariff on Pork Imported from Australia
US on the sidelines in beef, pork trade with Japan Read More --4/17/2014 10:21 AM
Globe and Mail –– Shipping Backlog in Canada Increases Farmers' Debt Loads
Unsold grain from 2013 would have financed 2014 plantings Read More --4/17/2014 10:21 AM
No Argentine port strike… yet - 4/17/2014 5:25 PM
Argentine port workers called off their planned strike for today and officials with unions will meet with government officials next week for wage talks. They are seeking hefty increases in wages to help workers cope with double-digit inflation in the country. If a strike does indeed unfold, key to whether it will become a market factor will be dictated by how long any work stoppage would last. It would take an interruption at ports of several days or longer before any talk would surface of buyers turning to the US or elsewhere for supplies.
Russia's Foreign Minister: Pledge to calm Ukraine crisis - 4/17/2014 11:48 AM
Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said all sides agreed to steps to "de-escalate" Ukraine crisis, after talks in Geneva.
Scandal in Georgia: Farmer ships Vidalia onions five days early - 4/17/2014 10:21 AM
A Vidalia onion farmer has run afoul of the state agriculture commissioner by sending his onions to market yesterday rather than waiting until next Monday, as is required by state rules. The Associated Press reports that the farmer, who grows onions on roughly 3,000 acres in southeast Georgia, has been waging a legal battle since last fall with Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black. Their dispute revolves around a rule adopted with the backing of many farmers seeking to keep unripe Vidalia onions from reaching store shelves. AP reports that an Atlanta judge last month struck down the regulation, which says no Vidalia onions can be packed for shipping before the last full week in April. However, Commissioner Black has warned growers that the rule remains in effect while the state appeals.
Wall Street Journal –– Cereal maker Post in bidding to acquire Michael Foods - 4/17/2014 10:21 AM
Post Holdings is nearing a deal to acquire Michael Foods Group for as much as $2.5 billion, which would expand the cereal maker's menu of breakfast offerings into eggs and dairy goods, according to people familiar with the matter. Michael Foods' private-equity owners have been running an auction for the company during which Tyson Foods and others bid, according to people familiar with the matter. But Post has emerged as the likely winner, and its purchase of Michael Foods may be announced on Thursday, the people said. WSJ (B-3)
Yellen: Low inflation more a threat than rising prices - 4/17/2014 5:53 AM
Low inflation is a larger threat to the US economy than rising prices, said Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen in her second public speech since taking the reins at the Fed. Cautious not to talk interest rate-hike timing after her "six months" remark in her initial post-FOMC press conference, Yellen said the decision on tightening would hinge on the strength of the labor market and how quickly inflation is headed towards the Fed's 2 percent goal. She noted wage gains to this point have remained muted, suggesting plenty of slack in the labor market. Yellen said that inflation, job market slack and unforeseen developments would be key factors when the Fed reaches the point of considering raising the Fed funds rate.
Roberts vs Sebelius in Kansas Senate race? - 4/16/2014 9:59 AM
Outgoing Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, who plans to step down from post next month, is considering a US Senate run against Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.). the New York Times reports, citing unidentified person familiar with matter. A Kansas City Star item noted that, “Sebelius would have to raise money quickly, build a campaign apparatus, a schedule — and would not be the favorite in the race. Kansans have not sent a Democrat to the Senate since the Great Depression.”
Highway Trust Fund (HTF) depletion date is Aug. 29 - 4/16/2014 9:15 AM
The Dept of Transportation's Trust Fund Ticker anticipates the highway trust fund will run dry by August 29. The numbers are "tracking very closely to what we've been saying for months, which is come August or September we're going to be in a hole," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said while touring a waterfront park in Louisville, Ky. Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said the update “should be a wake-up call to Congress. The Highway Trust Fund is heading toward an avoidable crisis as early as July, and if we don't act, could lead to a construction shutdown on our nation's roads and bridges. Every day that Congress waits to address this looming crisis, states will be forced to make difficult planning decisions, as many already have, to delay projects that improve roads and bridges in their communities."
A key reason why the US has shipped more soybeans to China... - 4/16/2014 9:08 AM
A grain industry contact says, “A key reason why the US has shipped more soybeans to China and made robust soybean meal sales to several foreign nations was the financing/credit line problems some Chinese trading firms incurred with sourcing South American supplies. Many of the South American purchases were cost and freight — the US was the safe haven financially. Also, one should not ignore that the Chinese have made significant purchases of foreign firms like NIDERA to expand their credit lines and other. The country's annual economic growth does not mean their banking systems are in position to expand company credit lines to a larger degree. Overall, Chinese business models need refinement for expanded credit lines – not just agriculture, but non-ag.”
China cuts reserve ratio requirement for village commercial banks - 4/16/2014 8:16 AM
China will trim the reserve ratio requirement for village commercial banks by an unspecified amount, according to Premier Li Keqiang, signaling the reduction would be made for qualifying banks. Li said after a cabinet meeting that the action was to help bolster financing and financial support for the agriculture sector. The nation’s biggest banks currently have a 20 percent RRR level.
IRS releases inflation adjustments for energy credits - 4/16/2014 8:09 AM
The Internal Revenue Service released the inflation adjustment factors and reference prices to determine the availability of the credit for renewable electricity production, refined coal production, and Indian coal production under tax code Section 45 for calendar year 2014. For qualified energy resources and refined coal, the inflation adjustment factor is 1.5088, the IRS said in a notice to be published in today's Federal Register. For Indian coal, the inflation adjustment is 1.1587. IRS said the reference price for facilities producing electricity from wind is 4.85 cents per kilowatt hour for 2014. The reference price for fuel used as feedstock is unchanged at $31.90 per ton for 2002; the reference price for 2014 is $56.88 per ton. Reference prices for facilities producing electricity from closed-loop biomass, open-loop biomass, geothermal energy, solar energy, small irrigation power, municipal solid waste, qualified hydropower production, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy have not been determined for 2014, IRS said in the notice. Link to notice.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 17, 2014
Yellen lays out Fed factors Read More --4/17/2014 7:39 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 16, 2014
Sifting through China data | Europe deflation worries rise Read More --4/16/2014 8:08 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 9, 2014--4/9/2014 8:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 8, 2014--4/8/2014 8:16 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 7, 2014--4/7/2014 7:55 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 4, 2014--4/4/2014 7:15 AM Read More
AM Monitor - April 4, 2014--4/10/2014 9:24 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 3, 2014--4/3/2014 8:58 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 2, 2014--4/2/2014 8:20 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 1, 2014--4/1/2014 8:30 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – March 31, 2014--3/31/2014 7:42 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 15, 2014
CPI comes in as expected | Consumers emerge from winter Read More --4/15/2014 9:38 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 14, 2014
The week ahead Read More --4/14/2014 7:41 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 11, 2014
Jobless claims & April Employment | China inflation data Read More --4/11/2014 8:20 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 10, 2014
FOMC minutes calm the waters | China trade data Read More --4/10/2014 7:37 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 17, 2014
Earned Income Tax Credit | US-Russia | Tax extenders | US crude, oil production | US-Taiwan | Aid to North Korea | US-Ukraine Read More --4/17/2014 4:36 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 15, 2014
SPS, non-tariff barriers to ag trade | Budget Control Act Read More --4/15/2014 3:21 AM
CRS Outlines Limits of Presidential Executive Orders--1/31/2014 11:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 21, 2014--1/21/2014 10:15 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 16, 2014--1/16/2014 4:59 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 13, 2014 --1/13/2014 1:43 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 11, 2014 --1/11/2014 5:38 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 10, 2014 --1/10/2014 2:49 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 8, 2014 --1/8/2014 1:20 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 7, 2014 --1/7/2014 5:18 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 3, 2014 --1/3/2014 5:44 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 14, 2014
Dairy policy in 2014 Farm Bill | Waters of the US | Renewable electricity production tax credit Read More --4/14/2014 5:21 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 13, 2014
Sugar policy and 2014 Farm Bill | Air quality and animals | BCAP | Ag appropriations | 2014 Farm Bill | Animal waste | Energy provisions in farm bill | US farm income | Eggs and hen welfare | Food stamps, LIHEAP and farm bill | Brazil WTO cotton case | Ag disaster assistance | Farm bill provisions | GIPSA rule Read More --4/13/2014 12:45 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 11, 2014
Depository banks | Water quality issues | Energy policy | Tax reform | Residential energy tax credits Read More --4/11/2014 9:16 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 10, 2014
Tax extenders | 2014 farm commodity provisions | Brazil-US relations | TAA for farmers | US crude oil export policy | Bonus depreciation Read More --4/10/2014 9:06 AM
Weekly Pork Outlook
Trading both limit-up and limit-down the same day is sign of a very uncertain market Read More --4/13/2014 8:21 AM
Weekly Beef Outlook
Cash cattle sales may keep futures on defensive Read More --4/13/2014 8:14 AM
Weekly Wheat Update--4/13/2014 7:45 AM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--4/13/2014 7:42 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--4/13/2014 7:38 AM Read More
Weekly Transportation Update --4/13/2014 7:34 AM Read More
Domestic Sugar Update--4/13/2014 7:30 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--4/5/2014 6:33 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--4/5/2014 6:33 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--4/5/2014 6:33 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--4/5/2014 6:33 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook
Overview and comments on broiler and turkey markets Read More --4/13/2014 8:08 AM
Informa Weekly Dairy Update
Decline in Class III for week somewhat modest given declines in cheese Read More --4/13/2014 7:58 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean futures turn lower after supportive USDA report Read More --4/13/2014 7:52 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures slip 3 to 7 cents, stocks-to-use ratio under 10 percent Read More --4/13/2014 7:47 AM