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.
      
Senate Clears TPA Measure After Defeating Portman-Stabenow Currency Amendment
Measure now moves to House Read More --5/23/2015 7:34 AM
Fed's Yellen: Rate Hike Still on Tap This Year
Economic growth, employment and housing all touched on by Fed chief Read More --5/22/2015 2:13 PM
AGgregator: May 22, 2015--5/22/2015 6:29 AM Read More
Senate Advances TPA Measure, But Several Hurdles Remain--5/22/2015 7:03 AM Read More
Senate Ag Panel Clears Bill to Avoid Interruption in Inspection Services Due to Port Disputes --5/22/2015 5:33 AM Read More
CPC Forecasts Plains HRW Drought to Shrink--5/21/2015 2:28 PM Read More
Farm Production Costs Rise to 10.5 Cents of Every US Food Dollar--5/21/2015 2:25 PM Read More
Bloomberg BNA –– Worries Mount About Possible Fuels Price Spike Due to RFS Compliance Plan--5/21/2015 11:07 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal –– Criminal Cases Roil Food Industry--5/21/2015 11:06 AM Read More
Washington State Dairies Agree to Comply with RCRA Rules on Nitrate Contamination--5/21/2015 11:06 AM Read More
House Bill Would Cut Research Funding for Clean Energy, Boost Research for Fossil Fuels--5/21/2015 11:05 AM Read More
USDA May Cattle on Feed Data Gets Friendly Read
Placements main figure coming in under year-ago Read More --5/22/2015 1:00 PM
UPDATED -- Walmart Latest to Ask Meat Suppliers to Trim Antibiotic Use
Major retailer joins effort to address antibiotic use | NPPC applauds commitment Read More --5/22/2015 3:28 PM
Deere & Co. Cites 'Weak Global Ag Sector' for Downbeat Results
Firm sees 24% downturn in ag equipment sales in US & Canada for 2015 Read More --5/22/2015 9:51 AM
NWS 7-Day Precip Outlook: More Rains for Southern Plains Ahead
Some areas have seen 400% to 600% of normal precip the past week Read More --5/22/2015 8:31 AM
Memorial Day holiday gas prices cheapest in five years - 5/22/2015 11:30 AM
Drivers hitting the road for the Memorial Day holiday will find the cheapest gasoline prices since 2010, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA). As some 37.2 million travel between May 21 and 25, AAA said the national average price of gasoline is at $2.74 per gallon, 91 cents under year-ago prices and the cheapest in five years.
Final WOTUS rule said to be coming soon - 5/22/2015 10:59 AM
The Obama administration is expected to announce a big new clean water regulation that would give the federal government the authority to limit pollution in lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands – the final version of the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule that has generated considerable angst and attention. The announcement could come as early as today. But the House has already passed legislation that would block the EPA from moving forward, and the Senate is advancing legislation that would require fundamental changes before the rule is implemented. Ag interests in particular have been up in arms about the proposed rule and key in the final version will be how much it has changed and whether it addresses the concerns raised by many in the ag industry.
US, Cuba diplomatic talks extended; Obama wants to visit Cuba - 5/22/2015 8:00 AM
US and Cuban negotiators meeting in Washington on Thursday could not reach an accord on re-establishing diplomatic ties but agreed to keep talking today. A State Department notice suggested officials would speak to the news media after today’s round. US officials are reportedly insisting on assurances that its diplomats could move around Cuba freely and speak to whomever they wish, which the Cuban government often interprets as a way to strengthen the dissident movement. The US also wants guarantees that Cubans visiting the embassy in Havana would not be harassed by the police guarding it and that diplomatic shipments would not be subjected to tampering. Cuba had been slow to agree to full diplomatic relations until it found a bank willing to handle its accounts in the US and until it was removed from the American government’s list of states that sponsor international terrorism. But Cuba recently found a bank and next week the country will officially come off the terrorism list, an order President Obama made last month but required a 45-day review period to take effect. Meanwhile, President Obama wants to visit Cuba, and he could do so before his term ends in 2017. Obama said in December that he and Cuban President Raul Castro were not about to go traveling together.
China issues warning to US actions in South China Sea - 5/22/2015 6:35 AM
China said that US actions in the South China Sea were “irresponsible and dangerous,” and called on Washington to halt them. An American military plane flew over part of the sea on Wednesday near where China is building artificial islands.
Advisory: NASS to issue COF, Cold Storage data at 11 AM CT - 5/22/2015 6:06 AM
USDA's National Ag Statistics Service will release Cattle on Feed, Chicken and Eggs, Cold Storage, and Peanut Prices.reports today at 11 a.m. CT instead of at their normal release time of 2 PM CT. The 11 a.m. CT release time is normal practice on a Friday before a holiday weekend and is published in advance on the official calendar.
Argentine corn, bean crop estimates raised - 5/22/2015 5:50 AM
Argentina's 2014/15 soybean crop is now put at a record 60 million tonnes by the Argentine Ag Ministry, up from their prior outlook for 59 million tonnes. The agency also increased its corn production forecast to 31 million tonnes for 2014/15, up from 30 million tonnes previously. USDA pegs the 2014/15 Argentine soybean crop at 58.50 million tonnes and their corn crop at 24.5 million tonnes.
Wall Street Journal –– Hormel expects bird flu to hurt second-half turkey sales - 5/21/2015 11:03 AM
Hormel Foods expects the avian influenza outbreak will crimp turkey sales in its fiscal second half and could have wider ramifications for the turkey industry, the company said Wednesday.  Hormel, one of the biggest US meat processors, reported better-than-expected profit in its fiscal second quarter ended April 26. At the same time, the company warned it expects full-year earnings to come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.50 to $2.60 a share, as the bird-flu outbreak weighs on its Jennie-O Turkey Store business. WSJ (B-6) The company yesterday said it disagrees (link) with USDA estimates that US turkey production would increase 3.9% in 2015, citing bird flu as the reason. 
Senate advances TPA legislation in key procedural motion vote - 5/21/2015 11:03 AM
The Senate voted 62-38 to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), or fast-track, on a procedural motion designed to limit debate on a key element of President Barack Obama's trade agenda. The vote came on a substitute amendment containing the TPA (S 995), moving forward in what has become a difficult passage for the legislation through the Senate. The chamber is scheduled to move on to a vote on whether to end debate on a measure (HR 1314) that includes fast-track and Trade Adjustment Assistance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had said he wanted to complete the legislation before the Memorial Day weekend.
Becerra: Obama doesn’t have votes for trade bill - 5/21/2015 9:35 AM
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the number-four Democrat in the US House, said President Obama does not have the votes “at this stage” to win Congressional approval of legislation that would expedite approval of trade accords. “I think it’s more a matter of can Republicans gather Republican votes,” Becerra said during a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington.
TPA vote in Senate murky - 5/21/2015 5:55 AM
The Senate takes a crucial vote today on a trade promotion authority (TPA) bill that would give President Obama power to negotiate a sweeping Pacific Rim trade agreement without lawmakers amending it. Several hurdles remain on contentious proposed amendments, including currency manipulation enforcement language, and the fate of the Export-Import Bank. Leaders are also trying to negotiate which amendments would be considered to the bill. Washington Democrat Maria Cantwell is seeking a vote on an amendment to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank’s authority to issue loan guarantees, which expires at the end of June. Republican leaders say its attachment to TPA would doom that measure’s passage in the House, where many Republicans are prepared to let the Ex-Im Bank’s charter lapse. A major employer in Cantwell’s home state is the Boeing Co., one of the top beneficiaries of Ex-Im loan guarantees that finance foreign sales of its aircraft .If the amendment hurdles are overcome, the bill could be passed tonight, but sources are not ruling out the matter being pushed to after lawmakers return from the Memorial Day recess.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed's Yellen Ahead & Inflation Data Behind
Still no sign inflation is moving toward the Fed's target Read More --5/22/2015 8:58 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC Minutes
Confirms big debate on early 2015 economy Read More --5/21/2015 8:40 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing Retail Sales--5/14/2015 8:10 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US Retail Sales Ahead--5/13/2015 6:14 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Uncertainty Now Fed's Latest Message--5/12/2015 7:49 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--5/11/2015 8:57 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April Employment--5/8/2015 9:04 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed's Yellen & Stock Valuations--5/7/2015 8:40 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Trade & GDP | ADP Data Ahead--5/6/2015 7:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Trade Data & the US Dollar--5/5/2015 9:57 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--5/4/2015 9:11 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Looking for Clues in FOMC Minutes
Read More --5/20/2015 8:02 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ECB Signals Action Ahead
Bank of Japan seen holding stimulus steady Read More --5/19/2015 9:10 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Thursday busiest day in a while Read More --5/18/2015 10:18 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts
It's a brave new world Read More --5/15/2015 6:40 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 3, 2015
Cash vs accrual accounting | Japan-US relations | Turkey | Cuba | Farm bill & WTO | AGOA | Regulatory burden on small banks | Oil & natural gas | US sugar program | GSP | Cybersecurity | Iran sanctions | US-Mexico | WTO Doha Round | Ag in WTO | Water quality | TPA Read More --5/4/2015 7:17 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 26, 2015, Part 2
Conservation programs | Debt limit | Iran nuclear accord | Water financing | IMF reforms | Ag credit | Seafood fraud | Science & technology issues | Farm Credit System | Unfunded mandates Read More --4/26/2015 12:26 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 19, 2015--1/19/2015 5:27 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 18, 2015--1/19/2015 5:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 14, 2015--1/14/2015 4:31 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 12, 2015--1/12/2015 10:37 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 11, 2015--1/12/2015 10:33 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sep. 10, 2014--9/10/2014 10:25 AM Read More
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: April 26, 2015
Congressional Review Act | WOTUS | Grain Standards Act | Iraq policy | NAFTA | Congressional salaries | Iran policy | Estate taxes | Cuba travel | Food safety issues Read More --4/26/2015 11:35 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 5, 2015
Congress profile | Energy & water appropriations | Drones | Debt limit | Ex-Im Bank | Highway funding | Transportation security Read More --4/5/2015 9:07 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 31, 2015
Iran | Mandatory spending | China-US trade issues | US mfg. | Freight infrastructure issues Read More --3/31/2015 6:30 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 30, 2015
Pesticides | Crop insurance | TPP | Local food systems | WOTUS | Energy tax incentives Read More --3/30/2015 5:27 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures up for the week with no USDA May WASDE surprises Read More --5/17/2015 9:00 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
WASDE report pushes soybean & meal futures lower; oil steady Read More --5/17/2015 9:00 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --5/17/2015 9:00 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--5/17/2015 9:00 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--5/17/2015 9:00 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--5/17/2015 9:00 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--5/17/2015 9:00 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--5/10/2015 2:49 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--5/10/2015 2:49 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--5/10/2015 2:49 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--5/10/2015 2:49 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures rise despite larger USDA US carryout projections Read More --5/17/2015 9:00 AM
Weekly Rice Update
US rice market continues lower following bearish USDA inputs Read More --5/17/2015 9:00 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --5/17/2015 9:00 AM
Sugar Update
Highlights of US sugar markets Read More --5/17/2015 9:00 AM