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.
Reuters: Brazil Ag Minister Confirms Cotton Dispute w/US Nearly Resolved
Brazil Ag Minister, Foreign Minister coming to Washington for planned Wed. signing of accord Read More --9/30/2014 2:54 PM
USDA Small Grains Summary Graphics
Acreage, yield and year-to-year shifts Read More --9/30/2014 2:26 PM
USDA Grain Stocks Highlights: Lowest Sept. Soybean Stocks Since 1972--9/30/2014 11:48 AM Read More
USDA Ups 2013 US Soybean Crop 69 Mil. Bu.--9/30/2014 11:28 AM Read More
USDA Sept. Grain Stocks, Wheat Production vs Pre-Reports--9/30/2014 12:33 PM Read More
Solar Power Could Generate More than a Quarter of Global Electricity by Mid-Century: IEA--9/30/2014 10:58 AM Read More
New York Times Editorial –– A New Attack on Antibiotic Resistance--9/30/2014 10:52 AM Read More
USDA’s NASS Announces Resumption of Industrial Reports--9/30/2014 11:30 AM Read More
Hong Kong Protesters Set Wednesday Deadline --9/30/2014 7:31 AM Read More
EU Rejects Russia Demands to Reopen EU-Ukraine FTA--9/30/2014 7:06 AM Read More
NABE Survey: US Economic Outlook Downgraded for 2014, Despite Improved Job Gains--9/30/2014 7:02 AM Read More
USDA Small Grains Summary Highlights
Explanation and graphics on shifts in production outlined in USDA data Read More --9/30/2014 2:05 PM
NASS to Resurvey Small Grains Producers w/Unharvested Acres
Any adjustments would be published in Nov. 10 Crop Production report Read More --9/30/2014 1:55 PM
Agricultural Cooperatives Set Sales Record in 2013
Total sales volume topped $246 billion Read More --9/30/2014 1:36 PM
India Holds Firm on Demands for WTO Exemption for Food Security Programs
WTO Trade Facilitation committee schedules no future meetings Read More --9/30/2014 1:31 PM
Des Moines Register ––Iowa Gov. Branstad opposes WOTUS rule - 9/30/2014 1:34 PM
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) joined a coalition of agriculture, business and government leaders Monday to voice opposition to a proposed rule they say could require farmers to get federal permits to do work around ditches, culverts and irrigation ponds. The Waters of the US (WOTUS) proposed rule, and more specifically the interpretive rule that accompanies it, from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and US Army Corps of Engineers aims to clarify which waterways fall under federal oversight. Branstad said the rule would add bureaucratic layers, making it more difficult for farmers to implement conservation practices that improve water quality. DMR link
La. voters lean Democratic for first time since 2010 – Gallup - 9/30/2014 9:48 AM
Party preference in La. is 45% Democratic vs 41% Republican, a “welcome indicator” for Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is seeking reelection, Gallup reported. Landrieu faces Republicans Bill Cassidy and Rob Maness in the November midterms. But as Gallup points out, the current Democratic edge in the state is not as large as it was in 2008 (10 points), when Landrieu was last up for reelection.
Secret Service director takes 'full responsibility' for White House breach - 9/30/2014 9:29 AM
“What happened is unacceptable and it will never happen again,” Secret Service Director Julia Pierson says in prepared testimony for a House hearing. “I intend over the coming months to redouble my efforts, not only in response to this incident, but in general to bring the Secret Service to a level of performance that lives up to the vital mission we perform, Pierson said in testimony today for a House Oversight panel hearing on security failures after an intruder jumped a White House fence Sept. 19, ran across north lawn and well inside the White House before being stopped. The Washington Post reported yesterday the White House intruder made it far deeper into building than previously known
US judge declares Argentina in contempt of court - 9/30/2014 7:00 AM
Following Argentina's proposal to swap BNY Mellon for a local bank as trustee on its restructured debt and plan to pay bonds under local law, US District Judge Thomas Griesa has declared Argentina in contempt of court. Despite the ruling, the country's Foreign Minister Hector Timerman said Griesa's decision is a "violation of international law." Argentina plans to deposit the next interest payment due on its restructured debt with a local bank today.
US set to become world's largest producers of liquid petroleum – IEA - 9/30/2014 6:54 AM
US output will likely exceed Saudi Arabia’s this month or next for the first time since 1991. US production of oil and related liquids such as ethane and propane was level with Saudi Arabia in June and again in August at about 11.5 million barrels a day, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). US crude production in August was still lower than both Saudi Arabia and Russia.
Reuters: USDA restart of crush data report will come in 2015 - 9/30/2014 6:51 AM
USDA's National Ag Statistics Service (NASS) is expected to start publishing grain and oilseed crushing data in 2015 as it continues the process of taking over the industrial crush data that was discontinued in by the US Census Bureau in 2011, a NASS spokesman told Reuters. Data collection for the reports is expected to start in October, the spokesman said, but would only commit to the report releases beginning sometime in 2015.
ADM ethanol plant will begin capture, storage of carbon dioxide - 9/29/2014 11:10 AM
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has become the second firm in the nation to receive an underground injection permit for carbon sequestration, allowing the company to inject more than 5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide beneath a facility near Decatur, Ill., the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. EPA said it had granted Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits for two Class VI injection wells operated by ADM. The wells are designed to accommodate carbon dioxide from an ADM ethanol manufacturing facility, which otherwise would be emitted as greenhouse gases. The ADM project is expected to sequester 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.
Reuters –– Foster Farms recalls nearly 40,000 lbs. of chicken - 9/29/2014 11:09 AM
Poultry processor Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen grilled chicken due to Listeria contamination, USDA says. Foster Farms shipped the breast strips produced on Aug. 5 from Farmerville, La., to many US states, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) spokesman Benjamin Bell told Reuters. No illnesses have been reported, Bell said. The recall comes amid revelations that major US poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health. The latest recall comes two months after a salmonella outbreak linked to the central California company was declared over.
New York Times –– USDA to provide add'l support to local, organic farming - 9/29/2014 11:03 AM
USDA plans today to announce that it will spend $52 million to support local and regional food systems such as farmers' markets and food hubs and to spur research on organic farming. "These types of local food systems are the cornerstones of our plans to revitalize the rural economy," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a telephone interview with the New York Times. "If you can connect local produce with markets that are local, money gets rolled around in the local community more directly compared to commercial agriculture where products get shipped in large quantities somewhere else, helping the economy there." The $52 million will be the first outlay to local and organic enterprises of the farm bill signed into law in February, which tripled the amount of money aimed at that sector to $291 million. NYT (B-2)
Sacramento Bee –– California governor vetoes farm labor bill - 9/29/2014 10:57 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed legislation Sunday that would have changed procedures in farm labor disputes to make it harder for California farmers to stall new contracts. The bill would have allowed the state's Agriculture Labor Relations Board to implement farm labor contracts secured through mandatory mediation even if employers appeal. Proponents of the bill, including the United Farm Workers union, said the legislation was necessary to avoid delays in contract disputes. Opponents argued the legislation would give labor unions unfair leverage in negotiations. SacBee link
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Inflation Still Tame
Inflation still a focal point | China data and actions Read More --9/30/2014 8:38 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Friday focal point for economic data Read More --9/29/2014 9:15 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--9/22/2014 10:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives -- US housing data | A still-United Kingdom--9/19/2014 8:20 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Post-FOMC Observations--9/18/2014 10:50 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Waiting on the Fed | CPI Dips--9/17/2014 10:34 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Watch Begins--9/16/2014 7:36 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--9/15/2014 9:35 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Retail Sales and More--9/12/2014 9:08 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives - Assessing China Data | Japan Focus on Inflation Continues--9/11/2014 3:42 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Keeps Tweaking--9/10/2014 8:07 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – GDP update ahead | China’s choices
3Q US GDP update ahead | Talk of Chinese choices Read More --9/26/2014 7:21 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Inflation focus | New home sales
Inflation focus | New home sales Read More --9/25/2014 6:49 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China's Prospects
Fitch ratings and IMF offer their views Read More --9/24/2014 9:16 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Dudley Talks Dollar | Fed Changes on Tap
Dudley talks dollar, interest rates | Changes at the Fed coming Read More --9/23/2014 7:20 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
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 30, 2014
SNAP | Income tax terms | EPA and CO2 emissions | Iraq crisis | Shipping US crude by water | Waters of the US | California droughts | Local food systems & farm policy Read More --8/30/2014 8:29 AM
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: May 3, 2014--5/3/2014 12:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 28, 2014 --4/28/2014 2:47 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 26, 2014--4/26/2014 10:24 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 22, 2014--4/22/2014 6:36 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 21, 2014--4/21/2014 5:01 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 28, 2014
Bitcoin | Juice labeling | Immigration | Iran | Federal Reserve | Ukraine | Legislative process | Farm bill Read More --8/28/2014 12:07 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 27, 2014
Transportation | Ex-Im Bank | RFS: Cellulosic biofuels | EU: Q/A | Cuba | Congress: Party leaders | FY 2015 Ag appropriations | Supplemental appropriations Read More --8/27/2014 2:14 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 25, 2014
Libya | Welfare programs | Energy tax policy | Clean air issues | Chemical facility security | Ukraine | Iran sanctions | Dairy policy in 2014 Farm Bill | Surface transportation | Senate offices and officials Read More --5/25/2014 11:52 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 20, 2014
Ag disaster aid Read More --5/20/2014 12:56 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Weakness to soybeans was primary feature to new lows in corn Read More --9/28/2014 8:57 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
November soybean futures down for seventh consecutive week Read More --9/28/2014 8:57 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --9/28/2014 8:57 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--9/28/2014 8:56 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--9/28/2014 8:56 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--9/28/2014 8:56 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--9/28/2014 8:56 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--9/21/2014 12:39 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--9/21/2014 12:39 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--9/21/2014 12:39 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--9/21/2014 12:39 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures turn sideways ahead of USDA production, stocks reports Read More --9/28/2014 8:57 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures erase early losses to move higher this week Read More --9/28/2014 8:57 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --9/28/2014 8:57 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --9/28/2014 8:57 AM