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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. 

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USDA Radio Newsline: January 23, 2017
Nor'easter moves up Atlantic coast | Southern tornado activity | President Trump's remarks on Southern storms | Increasing milk production | PPP to help beginning farmers | RCP program | Regional conservation examples Read More --1/23/2017 5:41 PM
EIA: Higher Natural Gas Prices Expected for 2017, 2018
Lowest annual Henry Hub natural gas price since 1999 recorded in 2016 Read More --1/23/2017 3:27 PM
USDA Grain Inspections: Soybean Inspections Starting to Fade?--1/23/2017 10:48 AM Read More
Transportation and Infrastructure News Briefs: January 23, 2017--1/23/2017 10:05 AM Read More
Trade Policy News Briefs: January 23, 2017--1/23/2017 10:03 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: January 23, 2017--1/23/2017 9:49 AM Read More
Energy News Briefs: January 23, 2017--1/23/2017 9:38 AM Read More
Politics and Elections News Briefs: January 23, 2017--1/23/2017 9:30 AM Read More
Markets, Budget and Economy News Briefs: January 23, 2017--1/23/2017 9:18 AM Read More
Trump Pledges to Cut Regulations by 75 Percent--1/23/2017 10:44 AM Read More
NWS Short-Term Outlook: January 23-25, 2017--1/23/2017 6:46 AM Read More
Farmdoc Daily: Is it Time to Sell Some 2017 Soybeans?
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --1/23/2017 1:21 PM
ERS: Rural Counties’ Economies Depend on Different Industries
Local economies, employment more sensitive to economic trends Read More --1/23/2017 1:14 PM
AGgregator: January 23, 2017
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --1/23/2017 12:19 PM
Trump Signs Order to Withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership
Executive order formally ends US participation in TPP Read More --1/23/2017 11:38 AM
Trump to nominate Wilson to serve as Air Force Secretary - 1/23/2017 12:21 PM
President Donald Trump intends to nominate former Rep. Heather Wilson (R), the President of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, to serve as Secretary of the Air Force, the White House press secretary today announced. If confirmed, the White House says “she will be the first Air Force Academy graduate to become Secretary of the Air Force.”
Trump issues executive order freezing hiring for federal workforce - 1/23/2017 11:01 AM
President Donald Trump moved to make good on a campaign promise to reduce the size of the federal government, issuing an executive order to freeze federal hiring. The military was exempted from the order's constraints. The move follows a campaign in which he pledged to take aim at the way Washington does business.
UK PM plans visit to China to bolster trade - 1/23/2017 10:47 AM
UK Prime Minister Theresa May intends to visit China “relatively soon” to shore up Britain’s trading arrangements with the world’s second-largest economy, according to UK and Chinese officials cited by the Financial Times. May's visit to Beijing will represent the second leg of an attempt to strengthen Britain’s global trading links in the wake of June's vote to leave the EU; later this week she will hold talks with US President Donald Trump, in Washington.
Rubio to back Tillerson, ensuring confirmation - 1/23/2017 9:49 AM
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will support Rex Tillerson's nomination to be Secretary of State, ensuring that President Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's top diplomat will be approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. Rubio said that he remains "concerned" about Tillerson's answers earlier this month on human rights issues regarding Russia, the Philippines and Saudi Arabia. But he said that his deference to the president was a deciding factor. Given the uncertainty that exists both at home and abroad about the direction of our foreign policy, it would be against our national interests to have this confirmation unnecessarily delayed or embroiled in controversy," Rubio said. "However, upcoming appointments to critical posts in the Department of State are not entitled to and will not receive from me the same level of deference I have given this nomination."
Retired Gen. John F. Kelly confirmed as secretary of homeland security - 1/20/2017 5:18 PM
The Senate confirmed John F. Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security on Friday, putting theretired Marine general in charge of securing the nation’s borders, including construction of the southwest border wall that was a centerpiece of President Trump’s campaign. Kelly, who retired in February as chief of US Southern Command, is part of the first wave of Cabinet secretaries who will begin to implement the expansive plans of the nation’s 45th president.
Senate confirms Mattis to head the Pentagon - 1/20/2017 4:39 PM
The Senate confirmed James N. "Mad Dog" Mattis as defense secretary just hours after President Trump was sworn into office. The action marked the first time since 1950 that a senior military officer has been installed to run the Department of Defense.  Mattis retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 as the four-star chief of US Central Command after a career in which he led troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. To allow him to take the top defense post, Congress approved a waiver of a 1947 law that barred recent veterans from serving in the post, a limit that was pared to seven years in 2008.
CFTC Commissioner Giancarlo named acting CFTC Chairman - 1/20/2017 12:13 PM
Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo was designated per seriatim as Acting Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today. Giancarlo joined the CFTC on June 16, 2014, to serve as a Commissioner of the CFTC. Commissioner Giancarlo succeeded Timothy Massad who has served as Chairman since June 5, 2014. There continues to speculation that Giancarlo will be tapped to be put into the CFTC chairmanship on a permanent basis.
WTO expected to approve investigation into China ag subsidies - 1/20/2017 8:47 AM
The World Trade Organization is expected to approve an investigation into US allegations that China provided more than $100 billion in illegal government subsidies for producing rice, wheat and corn. The US argued that China violated the terms of its 2001 agreement to join the WTO and provided trade-distorting domestic support in excess of its WTO commitments. The US case against China's agricultural subsidies presents President-elect Donald Trump with an early opportunity to increase pressure on Beijing at the WTO. If the WTO finds that Beijing violated its international trade obligations, it could force China to reduce its agricultural subsidies or face retaliatory trade tariffs worth tens of billions of dollars. Though China blocked Washington's initial request for the establishment of a panel on December 16, WTO rules prevent China from rejecting a second panel request at the WTO dispute settlement meeting on January 25.
USDA daily export sales: Corn to unknown destinations - 1/20/2017 8:00 AM
Private exporters reported to USDA export sales of 126,312 tonnes of US corn to unknown destinations for 2016/17. The sales were reported via USDA's daily export sales reporting system. Since January 12, USDA has announced sales of nearly 600,000 tonnes of US corn to unknown destinations.
Housing starts beat expectations - 1/19/2017 2:49 PM
Housing starts were at an annual rate of 1.226 million units in December, above expectations and up 11.3 percent from November. But the increase was focused on multi-unit starts as they were up 57 percent against a 4-percent decline for single-family units. Permits edged down to 1.210 million units from 1.212 million in November. But single-family permits were up nearly 5 percent.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
First look at fourth quarter GDP Read More --1/23/2017 5:27 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics IEG Forecasts
Economy poised for growth Read More --1/20/2017 2:22 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Officials' Views--1/12/2017 9:31 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumers in a Spending Mood--1/10/2017 11:47 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/9/2017 9:46 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data--1/6/2017 5:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through The FOMC--1/5/2017 11:04 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in FOMC Minutes--1/4/2017 11:58 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/3/2017 3:21 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Year--12/30/2016 3:05 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Challenges Remain--12/29/2016 3:48 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Yellen Sounds Hawkish Tone
Growing number of Fed officials are backing forecast rate rises Read More --1/19/2017 7:02 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Officials See Upside Risks
Growing number of Fed officials are backing forecast rate rises Read More --1/18/2017 2:42 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Two Yellen appearances highlight for holiday-shortened week. Read More --1/17/2017 9:12 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Consumer attitudes and actions are different | Fed views and more Read More --1/13/2017 2:41 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: January 12, 2017
TiSA negotiations | Wetlands issues overview | WOTUS rule | US-EU poultry dispute | China-US trade issues | Budget reconciliation process | Financing water infrastructure | EPA regulatory activity | US international corporate taxation | SNAP benefits | SNAP retailer standards update | Defining specialty crops | RFS waiver authority, volume modifications | Fiscal 2017 agricultural appropriations | Federal food safety system | FSMA implementation | 2016 US farm income outlook Read More --1/12/2017 1:09 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: December 16, 2016
Central Valley Project overview | Presidential trade authority | GSP, agricultural imports | US trade in services | Columbia River Treaty | US trade, fruits and vegetable products | Five-Year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program Read More --12/16/2016 2:29 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 9, 2016--9/9/2016 3:24 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 24, 2016--8/24/2016 4:35 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 9, 2016--8/9/2016 4:08 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: July 8, 2016--7/8/2016 3:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: June 15, 2016--6/16/2016 6:10 AM Read More
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: 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: 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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
March corn closes the week near $3.70 as February options supportive Read More --1/22/2017 9:56 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Early-week gains drive soybean futures to highest weekly close since mid-July Read More --1/22/2017 9:56 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --1/22/2017 9:33 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--1/22/2017 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--1/22/2017 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--1/22/2017 9:29 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--1/22/2017 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--1/16/2017 10:57 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--1/16/2017 10:54 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--1/16/2017 10:51 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--1/16/2017 10:51 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Prospective tightness to US hard red spring wheat provides market support Read More --1/22/2017 9:55 AM
Weekly Rice Update
A mostly quiet week for US and global rice markets Read More --1/22/2017 9:55 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Prices modestly higher in lackluster trading week Read More --1/22/2017 9:55 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --1/22/2017 9:39 AM