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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.

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USDA Radio Newsline: May 27, 2016
Southeastern US severe weather | Atlantic hurricane season forecast | Hurricane disasters | Cold North Atlantic temperatures | Horticultural export forecast down | Food companies and ag conservation | Food waste and GHGs Read More --5/27/2016 5:04 PM
US Weekly Oil Rig Count Down Two, Gas Rig Count Up Two
Source: Baker Hughes Read More --5/27/2016 4:12 PM
EIA: Memorial Day Gas Prices Lowest Since 2009--5/27/2016 1:56 PM Read More
ERS: Fewer Veterans Seen Living in Rural Areas--5/27/2016 1:52 PM Read More
Farmdoc Daily: EPA's Proposed 2017 RFS Standards - Is a Push Still a Push?--5/27/2016 12:17 PM Read More
FDA Finalizes Food Processing Facility Rule--5/27/2016 12:06 PM Read More
Trump Details Some Energy Policies Should he be Next President --5/27/2016 9:50 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: May 27, 2016--5/27/2016 9:40 AM Read More
AGgregator: May 27, 2016--5/27/2016 9:28 AM Read More
US 1Q 2016 GDP: What You Need to Know--5/27/2016 8:10 AM Read More
US Presidential Election Update: May 27, 2016 --5/27/2016 7:35 AM Read More
EU and Mexico to Update Free Trade Agreement
Negotiators look to TTIP, CETA for direction Read More --5/27/2016 3:26 PM
Fed's Yellen: Appropriate to Raise Rates 'Probably in Coming Months'
But Yellen doesn't give any indication of whether that means the upcoming June FOMC session Read More --5/27/2016 2:36 PM
NOAA Hurricane Forecast: Near-Normal Season Expected
But there still may be more hurricanes compared to recent years Read More --5/27/2016 1:55 PM
House and Senate Republicans Reconsider Appropriations Strategy
Move comes after House's failure to advance Energy and Water bill Read More --5/27/2016 1:55 PM
Advisory: Memorial Day market hours/closures - 5/27/2016 2:42 PM
Financial and commodity markets will observe normal trading hours today (Friday), except the bond market will close early – 1 p.m. CT. Markets and government offices will be closed in observance of Memorial Day May 30.
USDA extends actively engaged deadline - 5/27/2016 12:06 PM
USDA announced a one-time, 30-day extension of the June 1 deadline to record farm organization structures relative to new rules on being considered actively engaged to receive farm program benefits. The new rules on actively engaged, ordered by the 2014 Farm Bill, don't apply to operations made up of only family members, and those with fall-seed crops will have until the 2017 crop year to comply.
USDA Corrects daily export sales: Corn & soymeal to unk. dest.; soybeans to China - 5/27/2016 3:01 PM
USDA corrected its daily sales announcement to shift the corn sales to unknown destinations instead of China. Private exporters reported export sales of 130,000 tonnes of corn to unknown destinations for delivery in the 2015/16 marketing year, 110,000 tonnes of soybeans to China for delivery in the 2016/17 marketing year and 100,000 tonnes of soybean cake & meal to unknown destinations for delivery in the 2016/17 marketing year. The sales were announced via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
Cotton AWP moves higher, further trimming LDP rate - 5/27/2016 6:31 AM
The Adjusted World Price (AWP) for cotton increased to 51.50 cents per pound, trimming the LDP rate to 0.50 cents per pound, effective May 27. This is the highest AWP since it was at 51.92 cents per pound for the week of May 6 which resulted in a 0.08 cent per pound LDP rate.
US rice industry has caveats before supporting TPP, noting potential lost trade with Mexico - 5/27/2016 6:21 AM
The USA Rice Federation said it will push the Obama administration to make changes under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to improve market access in Japan and preserve the US rice industry's current market in Mexico, moves the group said are needed before it can support the deal. "As we've said from the outset, we don't believe the modest gains presented in the deal offset the potential losses that will result from the deal," said USA Rice President & CEO Betsy Ward. "However, we're not giving up on turning this into a win for US rice farmers and we're seeking some clarity and assurances around some of the issues, specifically with regard to access to Japan, solidifying our number one market of Mexico, and seeking meaningful compliance by our trading partners with existing agreements."
North Korea reportedly hacks banks - 5/27/2016 5:30 AM
In what appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain, security experts have traced recent digital breaches at Asian banks to the country. Link to New York Times article.
USDA will allow imported avocados from more areas - 5/26/2016 6:01 PM
Regulations allowing the importation of Hass avocados into the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico are being amended to permit imports from all areas of Mexico under a systems approach, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced May 26. Currently, APHIS allows Hass avocados from Michoacán, Mexico, to be imported into the United States under a systems approach to mitigate quarantine pests of concern. Mexico’s national plant protection organization formally requested that USDA allow the importation of commercial Hass avocado shipments from all of Mexico in 2010. USDA conducted a comprehensive pest risk assessment and additional risk management documents, and determined that Hass avocados from all states in Mexico can be safely imported. The new rules will implement multiple safeguards including orchard certification, traceback labeling, pre-harvest orchard surveys, orchard sanitation, among others. The final rule will be effective on Jun. 27, 2016, and is set to be published in the Federal Register May 27.
Federal Court in Minnesota lifts stay in WOTUS legal proceedings - 5/26/2016 3:08 PM
A stay was lifted May 24 on all legal proceedings in a lawsuit filed by cattlemen's groups over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) waters of the US (WOTUS) rule by US District Court for the District of Minnesota. The court did not indicate whether the complaint would be dismissed. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois, of the US District Court for the District of Minnesota, said that the stay was put in place Apr. 1 pending a decision by the full US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on the appropriate venue – Federal Circuit or District Court – for the challenges. The Sixth Circuit on Apr. 21 denied a rehearing petition, filed after a 1-1-1 decision by its three-judge panel established the court's jurisdiction. Along with the federal court in Minnesota, the Northern District of California, the Northern District of Georgia and the Western District of Washington have yet to determine whether they will proceed with WOTUS complaints. The magistrate's order didn't address the government's motion to dismiss, leaving that decision to federal judges.
Consultant sees modest Russia wheat shipments to China - 5/26/2016 3:04 PM
While Russian officials have raised optimism about shipping increasing quantities of wheat to China under grain quality control agreement inked in December, consulting firm SovEcon expects the shipments to remain modest. "The Chinese market is open only a little rather than really open for Russian grain," SovEcon's Andrey Sizov said in Moscow. Russia's wheat exports to China are looked to be no more than several thousand tonnes in 2016/17, Sizov said, with potential to rise to 500,000 to 600,000 tonnes in the future.
European Commission ups EU soft wheat, corn & barley estimates - 5/26/2016 3:04 PM
Soft wheat production of 145.1 million tonnes is now forecast for 2016 by the European Commission (EC), up from a prior peg of 142.8 million tonnes for European Union (EU) soft wheat output. Corn production is now seen at 65.8 million tonnes versus a prior mark of 65.3 million tonnes. EU barley production is forecast at 62.2 million tonnes, up from 61.7 million tonnes previously, but rapseed production is expected at 22.0 million tonnes, down from 22.3 million the previous month. The Commission also trimmed the forecast 2016/17 soft wheat stocks level to 18.4 million tonnes, a 500,000 tonne cut from their prior expectation due to slightly higher exports.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week
More Fed members on same page | Yellen still is Fed chief | US economy | Holiday ahead Read More --5/27/2016 4:08 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – WWYD – What Will Yellen Do
Much-awaited public appearance could fall short of expectations Read More --5/26/2016 10:14 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in FOMC Minutes--5/18/2016 11:05 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Up Next for the Fed--5/17/2016 11:46 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--5/16/2016 8:19 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Updates Ahead--5/13/2016 5:17 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Hawk vs. Dove Today--5/12/2016 11:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Thoughts on the US Dollar--5/11/2016 8:29 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Inflation Data--5/10/2016 10:57 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--5/9/2016 4:02 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data --5/6/2016 5:56 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April FOMC Telegraphed Recent Fed Comments
Remarks from several officials really just echo Fed views from April Read More --5/25/2016 7:37 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Who Do You Believe
Growing number of Fed officials keep talking rate rise Read More --5/24/2016 4:35 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Friday's GDP update looms large Read More --5/23/2016 9:46 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives: Sifting Through the FOMC
Key observations from Fed staff Read More --5/19/2016 10:27 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 11, 2016
Ag exports and the Farm Bill | Appropriations background | TPP issues for Congress | House and Senate energy legislation | CPP litigation | WOTUS background | Congressional budget actions Read More --5/11/2016 3:04 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 26, 2016
Comparing US, China trade data | US-Mexico relations | US trade concepts | Ag credit institutions | US sugar program | Ag disaster assistance | US CO2 emissions and the CPP | Energy and water appropriations | Central Valley Project | Miscellaneous tariff bills Read More --4/26/2016 3:01 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 26, 2016--1/26/2016 10:41 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 4, 2016--1/4/2016 4:13 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Dec. 17, 2015--12/18/2015 12:02 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Dec. 7, 2015--12/7/2015 3:30 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Nov. 25, 2015--11/25/2015 4:54 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Nov. 12, 2015--11/12/2015 5:48 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 30, 2015--10/30/2015 3:21 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 22, 2015--10/22/2015 3:15 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 12, 2015--10/12/2015 1:30 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 11, 2016
Comparing US, China trade data | Fiscal 2017 budget issues | Congress and the budget in 2016 | REITs and FIRPTA | Congressional debate about exchange rates | Electricity markets and trading |Tax reform proposals | TPA and KORUS trade deal | USDA child nutrition programs | Improving child nutrition integrity | COOL and WTO disputes Read More --4/11/2016 2:51 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 22, 2016
Federal GMO labeling legal issues | Emergency ag land rehab assistance | CPP existing power plant questions | CWA Section 401 | TTIP negotiations | Nutrients in ag production and water quality | EPA appropriations and water infrastructure | Rural water supply and sewer systems | Fiscal 2016 ag appropriations Read More --3/22/2016 4:16 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 7, 2016
US trade deficit and oil prices | FSMA implementation | Eight-member Supreme Court considerations | Local food systems and the Farm Bill | Ag conservation programs | FTA labor enforcement | Financing water infrastructure | Energy and the Farm Bill | FDA standards of identity | 2016 Farm Income Outlook | RFS waivers and modifications | USDA rural development programs | Pesticides and water quality | Hemp as an ag commodity Read More --3/7/2016 3:52 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Feb. 11, 2016
Congress and the Budget in 2016 | Recent energy legislation | TiSA negotiations | Argentina-US relations | Fiscal 2016 energy and water appropriations | UAS policy and regulation | Banking regulatory relief | USDA broadband loans Read More --2/11/2016 5:38 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures closed higher for week despite collapsing on Thursday Read More --5/22/2016 8:22 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean and meal futures extend gains; oil extends losses Read More --5/22/2016 8:22 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --5/22/2016 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--5/22/2016 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--5/22/2016 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--5/22/2016 8:21 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--5/22/2016 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--5/14/2016 2:51 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--5/14/2016 2:51 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--5/14/2016 2:51 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--5/14/2016 2:51 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat closes lower for the week Read More --5/22/2016 8:22 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures close higher for a seventh week Read More --5/22/2016 8:22 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Informa acreage survey Read More --5/22/2016 8:21 AM
World Sugar Update
Market summary & price outlook Read More --5/22/2016 8:21 AM