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.
Agra Europe: UK Firm Claims Breakthrough in Avian Flu Research
Effort focuses on H9N2 strain and could result in new vaccines Read More --2/8/2016 4:03 PM
Agra Europe: Japan Lifts 15-Year Ban on Imports of Danish Beef
Still there are 23 EU countries barred from shipping beef to the Japanese market Read More --2/8/2016 3:49 PM
States, Utilities and Unions File Briefs in Favor of CPP Stay Request--2/8/2016 10:41 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: Feb. 8, 2016 - AM--2/8/2016 6:49 AM Read More
Week in Review: Feb. 1-7, 2016--2/8/2016 5:02 AM Read More
Results of Key Economic Reports: Week of Feb. 8, 2016--2/8/2016 11:41 AM Read More
The Day Ahead: Feb. 8, 2016--2/8/2016 7:08 AM Read More
This Week in Washington --2/7/2016 3:12 AM Read More
AGgregator: Feb. 6-8, 2016: Update 1--2/8/2016 4:11 PM Read More
NCC Survey Suggests US Producers to Plant 9.1 Million Acres of Cotton in 2016--2/6/2016 5:04 PM Read More
Calendar of Key Events & Reports: Feb. 8-14, 2016--2/6/2016 4:57 PM Read More
USITC to conduct review of Chinese wooden furniture antidumping order
Read More --2/8/2016 3:17 PM
Farmdoc Daily: Exports of Ethanol and Distillers' Grains Remain Strong
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --2/8/2016 1:14 PM
ERS: Egg Prices Spiked in 2015
HPAI outbreak largely responsible Read More --2/8/2016 12:35 PM
House Panel Prepping Energy and Lands Bills: Bloomberg BNA
Rep. Bishop urging parallel Senate action on key measures Read More --2/8/2016 11:39 AM
South Africa trims corn import forecast as rains arrive - 2/8/2016 2:21 PM
Rains have arrived in areas of South Africa and that will now result in the country having to import less corn, Deputy Ag Minister Bheki Cele told Reuters. "For some reason God has been kind and late rains did come, and we think the 6 million tonnes (of maize) we were looking to import - we have downgraded that to four," he told the news service while at a meeting in Dubai. While some have called for a national disaster declaration, Cele said that was not yet needed. "The only hope is that rains continue - if they do we might be out of the woods ... We will not declare a national disaster" Cele observed. The country is looking to Mexico for supplies of white corn, noting that South Africa has the funds to pay for white corn if they can find it available on the global market.
Ukraine Ag Minister sees 37 MMT grain exports for 2015/16 - 2/8/2016 2:17 PM
Rising corn demand and expectations for a strong crop next year have prompted an increase in projected 2015/16 Ukrainian grain exports to around 37 million tonnes, up from 36 million tonnes previously, Ag Minister Oleksiy Pavelnko told Reuters in an interview. Corn exports could hit 16.7 million tonnes in 2015/16, he noted, up from a prior peg of 16 million tonnes. Exports of barley could reach 4 million tonnes and wheat 16.5 million tonnes, he added. Further, wheat growers who have suffered losses to their crop from unfavorable weather will likely reseed damaged area in the spring, with corn the most likely choice.
NY Fed inflation survey signals more worries over lack of inflation - 2/8/2016 2:14 PM
The New York Fed's survey of consumers found inflation expectations fell to their lowest point since the Fed bank began the survey in 2013. The one-year inflation expectation declined to 2.42% compared to 2.54% in December. Lower energy prices and medical costs were two factors indicated in the report. The three-year ahead prediction on inflation was 2.45% in Jan., well below the December reading of 2.78%.
USDA's APHIS announces acting chief veterinary officer - 2/8/2016 11:23 AM
Dr. Jack Shere has been named acting USDA Chief Veterinary Officer and Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services, according to an announcement from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Shere is replacing Dr. John Clifford, who is now the Chief Trade Advisor for VS’ National Import Export Services, after 12 years as VS’ Deputy Administrator.  Dr. Shere joined VS in 1990 as a field veterinary medical officer in Nebraska and Wisconsin and has held many leadership positions since then, including Associate Western Regional Director from 2002 to 2005 and Eastern Regional Director from 2005 to 2013. More recently, Dr. Shere served as VS’ Associate Deputy Administrator since 2013.
Consumers expanded credit use in December by $21.3 billion - 2/5/2016 3:27 PM
The $21.3 billion rise in consumer credit for December came as there was an expansion in revolving credit use – items like store and credit cards and still-strong gains in non-revolving credit, according to the Federal Reserve. The increase on the revolving credit side was $5.8 billion, on top of a $6.4 billion rise in November, indicating consumers pulled out the plastic for the holidays. Non-revolving credit (items like vehicle financing and student loans) rose a strong $15.4 billion.
APHIS announces interim rule for HPAI indemnity payments - 2/5/2016 2:28 PM
An interim rule governing conditions for the payment of indemnity claims related to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was announced by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). The rule clarifies an existing policy that allows for the payment of indemnity for eggs destroyed by HPAI response and provides a formula to allow indemnity payments to be split between poultry and egg owners and their contracted growers. It also requires owners and contractors to provide a statement that they had a biosecurity plan in place at the time HPAI was detected in their facilities in order to receive indemnity, with some exceptions. The rule will be published in the Federal Register in the coming week, and public comments will be accepted for 60 days following the rules publication. The interim rule will be effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Link to rule.
Dallas Fed's Kaplan: Time to be 'patient, watchful, vigilant' - 2/5/2016 2:28 PM
One of the newest Fed bank presidents, Dallas' Robert Kaplan, is the latest to sound caution on the current economic situation. "We're in a period right now where non-US economic conditions are weakening, where global financial conditions are tightening, and I’m working with my team assessing the impact of those on the US," Kaplan said in remarks Thursday. "It's worth being patient, watchful, vigilant." He does not become a voter until 2017 but his comments underscore that there are rising concerns about the global situation in particular for the US Fed as they eye their next policy move.
Trade deficit slightly wider than expected in December - 2/5/2016 2:28 PM
The US registered a trade deficit of $43.4 billion in December, slightly larger than expectations for a $43 billion trade shortfall. Exports were down 0.3%, led by a steep drop in civilian aircraft and even foods/feeds and beverages. Imports rose 0.3% as autos and industrial supply imports expanded. Again underscores the challenges created for US exports by a stronger US dollar. But the rise in imports at least signals there is improving domestic demand taking place.
Egypt cancels second wheat tender this week - 2/5/2016 2:28 PM
Egypt cancelled its tender announced Thursday after receiving just four offers from exporters and they were at prices higher than offset submitted to Algeria for a tender they held this week. Appears that public statements of Egyptian officials that they would accept up to 0.05% ergot in shipments wasn't enough to convince exporting firms to rush back into the Egyptian market. Traders signaled to Reuters earlier this week they wanted to see some official documentation of the resolution of differences between the Ag Ministry and the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC). The higher offers made to Egypt for wheat by the limited number of exports signals they see greater risk of attempting to sell wheat to the world's largest wheat-buying country.
APHIS publishes environmental assessment of HPAI plans - 2/5/2016 2:28 PM
A final environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact regarding the response plan for addressing highly pathogenic avian influenza response and control plans by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) was announced by the agency. The plans call for centralized management of carcass disposal activities to ensure consistency in responses to HPAI outbreaks throughout the United States, and no significant impact from these activities is expected on the quality of the human environment.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Yellen testimony looms large ahead of consumer updates Friday Read More --2/8/2016 9:57 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data
Slower jobs growth, ebbing of wage rise two keys Read More --2/5/2016 6:43 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Conclusion Today--1/27/2016 8:32 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Underway--1/26/2016 8:59 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/25/2016 8:38 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Divergent Central Bank Policies--1/22/2016 10:52 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing Inflation Data--1/22/2016 9:10 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – CPI Ahead--1/20/2016 7:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/20/2016 7:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing Friday Data--1/15/2016 3:08 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Back on Fed's Radar--1/14/2016 2:42 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US Fed Officials Signal Rate Caution
Two Fed officials starting to indicate a pause is their preferred route currently Read More --2/4/2016 10:56 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts
Fresh look at the year ahead Read More --2/2/2016 9:27 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Friday the main focus Read More --2/1/2016 8:39 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC
Markets actually downgrade expectations after FOMC statement Read More --1/28/2016 7:34 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 26, 2016
Federal-Aid Highway Program | EPA’s CPP and power plants | Federal Reserve legislation | Water quality issues | Food safety appropriations | TPP in brief | USDA’s GIPSA rule | Big data in US ag | Water infrastructure funding | Presidential nomination process Read More --1/26/2016 10:41 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 4, 2016
Multilateral development banks | SEC's administrative forum | Federalism and surface transportation funding | GE salmon | COOL and WTO meat labeling dispute | US – Australia relations | US – China trade issues | Western drought and water resources | Fiscal 2016 ag appropriations | Tax extenders | EPA air particulate standards Read More --1/4/2016 4:13 PM
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: Oct. 9, 2015--10/9/2015 4:03 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sept. 28, 2015--9/28/2015 4:53 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sept. 17, 2015--9/17/2015 9:44 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sept. 11, 2015--9/11/2015 1:21 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sept. 3, 2015--9/3/2015 1:10 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 28, 2015--8/28/2015 4:05 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Dec. 17, 2015
EPA definition of WOTUS rule | US Farm Income Outlook | Ag credit | Budget reconciliation legislation | Energy legislation | Small business capital and jobs | Transportation security Read More --12/18/2015 12:02 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Dec. 7, 2015
Final RFS rule | Highway Bill | Climate talks | Cuba-related issues | Safe Drinking Water Act | TPP brief | DOT appropriations | Ex-Im bank reauthorization | US peanut program | Federal reserve legislation | Vending machine food labeling Read More --12/7/2015 3:30 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Nov. 25, 2015
G20 congressional implications | Iran sanctions | EERE appropriations | European energy security | EPA's CPP and power sector | 'Buy America' effects | US-Mexico water sharing Read More --11/25/2015 4:54 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Nov. 12, 2015
House budget reconciliation | House and Senate highway bills | US trade issues | Ag credit | Fiscal 2016 appropriations | Credit union lending | SBA Disaster Loan Program Read More --11/12/2015 5:48 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn market finishes lower ahead of USDA reports next week Read More --2/6/2016 6:10 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Weak export sales, large South American crop pressure soybeans Read More --2/6/2016 6:10 PM
Weekly Transportation Update --2/6/2016 6:10 PM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--2/6/2016 6:10 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--2/6/2016 6:10 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--2/6/2016 6:10 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--2/6/2016 6:10 PM Read More
Weekly Sugar Update--2/1/2016 10:15 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--1/31/2016 1:53 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--1/31/2016 1:53 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--1/31/2016 1:53 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Informa’s outlook remains bearish, USDA reports next week Read More --2/6/2016 6:10 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures choppy ahead of USDA reports Read More --2/6/2016 6:10 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Exports largest of marketing year Read More --2/6/2016 6:10 PM
Weekly Sugar Update
Market summary & price outlook Read More --2/6/2016 6:10 PM