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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: June 23, 2017
First US beef shipments arrive in China | Retail food inflation forecast for 2017 | Meat retail price forecast |Emergency grazing on CRP lands | Cattle on Feed report | Agricultural research, breakthroughs | USDA's pollinator week festival | Bats, impact on pollinators Read More --6/23/2017 5:30 PM
Sen. Cornyn Looks to Update Screening of Foreign Investment in US
Bill being crafted would increase scope of screening Read More --6/23/2017 3:28 PM
USDA Maintains 2017 Food Price Forecasts--6/23/2017 10:34 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: June 23, 2017--6/23/2017 9:26 AM Read More
Energy News Briefs: June 23, 2017--6/23/2017 9:17 AM Read More
Trade Policy News Briefs: June 23, 2017--6/23/2017 8:51 AM Read More
Markets, Budget and Economy News Briefs: June 23, 2017--6/23/2017 8:40 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: June 23, 2017--6/23/2017 7:25 AM Read More
The Day Ahead: June 23, 2017--6/23/2017 7:28 AM Read More
USDA Radio Newsline: June 22, 2017--6/22/2017 11:52 PM Read More
Trump Administration Looking to Courts to Halt Environmental Regs--6/22/2017 7:11 PM Read More
Farmdoc Daily: Rising Biodiesel Production Profits
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --6/23/2017 3:19 PM
ERS: Managed Honeybee Colonies, Mortality
Mortality has increased over past decade Read More --6/23/2017 3:12 PM
US Weekly Oil Rig Count Up 11, Twenty-Third Straight Week of Gains
Source: Baker Hughes Read More --6/23/2017 3:03 PM
AGgregator: June 23, 2017
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --6/23/2017 1:20 PM
Brazil ag minister headed to US on fresh beef trade suspension - 6/23/2017 4:28 PM
US actions to suspend imports of Brazilian fresh beef has prompted the country's Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi to head to the US to discuss the situation. "We will fight for this market," Maggi said on social networks late Thursday. However, Brazilian groups said the fresh beef halt was a small part of their export market to the US as most of the beef is processed and was unaffected by the US suspension.
NAFTA talks best venue to address Canadian wine policies: USTR - 6/23/2017 3:20 PM
It would be “better” to address Canada's discriminatory wine policies within the context of the forthcoming North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, rather than via a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute, US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer told the House Ways and Means Committee during a June 22 hearing. “It would make sense to negotiate it and do it in a less hostile way,” Lighthizer observed. Canada is the top export country for the California wine industry, according to data provided by the Wine Institute. The dispute centers on the Canadian province of British Columbia, which amended its Liquor Control and Licensing Act in 2015 to impose more stringent requirements for the retail sale of imported wines on grocery store shelves in British Columbia.
Senate health care bill echoes the House, but still faces hurdles - 6/23/2017 9:18 AM
The major proposal already faces challenges as Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) all said they could not vote for the package as it stands, but were open to negotiation. Others expressed serious concerns and that could loom large as Republicans hold 52 seats in the Senate and cannot afford to lose more than two votes. Key will be the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the plan and that could arrive by Monday. Sets the stage for a Senate vote next week prior to the chamber heading out for the July 4th recess.
WOTUS repeal news may come today - 6/23/2017 8:53 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency’s formal repeal of the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule released under the Obama administration could come as soon as today. The proposed rule and guidance have been undergoing White House review since May. A court battle will likely result.
NRC nominee Svinicki clears Senate procedural vote - 6/23/2017 9:39 AM
The Senate voted 89-10 to invoke cloture on the reappointment of Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki, setting the stage for a final vote on the nomination likely next week. Svinicki's term expires June 30. The vote could come sooner if a bipartisan deal is reached but she is expected to be confirmed no matter when the vote takes place.
Trump comments on ethanol, estate tax, regulations and trade policy in Iowa remarks - 6/22/2017 8:45 AM
President Donald Trump's appearance in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday saw him tout that his administration’s efforts to remove regulations, negotiate better trade deals, eliminate the death tax, promote ethanol and focus on worker training “will usher in a new era of prosperity for American agriculture.” Trump noted that, “Farming, that is something very beautiful to me; I’m not a farmer, but I’d be very happy to be one.” Of note, Trump acknowledged that erasing the estate tax won’t be so easy. “I don’t know if we are going to pull that one off, but we are working very hard to do it,” he said.
Trade remains a focus - 6/22/2017 8:26 AM
The Section 232 investigation on steel and aluminum imports today features a hearing at the Commerce Department on aluminum imports, with 32 scheduled to testify. Those delivering testimony include those representing government, business associations, organized labor and individual companies, according to a schedule. Of not will be comments from Chinese and Russian official along with the head of European Aluminum, the largest industry group in Europe. The US Aluminum Association will delivery testimony and is calling for action to be directed primarily at China and to keep others like Canada and the EU out of the fray. Some are also chafing at the speed of the investigation given the push to get it wrapped up by the end of June which would be far shy of the 270 days allowed under law.
Senate Republicans to release version of healthcare reform legislation this morning - 6/22/2017 7:11 AM
Senate Republican leaders today will unveil their version of healthcare reform legislation, the first time the public and many lawmakers will get to see what they have been working on behind closed doors; the measure has been compiled primarily by Republican leadership staffers. The Congressional Budget Office is expected to release its analysis of the bill early next week, with a Senate vote possible before the July 4 recess. There are concerns the bill would undermine coverage in rural America and other lawmakers are wary of expressing support until the see the details in the legislation.
US reviewing AGOA benefits for three East African nations - 6/21/2017 2:31 PM
A review of  the eligibility of Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda to receive preferential tariffs under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is underway, the Office of the US Trade Representative said June 20. Specifically, USTR is looking into whether the three countries are eligible to receive duty-free or reduced tariff access to the US market for certain products. The review is in response to a complaint from the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association. The trade group “asserts that a March 2016 decision by the East African Community, which includes Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, to phase in a ban on imports of used clothing and footwear is imposing significant economic hardship on the US used clothing industry,” according to a the USTR statement. USTR will host a July 13 public hearing on the review; the deadline for filing request to appear at the hearing is June 30. To qualify for AGOA trade benefits, partner countries must meet certain requirements, including the elimination of barriers to US trade and investment.
Rep. Scalise upgraded to 'fair' condition - 6/21/2017 12:12 PM
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's (R-La.) condition has been upgraded to "fair" from "serious," according to his doctors. "Congressman Steve Scalise continues to make good progress," his doctors at MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement. "He is now listed in fair condition and is beginning an extended period of healing and rehabilitation."
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Japanese Economy
An improved view... finally Read More --6/22/2017 4:49 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Oil Impacts
Impacts are not totally negative Read More --6/21/2017 4:21 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--6/12/2017 10:19 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics IEG Forecasts--6/8/2017 2:53 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – OECD Cuts US GDP Forecast--6/7/2017 4:31 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--6/6/2017 4:39 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the Jobs Data--6/2/2017 3:57 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed and the Debt Limit--5/31/2017 4:45 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--5/30/2017 2:59 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Trump Budget--5/26/2017 8:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Minutes Ahead--5/24/2017 11:32 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Voices in Focus
Light economic week puts Fed comments at forefront Read More --6/20/2017 3:32 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
Light economic updates, but lots of Fed speakers Read More --6/19/2017 10:28 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC
Another non-shocking press conference. Read More --6/15/2017 4:35 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch From the Fed
Key areas of focus for central bank meeting conclusion Read More --6/14/2017 4:35 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: June 15, 2017
Debt limit since 2011 | US carbon dioxide emissions | Financial CHOICE Act | Cuba-US policy in 115th Congress | NAFTA | 2006 US-Canada softwood lumber agreement | Buy American, Berry, Kissell amendments | US softwood lumber imports from Canada | 2017 budget actions | Revitalizing coastal shipping for domestic commerce Read More --6/15/2017 5:30 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 10, 2017
Advanced gene editing | US-Mexico economic relations | Central Valley Project operations | House GOP 'Better Way' tax plan | Border-adjustment tax (BAT), exchange rate effects | Clean Air Act primer | China-US trade issues | Dodd-Frank Act summary, issues | Presidential permitting for cross-border pipelines, electricity transmission lines | US-UK free trade agreement prospects, issues Read More --5/10/2017 4:00 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: January 12, 2017--1/12/2017 1:09 PM Read More
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Congressional Research Service Reports: April 21, 2017
US-UK free trade agreement | NASS, crop production forecasts | WIC primer | DOT Fiscal 2017 appropriations | Water infrastructure funding | US climate change regulation and litigation | Safe Drinking Water Act | Geographic indications, TTIP Read More --4/21/2017 4:14 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 27, 2017
Tax deductions for individuals | US Census issues for 2020 | EPA policies on integrated planning, affordability of water infrastructure | Hemp as an agricultural commodity | Marijuana policy | US-Mexico water sharing | Safe Drinking Water Act requirements | Overview of recent tax reform proposals | USDA broadband loan, grant programs | Army Corps of Engineers water resource authorizations, appropriations, activities | North American Free Trade Agreement Read More --3/27/2017 5:00 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: February 24, 2017
US sanctions on Russia, economic implications | Japan-US relations | US farm income outlook for 2017 | Farm Bill | Farm Bill programs without budget baseline beyond Fiscal 2018 | Cuba sanctions | Major agricultural trade issues Read More --2/24/2017 2:57 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: February 3, 2017
US border barriers | Trade deficit, oil price impact | Water sector energy use | Child nutrition reauthorization | Clean Air Act issues | Defining industrial hemp | Executive authority to exclude aliens | Cuba issues | US farm program eligibility, payment limits | Invasive species laws, agencies | Water resource issues | Army corps national permit program | Stream Protection Rule | US-EU beef hormone dispute Read More --2/3/2017 5:43 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Improved weather weighed on prices Read More --6/18/2017 10:07 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Futures were rangebound Read More --6/18/2017 10:07 PM
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Weekly Beef Outlook--6/18/2017 9:37 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--6/18/2017 9:20 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--6/18/2017 9:19 PM Read More
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Weekly Feed Grain Update--6/12/2017 3:50 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--6/12/2017 3:50 AM Read More
Weekly World Sugar Update--6/12/2017 3:44 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--6/12/2017 3:37 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
All three wheat boards rose a second week Read More --6/18/2017 10:07 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures gain a seventh consecutive week Read More --6/18/2017 10:07 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Production prospects remain positive Read More --6/18/2017 10:06 PM
Weekly US Sugar Update
Comments on US sugar market Read More --6/18/2017 9:46 PM