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.
USDA Cattle on Feed: Placements Above Expectations
Figure still lowest since data series started in 1996 Read More --9/19/2014 3:28 PM
Rail Grain Shipments Continue to be Slowed by Oil
Increased shipping costs likely to affect competitiveness of US farm exports Read More --9/19/2014 11:58 AM
Cotton Growers Fear 'Big Mistake' of 2014 Farm Bill --9/19/2014 6:34 AM Read More
USTR: Administration to Proceed With Labor Enforcement Case Against Guatemala Under CAFTA--9/19/2014 6:17 AM Read More
Senate Sends Stopgap Spending Measure to White House After Clearing Measure --9/19/2014 5:18 AM Read More
Funding, Tax Issues Likely Top Lame-Duck Session Priorities: Reid, Ryan--9/19/2014 5:07 AM Read More
White House: Reduce Use of Antibiotics on Farms to Slow Resistance--9/19/2014 7:48 AM Read More
USDA to Fund 540 Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency Projects--9/18/2014 3:16 PM Read More
Crop Insurance Payouts Clear $2.3 Billion for 2014 Losses--9/18/2014 2:23 PM Read More
USDA Approves Dow AgroSciences 2,4-D Resistant Corn, Soybeans--9/18/2014 11:18 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal ––New Study Finds Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Can Raise Blood Sugar--9/18/2014 11:15 AM Read More
Business Leaders Will Lobby Indian Officials on Bali Agreement
Indian PM Modi to visit Washington later this month Read More --9/19/2014 11:46 AM
Agra Europe –– Russian Food Processors Worry About Sourcing Inputs
Dairy products are in short supply Read More --9/19/2014 11:43 AM
Recent US Ag Attache Reports
Ukraine food safety agency | Brazil cotton | Poland on EC aid | Argentine livestock | GMO food labeling study Read More --9/19/2014 6:46 AM
Up Front – Congress & White House: Sept. 19, 2014
On tap today and ahead in Congress and White House Read More --9/19/2014 7:47 AM
Australia to host Oct. TPP ministerial; US, Japan meet next week in DC - 9/19/2014 11:51 AM
Australia is set to host a ministerial meeting on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement in late October, a spokesman for Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb told Bloomberg BNA. Ministers from all 12 economies involved in TPP negotiations are likely to participate, and the talks would probably be held in Sydney. A meeting in late October would precede by a matter of weeks the G-20 leaders' summit, which will take place in Brisbane, Australia, Nov. 15 and 16. Separately, US Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman said he and Japan's trade minister, Akira Amari, will meet next week in Washington to continue efforts to resolve their outstanding issues regarding the TTP.
DeLauro bill would alter CFIUS consideration of mergers with US, foreign firms - 9/19/2014 11:49 AM
The interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) would be required to consider the net benefit of any transaction between a foreign and a US company under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). The panel, which is headed by the Treasury Department, currently has to consider only the effect on national security. Earlier in the week, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said she was drafting similar legislation (link).
Wall Street Journal –– ARS scientists work to take the stink out of pig manure - 9/19/2014 11:38 AM
Today's Wall Street Journal carries a front-page article (link) on the work that's being done by scientists at USDA's Agricultural Research Service and others to reduce the odors that rise from large hog lots around the country. Finding a solution to this age-old problem has become more pressing with the increase in the number of operations that confine thousands of hogs, each of which generates about 1.2 gallons of manure per day.
New inspection plan expected to speed imports of meat, poultry, eggs - 9/19/2014 11:26 AM
The US plans to advance a planned International Trade Data System (ITDS) single window for trade data this winter by amending current meat, poultry, and egg products import regulations that will reduce data-entry time for inspectors, streamline import documentation requirements and provide the option to file import application data electronically. The final rule covering the new regulations goes into effect Nov. 18. Additional details appear in today's Federal Register (link).
Kansas Supreme Court takes actions on Roberts' race - 9/19/2014 7:35 AM
The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) to remove Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor's (D) name from the November ballot, after Taylor sued to drop out of the US Senate race. But minutes after the unanimous decision, Kobach said the state Democratic central committee had to pick a new nominee by Sept. 26. Kobach said federal law allowed him to postpone mailing ballots for a few days while Democrats decide on a nominee, though it is far from clear he will be able to force Democrats to pick a new candidate. Link to Wichita Eagle article. Link to Topeka Capital-Journal article.
Senate voted 78-22 to approve President Obama's plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels - 9/19/2014 7:21 AM
The Senate move on Thursday came a day after a narrower House vote. Both the House and Senate adjourned until after the midterm elections, when they plan to hold a broader debate on American military action against Islamic State forces. But if Republicans take back the Senate, Congress is likely to use the lame duck session to extend the policy in Syria through a defense policy bill.
Agry customs workers strike began Thurs. - 9/19/2014 6:51 AM
Customs workers in Argentina started a four-day strike Thursday, bringing import and export activity at grain ports to a halt, according to reports from the country. Further, the customs workers union said if no agreement is reached with the government for an increase in wages, they will stage another walkout, this time for five days starting Sept. 24.
Exxon Mobil halts drilling off Russia's remote northern coast - 9/19/2014 6:07 AM
Exxon Mobil said it has halted drilling at the Universitetskaya-1 well off Russia's remote northern coast, in what would be the first clear evidence that sanctions are slowing energy investment in the country. US sanctions gave American companies until Sept. 26 to stop all restricted drilling and testing services, which means Exxon Mobil and Seadrill's North Atlantic Drilling unit would be under the gun to finish or temporarily seal the $700 million well they are developing with Rosneft.
Scotland chooses to stay in the U.K. - 9/19/2014 6:37 AM
The vote showed 55% of voters rejecting independence and 45% favoring it. U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, said he was "delighted" at the result and added that it was time for the U.K. to come together and move forward. Cameron responded to the result by saying that his government would honor a pledge made late in the campaign to grant more powers to Scotland. And he added that England, Wales and Northern Ireland should also have greater independence in how they govern their affairs. The vote's outcome boosted sterling, lifted stocks and reset market expectations for the path of the country's interest rates.
Tonsager nominated to return to Farm Credit - 9/19/2014 5:57 AM
President Barack Obama has nominated Dallas Tonsager to another term on the Farm Credit Administration’s board. He served on the board from 2004 to 2009 before stepping down to become the USDA’s undersecretary for rural development.
Macroeconomic Perspectives -- US housing data | A still-United Kingdom
US housing data | A still-unified UK Read More --9/19/2014 8:20 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Post-FOMC Observations
Sifting through the FOMC Read More --9/18/2014 10:50 AM
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 – Consumer Credit Expansion--9/9/2014 8:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Jobs data behind | The week ahead--9/8/2014 9:07 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US Aug. Employment looms--9/5/2014 7:00 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ECB Rate Cut | Updated Forecasts--9/4/2014 7:58 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sept. 3, 2014--9/3/2014 8:56 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sept. 2, 2014--9/2/2014 8:39 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Aug. 29, 2014--8/29/2014 8:13 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Waiting on the Fed | CPI Dips
FOMC meeting conclusion looms with tame inflation Read More --9/17/2014 10:34 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Watch Begins
Two-day FOMC session starts today Read More --9/16/2014 7:36 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
The week ahead for Sept. 15-20 Read More --9/15/2014 9:35 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Retail Sales and More
Retail Sales and Other Economic Updates Read More --9/12/2014 9:08 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
Multiple factors to determine whether December corn trades $3.25 Read More --9/15/2014 4:28 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean and meal futures continue lower; soybean oil firmer Read More --9/15/2014 4:28 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --9/15/2014 4:28 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--9/15/2014 4:28 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--9/15/2014 4:28 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--9/15/2014 4:28 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--9/15/2014 4:28 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--9/7/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--9/7/2014 8:20 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--9/7/2014 8:20 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--9/7/2014 8:20 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures continue lower after USDA confirms growing supplies Read More --9/15/2014 4:28 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures end their slide late in the week following USDA reports Read More --9/15/2014 4:28 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Update on weekly cotton price outlook Read More --9/15/2014 4:28 AM
Domestic Sugar Update
Numerous changes in domestic sugar market over past year Read More --9/15/2014 4:28 AM