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: EU Wheat Export Licenses Starting to Gain Momentum
Still sizable gap in licenses compared to year-ago levels Read More --11/27/2015 12:00 PM
US Irrigated Fieldcrop Acreage Projected to Decline Under Climate Change
ERS data and analysis Read More --11/27/2015 9:19 AM
USDA Radio Newsline: Nov. 25, 2015--11/25/2015 4:53 PM Read More
House Foreign Relations Panel Leaders Urge Stronger Relations with Argentina--11/25/2015 4:59 PM Read More
Bloomberg BNA — Lawmaker says House TPP Vote Could Take Place in May or June--11/25/2015 4:49 PM Read More
US Ethanol Output Surges to New Record--11/25/2015 3:41 PM Read More
House Members Urge Use Omnibus Spending Bill to Block WOTUS Rule--11/25/2015 2:31 PM Read More
Bloomberg BNA — Tax Deal May Axe Wind and Solar Credits--11/25/2015 2:28 PM Read More
Change in 2015 Grocery Store Food Price Forecast Doesn't Alter Overall Outlook--11/25/2015 12:08 PM Read More
EIA: Thanksgiving Gas Prices at Seven-Year Low--11/25/2015 12:08 PM Read More
US Economic Data Recap: Burst of Data Doesn't Alter Fed Expectations--11/25/2015 11:30 AM Read More
USDA Weekly Export Sales: Biggest Corn Sales Since Jan.
2-MMT-plus in corn sales a market year-high; wheat sales below expectations Read More --11/27/2015 8:29 AM
What Traders Are Talking About: Nov. 27, 2015 - AM
Market factors for today's trading Read More --11/27/2015 7:35 AM
The Day Ahead: Nov. 27, 2015
What's on tap today Read More --11/27/2015 7:20 AM
AGgregator: Nov. 26-27, 2015
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --11/27/2015 5:55 AM
E. coli outbreak traced to celery-and-onion mix - 11/27/2015 6:09 AM
A multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people who ate rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco has been traced to a celery-and-onion mix. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people affected by the outbreak could grow over the next few weeks (even though the product has been removed from store shelves), since the spread of the foodborne illness takes some time to track.
Japan PM orders extra spending - 11/27/2015 6:06 AM
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Cabinet ministers to prepare an extra spending package (likely over ¥3 trillion), including cash handouts for the poorest pensioners, to boost the country's stalling recovery. The measures reflect a new focus for Abenomics, which has been criticized for benefiting mostly big businesses instead of the average citizen. Japanese data for October was also released today. The jobless rate fell to a 20-year low of 3.1%, but household spending sank 2.4% and average incomes dropped 0.9%.
Trespasser caught climbing over fence in front of White House - 11/27/2015 5:32 AM
A man climbed over a fence in front of the White House on Thursday as President Obama and his family were inside celebrating Thanksgiving, the Secret Service said. The man, draped in an American flag, was apprehended moments after he cleared the fence.
USDA turkey hotline, apps operational again - 11/25/2015 3:09 PM
USDA wants consumers to know that a range of resources, from smartphone apps to its 30-year Meat and Poultry Hotline, exist to help consumers through any food preparation conundrums this holiday season, wherever and whenever they may arise. The Hotline (1-888-MPHotline or 1-888-674-6854) has been around for 30 years. Last November they received more than 3000 calls mostly about Thanksgiving dinner.
EPA withdraws approval of Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide - 11/25/2015 3:03 PM
EPA has now withdrawn its prior approval of Dow's Enlist Duo herbicide to be used on GMO crops. The agency said it took the move as they received new information which Dow had not provided prior to the initial approval, saying the new information could lead it to a "different decision" on restrictions for use of the herbicide. EPA previously had approved Enlist Duo, a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate, for use in six states. “We are working with EPA to quickly provide further assurances that our product’s conditions of registered use will continue to protect the environment, including threatened and endangered plant species,” Dow spokesman Garry Hamlin said. “We expect that these new evaluations will result in a prompt resolution of all outstanding issues.”
Vilsack traveling to Brussels, Paris to discuss TTIP, other issues - 11/25/2015 2:23 PM
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Brussels, Belgium Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 and Paris, France Dec. 1 – Dec. 3 to discuss the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), climate change, and global food security. In Brussels, Vilsack will address the European Parliament Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and will give remarks at the EU Agricultural Outlook Conference Dec. 1. He will also meet with European Union Ag Commissioner Phil Hogan. In Paris, Vilsack will attend the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) and will meet with French Minister of Agriculture Stephane Le Foll. Link to release.
France finds first bird flu case in 8 years - 11/25/2015 9:22 AM
A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in France, with an H5N1 strain found in a backyard flock in Dordogne. This is the first find in the European Union's biggest poultry producer since 2007. A monitoring zone of up to 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) has been set up around the site. "The sequencing of the strain is ongoing but it seems that it is a strain already detected in Europe and which until now has presented a low pathogenic profile," the French farm ministry stated. Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll ordered a national intervention emergency plan be put in place that would follow European and international rules. No countries have blocked French poultry shipments as of yet, but Japan, Egypt and Hong Kong all barred French poultry in the wake of prior HPAI events.
USDA daily export sales: Soybeans to unknown destinations - 11/25/2015 7:59 AM
Private exporters reported the sale of 190,000 tonnes of US soybeans to unknown destinations for delivery in the 2015/16 marketing year. The sales were announced via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
European Central Bank is considering more bond buys - 11/25/2015 7:10 AM
"Euro zone central bank officials are considering options such as whether to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next European Central Bank meeting, according to officials," Reuters' John O'Donnell and Frank Siebelt report. "Little over a week before the meeting to set the ECB's policy course, numerous alternatives are open, from snapping up the bonds of towns and regions to introducing a two-tier penalty charge on banks that park money with the ECB. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that even buying rebundled loans at risk of nonpayment has been discussed in preparatory meetings, although such a radical step is highly unlikely for now."
Deere reports earnings well above estimates - 11/25/2015 7:04 AM
Deere & Co, an agriculture and construction equipment maker, posted higher-than-expected quarterly earnings even as weak global demand for farm equipment and soft commodity prices pressured sales. The company forecast sales to be down about 7% in the new fiscal year, with net income attributable to Deere at about $1.4 billion. Net income attributable to Deere fell to $351.2 million, or $1.08 per share, in the fourth quarter ended on Oct. 31, compared with $649.2 million, or $1.83 per share, a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 75 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Will El Nino Help the US Economy?
Could turn tide on what has been consecutive rough first quarters Read More --11/25/2015 9:18 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sizing Up GDP Data
Revised upward, but still under year-ago Read More --11/24/2015 9:55 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead --11/16/2015 7:49 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What Have We Learned This Week--11/13/2015 3:45 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Host of Fed Speakers on Tap--11/12/2015 8:19 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Markets Take China Data in Stride--11/11/2015 10:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Inflation Data --11/10/2015 8:00 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead --11/10/2015 8:02 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data--11/6/2015 7:30 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Economic Forecasts--11/5/2015 11:21 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed's Yellen on the Hot Seat--11/4/2015 8:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Holiday condenses data releases Read More --11/23/2015 10:12 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – December Key Central Bank Month
US Fed, ECB have set December as a key Read More --11/19/2015 2:29 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Keys to Watch in FOMC Minutes
Statement reference to December is likely top focus Read More --11/18/2015 8:45 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – CPI Seen Up on Housing
But a still-tame reading is likely Read More --11/17/2015 7:24 AM
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
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: Aug. 27, 2015--8/27/2015 9:52 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 23, 2015--8/23/2015 5:33 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 22, 2015--8/22/2015 4:54 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 10, 2015--8/10/2015 5:57 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 30, 2015
Natural gas exports and the TPP | GHG pledges | CFTC reauthorization | EPA vessel discharge permits | Fiscal 2016 ag appropriations | Base-broadening tax reform Read More --10/30/2015 3:21 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 22, 2015
Debt limit since 2011 | SBA loan guaranty | WOTUS definition | Congress and WOTUS rule | Animal research and welfare | Chinese economic rise | EPA and water infrastructure Read More --10/22/2015 3:15 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 12, 2015
Biopower and carbon | Japan-US relations | China-US trade issues | New EPA ozone standards | Emerging market growth | Methane sources and reduction | Feed the Future initiative | Relief for disaster damaged roads and bridges Read More --10/12/2015 1:30 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Oct. 9, 2015
Gov't shutdown funding gaps | US trade in services | Legal issues with GE food labelling | Congressional redistricting issues | Highway and transportation funding | International law effects on US law Read More --10/9/2015 4:03 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn market mostly sideways on lack of fundamental price driver Read More --11/22/2015 7:33 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean complex futures lower for fourth consecutive week Read More --11/22/2015 7:33 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --11/22/2015 7:33 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--11/22/2015 7:33 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--11/22/2015 7:33 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--11/22/2015 7:33 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--11/22/2015 7:33 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--11/15/2015 8:39 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--11/15/2015 8:39 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--11/15/2015 8:39 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--11/15/2015 8:38 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures end the week in a mixed tone Read More --11/22/2015 7:33 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures trade choppy for the week Read More --11/22/2015 7:33 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Prices move lower in December, but up in March Read More --11/22/2015 7:33 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Market summary & price outlook Read More --11/22/2015 7:33 AM