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USDA Radio Newsline: July 27, 2016
Wildfire season weather | FSA county committee diversity | FSA county committee duties | August crop report surveys | Food market access, development | GAP food safety certification | Genetics and body mass Read More --7/27/2016 5:01 PM
ERS: Decline in Vegetable Consumption Led by Potatoes
Smaller declines in consumption of other vegetables also seen Read More --7/27/2016 4:11 PM
EIA: Industrial Combined Heat and Power Generation Increases Efficiency--7/27/2016 11:49 AM Read More
AGgregator: July 27, 2016--7/27/2016 9:21 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: July 27, 2016--7/27/2016 8:12 AM Read More
DOJ Asks Court to Keep Some WOTUS Documents Out of Admin. Record--7/27/2016 8:04 AM Read More
Trade Restrictive Policies Being Enacted at Fastest Rate Since 2001: WTO--7/27/2016 8:02 AM Read More
US Presidential Election Update: July 27, 2016 --7/27/2016 7:22 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: July 27, 2016--7/27/2016 7:06 AM Read More
Transportation & Logistics Media Watch: July 27, 2016 --7/27/2016 6:58 AM Read More
World Bank Raises 2016 Oil Price Forecast--7/27/2016 6:35 AM Read More
Farmdoc Daily: Growth in Crop Costs and Cash Rents
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --7/27/2016 2:59 PM
Environmental Groups Create Tool to Identify Palm Oil Investments
Palm oil production a growing cause of deforestation Read More --7/27/2016 2:46 PM
Highlights of US Economic Reports: July 27, 2016
Durable goods | Pending home sales | Mortgage applications Read More --7/27/2016 1:17 PM
Fed: Risks Have Diminished, But Rates Unchanged
Nine of 10 FOMC members voted to leave federal-funds rate at 0.25% to 0.5% | US dollar rallies after statement Read More --7/27/2016 3:29 PM
US District Court in Minn. to rule on motion to dismiss WOTUS lawsuit - 7/27/2016 4:11 PM
A motion to dismiss the lawsuit over the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Waters of the US (WOTUS) rule will be based on the briefs already filed rather than holding arguments on Aug. 5 according to an order from the US District Court for the District of Minnesota. In a text-only order issued late July 25 to the attorneys involved in the litigation, the court said it would rely on the "papers" to rule on the Justice Department motion to dismiss the lawsuit in light of a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit establishing itself as the proper venue to hear complaints against the rule. The court's order responds to a joint request made July 15 by attorneys representing the Justice Department and a coalition of cattle ranchers, led by the Washington Cattlemen's Association. The rule remains stayed nationwide as the result of a Sixth Circuit order in October 2015.
Mexico ratifies WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement - 7/27/2016 12:03 PM
Mexico completed ratification of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) this week. The TFA looks to reduce billions of dollars in global trade costs by instructing WTO members to improve their customs procedures and expedite the movement, release and clearance of goods, among other commitments. The TFA could increase global merchandise exports by up to $1 trillion a year, once it is fully implemented, WTO projects. The agreement will enter into force after 109 of the WTO's 163 members ratify it. As of July 26, 87 economies have ratified the agreement.
Currency manipulation under scrutiny by federal agencies - 7/27/2016 11:16 AM
President Barack Obama directed the Treasury Department to consult with the Office of the US Trade Rep. (USTR) before "undertaking enhanced analysis" of a country engaged in currency manipulation. Under an executive order filed in today's (July 27) Federal Register, the president clarified agency responsibilities under the 2015 Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, known as the customs bill. The law contains a number of provisions aimed at combatting currency manipulation, including enhanced reporting and consultation requirements. The executive order (No. 13,733), delegates a number of functions under the law, and states that treasury is to consult with the secretary of state in making any determination that starting enhanced bilateral engagement with a country engaged in currency manipulation would cause serious harm to US national security. Also, the assistant to the president for economic policy will consult with the treasury, state and commerce secretaries as well as the USTR in making a recommendation to the president on how to respond if treasury finds that a country failed to adopt appropriate policies to correct currency undervaluation and its trade surplus.
President Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. granted release - 7/27/2016 8:49 AM
Hinckley Jr., who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in 1981, is free to leave the psychiatric hospital in Washington where he’s been committed since the trial, a federal judge ruled today. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., granted a request for Hinckley to leave the mental hospital where he's been for decades and live full-time with his elderly mother in Williamsburg, Va.
CFTC whistle-blower receives approximately $50,000 - 7/26/2016 12:45 PM
A whistle-blower will receive approximately $50,000 from the CFTC for providing original information that led to a successful enforcement action, the agency said today. The award is the fourth in the history of the program and the third in 10 months. In its award determination, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said it likely would not have opened an investigation into the case had the anonymous whistle-blower not come forward. Whistle-blower tips are "an increasingly important source of information" for the Enforcement Division, Director Aitan Goelman said in a statement.
Wasserman Schultz will not gavel in Dem convention - 7/25/2016 12:59 PM
Ousted Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasseman Schultz will not gavel in the party convention this afternoon, she told a Florida newspaper. Wasserman Schultz was forced to step aside after months of turmoil and leaked emails that suggest the DNC favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders during the primary. Earlier in the day addressing the Florida delegation, Wasserman was met with a crescendo of boos and signs from supporters of Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, Sanders' supporters booed and interrupted Sanders when he a crowd to vote for Hillary Clinton. "We have got to elect Hillary Clinton president," Sanders said in a rally announcing a new grassroots undertaking. Immediately, boos loudly rained down in the giant ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Trump gains sizable bounce from convention - 7/25/2016 11:41 AM
Donald Trump comes out of his convention ahead of Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House, topping her 44% to 39% in a four-way matchup including independent candidates Gary Johnson (9%) and Jill Stein (3%) and by three points in a two-way head-to-head, 48% to 45%. That latter finding represents a 6-point convention bounce for Trump, which are traditionally measured in two-way matchups. There has not been a significant post-convention bounce in CNN's polling since 2000. Link to CNN item. A second poll also shows a Trump bounce, suggesting some of the media's portrayal of the convention as a fiasco was an errant assessment.
DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns - 7/24/2016 4:17 PM
Debbie Wasserman Schult, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee faced growing pressure to resign in the aftermath of the release of thousands of embarrassing internal email exchanges among Democratic officials. Her resignation takes effect at the end of the Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday. Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates. Longtime Democratic strategist Donna Brazile will take over as interim chair.
Syngenta’s Fyrwald to FT: Brexit may aid faster breakthroughs - 7/24/2016 2:46 PM
Syngenta's chief pointed to Brexit as a boost for UK’s crop regulations, saying he sees the referendum vote to leave the EU as an “opportunity for the UK in agriculture... I think it is an opportunity for the UK in agriculture,” Erik Fyrwald, Syngenta’s CEO, told the Financial Times (FT) in an interview. After Brexit, Fyrwald said the UK would implement science-based rules and would help companies more quickly implement new technology. “Increasingly, the EU regulatory process is becoming politicized.” Post-Brexit, the UK would establish its own system, he said. “Based on everything I have heard, they will make it science based and therefore will have the opportunity to consider maybe more rapidly new technologies that can enhance the competitiveness of UK farmers.” Link to FT article for more details.
Kaine seen as Clinton’s VP pick - 7/22/2016 7:50 AM
Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hiillary Clinton is on the verge of announcing her vice-presidential pick, with Democrats familiar with her search believing she will settle on a Spanish-speaking ally from a battleground state: Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal reported. USDA Sec. Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, and Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey were under consideration until the end, people familiar with the process said. Clinton is likely to announce her selection today via a text message to supporters. On Saturday, she is set to campaign in Florida, a potential stage for a joint appearance with her running mate.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
FOMC headlines the week; next update will be Aug. 1 Read More --7/25/2016 5:11 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Bank of England Brexit Report
No slowdown seen as of yet Read More --7/21/2016 10:25 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts--7/12/2016 5:28 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--7/11/2016 10:55 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch in Jobs Data--7/8/2016 5:10 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing Brexit--7/7/2016 2:18 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Minutes Ahead--7/6/2016 12:38 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--7/5/2016 9:39 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Comments Ahead from St Louis Fed's Bullard--6/30/2016 9:09 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Spending & Inflation--6/29/2016 10:52 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US 1Q 2016 GDP--6/28/2016 8:40 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Views
Some officials setting the stage for rate rise Read More --7/21/2016 10:39 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
Housing updates the main items on the agenda Read More --7/18/2016 1:41 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Voices
Doves still appear to be 'in charge' Read More --7/15/2016 8:21 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – CBO Projections
The rising tide of federal debt Read More --7/13/2016 10:56 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: July 8, 2016
Economic analysis of TPP | TANF block grant legislation | EPA WOTUS rule issues | Economic effects of trade | US-New Zealand relations | US-Japan relations | Child nutrition reauthorization | RFS in brief | Energy tax policy issues Read More --7/8/2016 3:28 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: June 15, 2016
Fiscal 2017 ag appropriations | Financial Services and General Gov't approps | Ag conservation programs | Overtime pay provisions | Methane emission sources and reduction | Financing water infrastructure | Pesticides and water quality | Cuba issues for Congress Read More --6/16/2016 6:10 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 22, 2016--3/22/2016 4:16 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 7, 2016--3/7/2016 3:52 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Feb. 11, 2016--2/11/2016 5:38 PM Read More
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: May 31, 2016
US – Vietnam relations | Fiscal 2017 EPA appropriations | Federal Reserve legislation | Child nutrition reauthorization | Farm Credit System | Fiscal 2017 DOT appropriations | US – Canada softwood lumber issues Read More --5/31/2016 5:28 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: 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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
High US corn condition rating leads to new December contract low of $3.33 Read More --7/24/2016 9:23 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Liquidation of managed money net-long drives soybean, meal futures lower Read More --7/24/2016 9:23 AM
Weekly Beef Outlook--7/24/2016 9:23 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--7/24/2016 9:23 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--7/24/2016 9:23 AM Read More
World Sugar Update--7/24/2016 9:22 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--7/24/2016 9:22 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--7/17/2016 11:42 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--7/17/2016 11:42 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--7/17/2016 11:42 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--7/17/2016 11:42 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Managed monies secure new net-short record as of July 19 Read More --7/24/2016 9:23 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures close lower for a second week as US prepares for large harvest Read More --7/24/2016 9:23 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Cotton shortage caused by supply chain issues is being resolved Read More --7/24/2016 9:23 AM
Weekly Transportation Update
Highlights of transportation issues Read More --7/24/2016 9:23 AM