Issue Monitor
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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
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July Precip Recap: Many Areas Below Normal Since June 28
Hefty amounts were seen early in the period Read More --7/28/2014 10:20 AM
Darden Completes Sale of Red Lobster to Golden Gate Capital
Deal totals around $2.1 billion in cash Read More --7/28/2014 10:12 AM
Results of Key Economic Reports - Week of July 28, 2014--7/28/2014 5:23 AM Read More
Media Watch: July 28, 2014 --7/28/2014 4:53 AM Read More
This Week in Washington --7/28/2014 4:11 AM Read More
Week in Review: July 21-27, 2014--7/28/2014 3:30 AM Read More
Calendar of Key Events and Reports: July 28-Aug. 3, 2014--7/28/2014 5:04 AM Read More
Canada-EU Free Trade Deal to be Rejected by Germany: Report --7/26/2014 8:35 AM Read More
USDA Sends OMB Rules for New Dairy Program, Cotton Transition Payments --7/26/2014 8:29 AM Read More
RFS Update from EPA to Come at ACE Confab--7/26/2014 7:42 AM Read More
USDA Cattle on Feed: Placements Fall More Than Expected--7/25/2014 3:06 PM Read More
US Sugar Group: Mexican Export Subsidies Injuring US Producers
US group files new subsidy allegations in case against Mexico Read More --7/28/2014 10:20 AM
Tyson Foods Sees Beef Supply Decline Continuing
Firm inks deal with JBS for Tyson’s Mexican and Brazil poultry operations Read More --7/28/2014 9:50 AM
International News & Foreign Policy: July 28, 2014
White House expects more EU sanctions on Russia | Energy and the EU | Russia responds | US says Russia 'culpable' in Malaysia jet crash Read More --7/28/2014 6:14 AM
Up Front – Congress and White House: July 28, 2014
On tap today and ahead in Congress and White House Read More --7/28/2014 6:09 AM
Russia to appeal ruling re: Yukos - 7/28/2014 9:37 AM
Russia will appeal a ruling by Hague arbitration court on case filed by former majority shareholders of Yukos, Russia's Finance Ministry said, adding that Russia expects “fair” result on appeal from Dutch courts. The minister said the ruling on the Yukos case has “serious flaws” and was “politically biased” and that the decision contracts a prior finding of massive Yukos tax avoidance, and Russia did not ratify the Energy Charter treaty, under which shareholders filed the case.
Weekly status updates from BNSF, CP - 7/28/2014 6:24 AM
An update Friday from Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) stated that, “BNSF Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) have publicly filed their fifth weekly status updates on the backlog in grain shipments. The figures from BNSF show a total of 3,359 past due rail cars in North Dakota averaging 23.6 days late as of July 25, compared to the report last week, which indicated 3,908 past due cars were averaging 26.6 days late. The CP report shows a total of 22,811 open requests in North Dakota with an average age of 11.15 weeks. The previous report showed 23,761 open requests with an average age of 10.72 weeks.”
EPA public meetings begin Tuesday on proposal to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants - 7/28/2014 6:20 AM
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will preview the four two-day meetings (in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh) on a conference call this morning. The heads of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, the National Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups will hold their own call a little later to discuss the benefits of EPA’s plan. Meanwhile, the Heritage Foundation is hosting an event this morning titled, “Extremism at the EPA: A Discussion on Federal Overreach, Regulation Costs, and Climate Realities.”
Highway Trust Fund patch remains patch-less - 7/28/2014 6:18 AM
The Senate agreement last week to proceed to a House-passed rescue of the Highway Trust Fund (HR 5021) called for floor votes to come at “a time to be determined” by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). This week those votes may come. Otherwise, starting Friday, the Transportation Department plans to ration trust fund payments to states for road and bridge project costs. Most observers assume the Senate will not muster 60 votes to adopt any of its planned amendments, and thus will eventually pass the House version that tops up highway and transit program accounts through next May.
Big bank subsidies report - 7/28/2014 6:17 AM
The problem of “too big to fail” will be a focus this week, as a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the subject will be released. A Senate Banking subcommittee chaired by Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown will hold a hearing on the report Thursday. But no major legislative changes are expected even after the report is released.
Prospects for FY 2014 supplemental spending this week dwindling - 7/28/2014 6:16 AM
Major differences continue between the political parties, and some among themselves, regarding supplemental spending legislation to help handle the migrant crisis. But work will continue today and this week on an effort to reach a consensus. If the House and Senate are able to pass their respective measures this week, the bills will serve as a starting point for negotiations in September.
Obama could use executive order re: tax inversions - 7/28/2014 6:07 AM
President Obama could act without congressional approval to reduce the key incentives which allow US corporations to complete tax inversions, said Stephen Shay, a former senior US Treasury Department official. According to Shay, Obama can invoke a 1969 tax law to bypass congressional gridlock and restrict foreign tax-domiciled US companies from using inter-company loans and interest deductions to cut their US tax bills.
Tyson to close 3 US plants - 7/25/2014 4:08 PM
Three facilities in the US will be closed by Tyson Foods, the firm announced today. The facilities in Cherokee, Iowa, Buffalo, New York, and Santa Teresa, New Mexico, are going to be closed as they financially struggling and Tyson said it will allow them to boost production at their other plants. The Iowa plant will close September 27 while the other two facilities will close sometime in early 2015. The firm said 950 workers will be affected by the closures.
US, Russia square off at WTO - 7/25/2014 11:46 AM
Russian officials continue to insist that sanctions imposed by the US and other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) against their country violate international legal obligations. This week in Geneva, the Russian delegation specifically criticized a new round of sanctions announced by the US July 16 in response to the ongoing crises in eastern Ukraine. However, Michael Punke, US ambassador to the WTO, said that prior to instituting its sanctions, the US carefully considered their consistency with its WTO obligations, and US officials are confident that the actions do not violate WTO rules.
USTR Froman touts benefits of free trade agreements for agricultural exporters - 7/25/2014 11:43 AM
Once in effect, free trade agreements currently being negotiated by the Obama administration will provide a major boost for US agricultural exporters by opening markets and improving their bottom lines by trimming costs, US Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman said July 24. He said that once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim countries and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) pact with the European Union (EU) are concluded, the US will have favorable trade terms with two-thirds of the global economy. Link to full remarks.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 28, 2014
The week ahead Read More --7/28/2014 8:07 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 25, 2014
Housing market struggling Read More --7/28/2014 8:09 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 18, 2014--7/18/2014 8:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 17, 2014--7/17/2014 9:00 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 16, 2014--7/16/2014 10:03 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 15, 2014--7/15/2014 7:22 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 14, 2014--7/14/2014 9:47 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 11, 2014--7/11/2014 8:24 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 10, 2014--7/10/2014 8:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 9, 2014--7/9/2014 7:05 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 8, 2014--7/8/2014 7:51 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 24, 2014
Europe, China data positive Read More --7/24/2014 8:50 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 23, 2014
Assessing CPI | Defining PCE Read More --7/23/2014 8:25 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 22, 2014
US data ahead on housing, inflation | Japan lowers outlook Read More --7/22/2014 7:33 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 21, 2014
The week ahead Read More --7/21/2014 8:23 AM
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
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: April 17, 2014--4/17/2014 4:36 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 15, 2014--4/15/2014 3:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 14, 2014--4/14/2014 5:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 13, 2014--4/13/2014 12:45 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 18, 2014
Research tax credit | SNAP | 2014 farm bill | US-Taiwan | Water quality | Global Climate Change Initiative | Disaster aid | Read More --5/18/2014 2:47 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 12, 2014
Rail transport of crude oil | Federal holidays Read More --5/12/2014 6:18 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 9, 2014
Energy efficiency bill | Multilateral development banks | Clear air issues | US-EU beef hormone dispute | Wetlands and CWA | Keystone XL pipeline | Farm bill unfunded programs | Immigration Read More --5/9/2014 6:33 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 6, 2014
Crop insurance and farm bill | Iran sanctions | Tier 3 | Conservation and farm bill | US-Philippines | US-Malaysia Read More --5/6/2014 7:20 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Perception of US corn yield will dictate pace of lower prices Read More --7/27/2014 7:07 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Old-crop soybean futures higher on tight supplies; new crop lower Read More --7/27/2014 7:07 PM
Weekly Transportation Update --7/27/2014 7:07 PM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--7/27/2014 7:07 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--7/27/2014 7:07 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--7/27/2014 7:06 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--7/27/2014 7:06 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures close mixed as traders mull new-crop prospects Read More --7/27/2014 7:07 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures remain subdued while market awaits new-crop supplies Read More --7/27/2014 7:07 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --7/27/2014 7:07 PM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --7/27/2014 7:07 PM