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.
KC Fed Symposium Addresses Structural Changes in Global Agriculture
Ag institutions need to be nimble enough to respond to rapidly changing conditions Read More --10/31/2014 12:56 PM
Signup for Crop Insurance Pasture & Rangeland Coverage Ends Nov. 15
USDA offers tools to help producers choose option that is right for them Read More --10/31/2014 12:57 PM
IRS May Delay Filing Season if Tax Extenders Uncertainty Lingers Into December--10/31/2014 4:36 AM Read More
Vilsack Again Talks About Next Steps for US COOL Rule--10/31/2014 4:24 AM Read More
Media Watch: Oct. 31, 2014--10/31/2014 4:26 AM Read More
Russia and Ukraine Reach Gas Deal Until March --10/31/2014 3:42 AM Read More
Bank of Japan Unexpectedly Eases Policy--10/31/2014 3:47 AM Read More
Froman: No TPP Deal by APEC Summit in November--10/31/2014 3:23 AM Read More
Media Watch: Oct. 30, 2014 – Update 2 --10/30/2014 7:30 PM Read More
USDA Reopens Comment Period on Plan to Import Argy Beef--10/30/2014 2:05 PM Read More
COOL Reform Coalition Sends Congress Letter--10/30/2014 1:51 PM Read More
Crop Insurance Indemnities for 2014 Crops In Similar Areas as 2013
Payouts were about $1.6 billion more at this point in 2013, but in similar locations Read More --10/31/2014 11:41 AM
Up Front – Congress & White House: Oct. 31, 2014
On tap today and ahead in Congress and White House Read More --10/31/2014 5:22 AM
EIA: Lifting Oil Export Ban Would Not Increase Gasoline Prices for Consumers
Report says US gas prices influenced more by international crude prices than by domestic oil prices Read More --10/31/2014 5:18 AM
Moniz Pushes Renewal of Energy Tax Credits, Vows Continued Work on Climate Change
Energy Sec. punts on Keystone, crude exports Read More --10/31/2014 5:05 AM
USDA: China lifts suspension on Washington-state apples - 10/31/2014 2:14 PM
China is lifting its suspension of red and golden delicious apple imports from Washington State, a market valued at $6.5 million in 2011, according to USDA. In 2012, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) suspended access for Washington red and golden delicious apples due to the repeated interception of three apple pests AQSIQ considers significant: speck rot, bull's-eye rot, and Sphaeropsis rot. To lift this suspension, USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) worked with the US apple industry to develop additional safeguarding measures that address China's concerns about these pests.
Wall Street Journal –– Food manufacturers concoct new flavors - 10/31/2014 11:21 AM
Americans have a growing appetite for food with bold and exotic tastes and textures, which in recent decades has spurred companies to add thousands of new flavorings, spices, colorings, thickeners and preservatives to their recipes, shaking up the country's menu. Lately, however, the technological advances are colliding with burgeoning demand for more-natural food with simpler ingredients, which many consumers regard as healthier. Balancing these overlapping trends is proving tricky for the food industry, which is under pressure to find reliable, inexpensive natural sources of ingredients long synthesized in labs, according to a lengthy article in today's Wall Street Journal. WSJ (B-1)
Wall Street Journal –– Breakfast cereal sales continue to lag - 10/31/2014 11:19 AM
Kellogg on Thursday said its sales fell 2.1% to $3.64 billion in the latest quarter while profit slipped about 3% to $224 million. That came a day after Kraft Foods Group Inc. reported an 11% drop in quarterly profit on roughly flat revenue of $4.4 billion. Sales at Kellogg's most important business, US morning foods, fell 4.8% to $841 million, while US snacks sales fell 4.2% to $849 million. The US economic slump that began nearly seven years ago, and the slow recovery since, took a toll on food companies. But with economic growth returning to a somewhat healthier clip, Kellogg CEO John Bryant said other issues are now weighing on sales. "Views on health and wellness are evolving, and that's impacting the business more than economic pressure," Bryant said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. WSJ (B-3)
Cargill loses tax case in Brazil - 10/31/2014 11:05 AM
The Administrative Tax Court of São Paulo, Brazil, has ruled against Cargill in a case involving the taxation of exports. In general, exports of manufactured goods in Brazil don't have to pay the state value-added tax. But the tax court ruled Oct. 27 that Cargill violated a regulation regarding indirect exports that occur when one company buys products from another and then exports these products. In the Cargill case, the company sold the products it had purchased from a Brazilian manufacturer of sugar cane derivatives to a third company, which then exported them. The court also upheld an assessment of $320,000 filed by the state tax department against Cargill.
Some raising questions about soybean protein content - 10/31/2014 3:15 AM
While supplies of new-crop soybeans reaching US processors have been light so far, some are already warning that the protein levels may be subpar. Conditions that affected the crop including a rainy spring and dry conditions near maturity are ones being cited as potential factors. However, others indicate they’ve seen no issues with protein levels in newly harvested beans. Still, this may be a point to watch and could further impact meal futures.
In major move, Japan huge pension to shift to stocks - 10/31/2014 3:12 AM
Japan's welfare minister is expected to approve a new portfolio for the country's $1.2 trillion pension today, a move observers believe will have a significant impact on financial markets. The new portfolio will cut the fund's 60% target allocation to Japanese bonds by roughly half and sharply increase weightings to Japanese stocks and foreign assets.
CME reports third-quarter earnings rose 23% - 10/30/2014 11:34 AM
CME Group said Thursday its third-quarter earnings rose 23%, driven by higher average daily volumes and lower expenses. The world's largest futures market reported net income of $290 million, or 86 cents per share, in the quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with $236.7 million, or 71 cents per share, in the year-ago period.  CME bounced back from a disappointing second quarter when earnings fell 15%. The company said average daily volume was 13.5 million contracts, up 12% from the same period a year ago. Revenues were $762.4 million, up 6.7%, from a year ago.
California's emergency drought orders challenged in court - 10/30/2014 11:26 AM
Farmers in California's San Joaquin Valley have filed a lawsuit challenging drought-related emergency orders the state issued to manage the scarce water supplies. The plaintiffs said the decisions illegally curtailed their rights to water deliveries. At issue is the state water board's failure to honor senior water rights and the imposition of "health and safety" use limitations on the US Bureau of Reclamation water exports. Without the water deliveries, the farmers had to switch to groundwater. The pumping has lowered the water table and many wells have dried up in rural areas.
Wall Street Journal –– Inside the Mars chocolate factory - 10/30/2014 11:20 AM
Today's Wall Street Journal runs an in-depth article about the privately held Mars candy-making company. Still owned by its founder's descendants, Mars is one of the largest closely held companies in the US. That helps insulate it from the short-term pressures that publicly traded rivals face to slash costs and split off pieces of the business that don't fit well. Mars says its businesses fit together just fine. WSJ (B-1)
Climate change could lead to greater civil unrest: UK report - 10/30/2014 11:10 AM
A number of developing nations face extreme risks as a result of climate change, exacerbating the chances of civil conflict, according to a new study (link) by U.K. researcher Maplecroft. The 10 nations likely to be most affected include, in order, Bangladesh, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Nigeria, Chad, Haiti, Ethiopia, the Philippines, the Central African Republic and Eritrea. In total, Maplecroft reported 32 countries out of 196 surveyed face that level of threat. The threatened nations all depend heavily on agriculture, which accounts for 28% of their combined economic output relying on farm-related revenue, and 65% of the working population employed in the sector, according to Maplecroft. The climate risk combined with food insecurity act as "threat multipliers" escalating the danger of civil conflict, it said.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Central Banks in Focus
Japan shows central banks still show they can surprise Read More --10/31/2014 7:54 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC in the rearview & GDP ahead
FOMC afterglow and key economic update today Read More --10/30/2014 7:29 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Mixed Manufacturing Outlook--10/23/2014 8:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Tame Inflation | BOE highlights--10/22/2014 9:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Blackout Arrives--10/21/2014 8:42 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives - Volatility, the Fed and the Week Ahead--10/20/2014 3:44 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ECB and US income inequality--10/17/2014 9:21 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Where is the Consumer?--10/16/2014 8:24 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US Economy, Bond Yields and More--10/15/2014 11:35 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Defining Considerable Time | More Downbeat Europe Data--10/14/2014 7:44 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--10/13/2014 10:49 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC
Post-meeting statement will be THE focal point Read More --10/29/2014 7:52 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Durable Goods Data a Worry?
Durable Goods data continues uneven recovery pattern Read More --10/28/2014 8:09 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Key for the week ahead
FOMC Wed. meeting wrap up main attention-getter Read More --10/27/2014 2:20 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US housing sector struggles
US housing sector primed for rise Read More --10/24/2014 8:05 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
Waiting game for next price, yield increase, or export reduction Read More --10/27/2014 2:48 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean futures rally on tight meal supplies, strong soybean sales Read More --10/27/2014 2:45 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --10/27/2014 2:24 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--10/27/2014 2:21 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--10/27/2014 2:20 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--10/27/2014 2:20 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--10/27/2014 2:20 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update --10/20/2014 4:52 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update --10/20/2014 4:52 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update --10/20/2014 4:52 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--10/20/2014 4:52 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures sell off Friday, end the week mixed Read More --10/27/2014 2:41 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures turn lower after breaking below support at $12.50 Read More --10/27/2014 2:38 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market | China canceling sales Read More --10/27/2014 2:35 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --10/27/2014 2:27 AM