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.
Chemical Safety Board Calls for Better Regulation of Stored Ammonium Nitrate Fertilizers
Storing explosives in wooden structures seen as a bad idea Read More --4/23/2014 10:00 AM
New York Times –– Next Generation Dairies Equipped with Robotic Milking Machines
Cows, dairy producers both happy with mechanized milking Read More --4/23/2014 9:59 AM
EPA Scales Back 2013 Cellulosic Biofuel Volume--4/23/2014 6:48 AM Read More
Bernanke: US Economy on the Right Track--4/22/2014 5:30 PM Read More
CME Group Details New Variable Price Limits for Grain, Oilseed Futures--4/22/2014 3:20 PM Read More
Crop Insurance Indemnities Reach $11.8 Billion for 2013 Crops--4/22/2014 2:18 PM Read More
US Troops Set to Conduct Military Exercises Near Russian Border--4/22/2014 2:15 PM Read More
US, Japan Unlikely to Announce Bilateral TPP Accord at Obama, Abe Summit--4/22/2014 1:34 PM Read More
Agra Europe –– EU, Japan Exchange Market Access Offers--4/22/2014 12:49 PM Read More
Agra Europe –– Mercosur Reportedly Agrees on Market Access Offer for EU--4/22/2014 12:49 PM Read More
Ukraine on Alert as Politician Killed --4/22/2014 12:15 PM Read More
China Continues to Talk Down Stimulus Possibilities
But latest statements leave some ‘wiggle room’ Read More --4/23/2014 9:37 AM
USDA Ag Attaché Reports
Argentine oilseeds | Canada oilseeds | Taiwan oilseeds | Australia cotton | Brazil sugar Read More --4/23/2014 7:04 AM
US Farm Group Warns Brazilian Beef Could Contaminate US Food Supply
National Farmers Union warns USDA not to allow beef imports from Brazil Read More --4/23/2014 6:46 AM
Push On to Extend Comment Period for Water Rule
Just one of several steps groups will try to alter controversial proposed rule Read More --4/23/2014 6:01 AM
Agra Europe –– EU farm lobby sets out demands for new members of Parliament - 4/23/2014 10:00 AM
Copa-Cogeca, Europe's primary farm lobby, has called on the European Parliament to push agricultural research and innovation over the next six years and uphold the bloc's high production standards in trade deals, so farmers can get a better return from the market. It says successful implementation of the reform of Europe's Common Agricultural Policy must be a priority and stresses that the agri-food sector can help the EU overcome its economic woes, in a "manifesto" issued for the upcoming European Parliament elections. The elections in May will see a total of 751 MEPs elected from the 28 EU countries, for the period 2014-2019. A new European Commission will also be appointed following the Parliament elections, with the new Commissioners to start work in November.
Wall Street Journal –– Fights over water distribution increase during prolonged drought in Southwest - 4/23/2014 10:00 AM
As water managers in the Southwest parcel out scarce water to cities and farmers in a prolonged drought, environmentalists are threatening to sue them for not leaving enough for a tiny fish called the Rio Grande silvery minnow. WildEarth Guardians maintains that the minnow's numbers are dramatically shrinking because water users in Colorado and New Mexico are siphoning off too much water before it reaches the fish's main remaining habitat on the Rio Grande. The nonprofit group, which focuses on nature preservation in the West, notified federal and state agencies earlier this year that it intends to sue them to ensure better conditions for the minnow, which has been listed as an endangered species since 1994. The minnow dispute is one of many challenges federal and state officials face as they try to balance the legal rights of critters protected under the Endangered Species Act with the realities of the drought. WSJ (A-3)

Senators push for funding vaccine for PEDv - 4/23/2014 6:06 AM
Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) said she is continuing efforts to address the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) that is devastating pork producers in North Carolina and significantly impacting the agricultural economy. Hagan led a group of six Senators in sending a letter to Senate Appropriations Committee leaders requesting funding to help develop a vaccine to stop the spread of the disease. No treatment currently exists for PEDv, which has killed millions of pigs across the United States and impacted 562 farms in North Carolina alone, she noted.
Less pork but more beef in freezers - 4/23/2014 4:43 AM
March 31 pork stocks were 575.223 million pounds and beef stocks were at 202.754 million pounds, according to USDA’s monthly Cold Storage report. Those figures were about 54 million pounds under the average trade estimate for pork and about 3.2 million pounds more than expectations for beef. The March figures were down more than 70 million pounds from month-ago for pork and beef stocks just 4.8 million pounds higher than February. Total poultry stocks of 925.853 million pounds were nearly 68 million pounds lower than February levels.
Report on US jobs and economic benefits from renewable fuels industry to be released tomorrow - 4/22/2014 2:08 PM
On Wednesday at 11:30 AM ET / 10:30 AM CT, the Fuels America coalition will release a new report that details the economic footprint of renewable fuels in the US. The group noted that with motorists spending about $1 billion per day on foreign oil, the report will show the local economic benefits of producing ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuels here at home — including the number of jobs supported, total wages paid, tax revenues and overall economic impact. Fuels America is a coalition of organizations “committed to protecting America’s Renewable Fuel Standard and promoting the benefits of all types of renewable fuel already growing in America. Fuels America is founded on a simple core principle: Renewable fuel is good for the US economy, for our nation’s energy security and for the environment." Link
Boozman undergoing emergency heart surgery - 4/22/2014 12:00 PM
Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) is undergoing emergency heart surgery. His office confirmed a report from the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal (link), but did not provide any further details other than to note in a statement that he “is receiving excellent care,” adding that, “additional updates will be provided by his Senate office once more information is available.” The paper reported that Boozman was taken to the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas emergency room by ambulance. The hospital is located in Rogers, Ark., in the northwest corner of the state. Boozman, 63, is the junior senator from Arkansas, serving since 2011. He previously served in the House, representing the 3rd District.
Less wheat area, more canola expected in Canada for 2014 - 4/22/2014 9:13 AM
Thursday will bring the release of planting intentions data from Statistics Canada, and expectations are for more wheat and less canola compared to 2013, according to a pre-report survey of traders by Reuters. Total wheat plantings are expected to be at 24.4 million acres, a 7 percent decline from 2013. For canola, farmers are expected to plant 21.1 million acres to the oilseed, up 6 percent from 2013 but still behind the 2012 record of 22 million acres. The marketing struggles experienced by Canadian farmers after the hefty 2013 harvest are affecting planting intentions, according to traders.
Argentine gov’t proposes eliminating some taxes for biodiesel producers - 4/22/2014 8:14 AM
Some of the taxes on biodiesel manufacturers in Argentina would be eliminated under a proposal Argentine President Cristina Fernandez called on their Congress to approve in a bid to help the industry cope with a loss of exports to the European Union (EU). The EU hit Argentine biodiesel with antidumping duties and industry officials expect this will cut exports in 2014 by nearly 40 percent. “We are in a trade war,” Fernandez said as she announced the plan. The provision, if approved, would be in place until Europe ends the duties.
Canadian Pacific profit rises more than expected - 4/22/2014 8:10 AM
Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. posted better-than-expected first-quarter profit on slightly stronger revenue, even as harsh winter weather during the first three months of the year hampered operations. The Calgary, Alberta-based railway operator, Canada's second biggest, said results were a first-quarter record and that despite a slow start to the year and reduced capacity, which hurt its ability to meet customer demand, it expects to meet financial targets for the year. Canadian Pacific's first-quarter earnings rose 17 percent to 254 million Canadian dollars ($230.6 million), or C$1.44 a share, from C$217 million, or C$1.24 a year earlier. Results beat the C$1.41 a share analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting. Revenue edged up to C$1.51 billion from C$1.50 billion, in line with analyst expectations.
Iraq producing more oil than under Saddam Hussein, but weak infrastructure complicates exports - 4/22/2014 7:56 AM
Today's Wall Street Journal includes an in-depth report on the ongoing issues with oil storage and pipeline infrastructure in Iraq that are keeping the country’s oil industry from reaching its potential. With Iraq predicted to provide the bulk of global oil production growth in the next 20 years, the stakes are high not just for the country, but world oil markets too, the article concludes. Link to article.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 23, 2014
Housing data | Bernanke’s lament Read More --4/23/2014 7:46 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 22, 2014
Housing data | China on the tight rope Read More --4/22/2014 8:58 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 14, 2014--4/14/2014 7:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 11, 2014--4/11/2014 8:20 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 10, 2014--4/10/2014 7:37 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 9, 2014--4/9/2014 8:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 8, 2014--4/8/2014 8:16 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 7, 2014--4/7/2014 7:55 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 4, 2014--4/4/2014 7:15 AM Read More
AM Monitor - April 4, 2014--4/10/2014 9:24 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 3, 2014--4/3/2014 8:58 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 21, 2014
The week ahead Read More --4/21/2014 8:33 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 17, 2014
Yellen lays out Fed factors Read More --4/17/2014 7:39 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 16, 2014
Sifting through China data | Europe deflation worries rise Read More --4/16/2014 8:08 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – April 15, 2014
CPI comes in as expected | Consumers emerge from winter Read More --4/15/2014 9:38 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 22, 2014
RFS waiver authority Read More --4/22/2014 6:36 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 21, 2014
Farm bill | Bee health | Former presidents | Federal budget overview | Sugar program Read More --4/21/2014 5:01 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 11, 2014--4/11/2014 9:16 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 10, 2014--4/10/2014 9:06 AM Read More
CRS Outlines Limits of Presidential Executive Orders--1/31/2014 11:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 21, 2014--1/21/2014 10:15 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 16, 2014--1/16/2014 4:59 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 13, 2014 --1/13/2014 1:43 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 11, 2014 --1/11/2014 5:38 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 10, 2014 --1/10/2014 2:49 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 8, 2014 --1/8/2014 1:20 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 17, 2014
Earned Income Tax Credit | US-Russia | Tax extenders | US crude, oil production | US-Taiwan | Aid to North Korea | US-Ukraine Read More --4/17/2014 4:36 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 15, 2014
SPS, non-tariff barriers to ag trade | Budget Control Act Read More --4/15/2014 3:21 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 14, 2014
Dairy policy in 2014 Farm Bill | Waters of the US | Renewable electricity production tax credit Read More --4/14/2014 5:21 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 13, 2014
Sugar policy and 2014 Farm Bill | Air quality and animals | BCAP | Ag appropriations | 2014 Farm Bill | Animal waste | Energy provisions in farm bill | US farm income | Eggs and hen welfare | Food stamps, LIHEAP and farm bill | Brazil WTO cotton case | Ag disaster assistance | Farm bill provisions | GIPSA rule Read More --4/13/2014 12:45 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Traders book profits ahead of holiday on warmer forecast Read More --4/20/2014 5:37 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Strong NOPA crush propels soybean complex futures higher Read More --4/20/2014 5:37 PM
Weekly Beef Outlook--4/20/2014 3:24 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--4/20/2014 3:24 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--4/20/2014 3:23 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--4/20/2014 3:23 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--4/13/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--4/13/2014 8:14 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--4/13/2014 8:08 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--4/13/2014 7:58 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--4/13/2014 7:52 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Futures turn higher on US production concerns Read More --4/20/2014 5:37 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures slip lower in quiet week Read More --4/20/2014 5:37 PM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --4/20/2014 5:37 PM
Weekly Transportation Update
STB advances new rules Read More --4/20/2014 3:24 PM