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.
USDA Oct. Cattle on Feed Data Slightly Friendly
On feed, placements come in below expectations Read More --10/24/2014 3:19 PM
ERS: Increased Crop Insurance Use has Reduced Ad Hoc Disaster Aid
Agency graphic shows shifts in traditional disaster-related help Read More --10/24/2014 10:18 AM
GOP Charges 'Misinformation' on Water Rule--10/24/2014 6:56 AM Read More
White House, USDA Pressured by Pro-COOL Groups to Appeal WTO Ruling and Reject Congressional Fix --10/24/2014 6:44 AM Read More
USDA: Some of Big Soybean Sales Were Late Reported--10/23/2014 4:54 PM Read More
ERS: Farmers Choosing Higher Levels of Crop Insurance Coverage--10/24/2014 6:10 AM Read More
Yonhap –– South Korea Welcome to Join TPP: Commerce Secretary Pritzker--10/23/2014 10:53 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal ––Venezuela Begins Food Rationing in Some Areas--10/23/2014 10:50 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal –– McDonald's Faces Rising Competition in China--10/23/2014 10:47 AM Read More
USDA Weekly Export Sales: Huge Soybean Sales--10/23/2014 8:17 AM Read More
Outlook for Tax Incentive Extenders--10/23/2014 7:18 AM Read More
ERS Holds Overall 2014 Food Inflation Forecast at 2.5%-3.5%
2015 outlook is for 2%-3% increase Read More --10/24/2014 1:42 PM
Up Front – Congress & White House: Oct. 24, 2014
On tap today and ahead in Congress and White House Read More --10/24/2014 7:19 AM
Mexico Threatens Retaliation on US HFCS If US Triggers Duties on Mexican Sugar
US Dept. of Commerce to rule soon on antidumping case Read More --10/24/2014 7:06 AM
Antibiotics Opponents Want Grocery Stores to Curb Meat Sales
Groups target Trader Joe's Read More --10/24/2014 6:52 AM
Advisory: New electronic livestock futures trade hours start Oct. 27 - 10/24/2014 3:27 PM
Beginning Monday, Oct. 27, electronic trading hours for CME Lean Hogs, Live Cattle and Feeder Cattle futures and options will be as follows on CME Globex:
    Monday – 9:05 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
    Tuesday to Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT
    Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. CT
Open-outcry trading hours for CME Livestock futures and options products will not be impacted by this adjustment to CME Globex trading hours.
USDA announces add’l funding for rural businesses, cooperatives - 10/24/2014 10:25 AM
Some 43 organizations in 27 states will recieve grants and loans to help create jobs and boost economic development activity in rural areas, USDA announced today. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program and the Intermediary Relending Program, with $5.8 million in RCDG awards to 32 recipients, and just over $7 million in loans to 11 recipients under USDA's Intermediary Relending Program. Funding is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. Recipients will use the funds to operate centers to develop or expand rural businesses, especially cooperatives and mutually-owned businesses. The funding can be used to conduct feasibility studies, create and implement business plans, offer technical assistance, establish low-interest loans, and help rural businesses develop new markets for their products and services. Link to read more
Chiquita investors vote down Fyffes inversion - 10/24/2014 8:49 AM
Shareholders in Chiquita Brands International Inc. today voted down the banana giant's plans for a $500 million-plus merger with Ireland's Fyffes PLC, dealing a substantial blow to the ballyhooed tax inversion one day after a pair of Brazilian bidders surfaced with a heftier offer.
Argentine gov't updates 2014/15 crop area outlook - 10/24/2014 6:49 AM
Argentine soybean area planted for 2014/15 is seen at 20.3 million hectares, according to the monthly update from the Argentine government, up from the 19.8 million hectares seeded in 2013/14. The government also trimmed their corn area peg to 5.5 million hectares, down from 5.6 million previously. Wheat area is now seen at 4.6 million hectares for 2014/15, up slightly from their prior figure of 4.5 million hectares.
EPA acknowledges further delay in study of fracking risks to drinking water - 10/24/2014 6:31 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency now is estimating that a study on the risks posed by hydraulic fracturing to drinking water won't reach draft final form until “early 2015,” according to a letter from the agency. The early 2015 time frame was contained in an Oct. 17 letter sent by Philip Strobel, acting director of the EPA Region 8 NEPA compliance and review program in the Office of Ecosystems Protection and Remediation, to a forest supervisor in the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. NEPA refers to the National Environmental Policy Act. The agency originally intended to issue initial results in 2012 and a final report in 2014. The EPA then released only a “progress report” without results in 2012 and said it would issue a draft final report in 2014 and a final, peer-reviewed report in 2016.
Banks in US, EU gear up for stress tests - 10/24/2014 6:02 AM
Thirty-one banks are set to participate in the Fed's 2015 stress tests, which will see how they can withstand pressures such as a spike in oil prices, a rise in the US unemployment rate or an increase in risky corporate loans. The capital plans are due in January. Among the banks that failed last year's tests are Citigroup, HSBC, Santander and RBS. This Sunday, the ECB will release results for stress tests of 130 euro zone banks amid a deteriorating economic outlook for the region.
China launches Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank amid US concerns - 10/24/2014 7:41 AM
China's $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launched this morning, as the US said it had concerns about the new rival to Western-dominated multilateral lenders, such as the World Bank. The new infrastructure bank aims to give project loans to developing nations. "We have concerns about the ambiguous nature of the AIIB proposal as it currently stands, that we have also expressed publicly," said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
NYC doctor tests positive for Ebola - 10/24/2014 7:08 AM
A NYC doctor, who returned to New York ten days ago after treating Ebola patients in West Africa, has tested positive for the virus. Three people who had contact with the doctor, Craig Spencer, have been placed in isolation, and he is being treated in an isolation ward at Bellevue Hospital Center. Spencer reported a fever of 103 degrees Thursday morning. Meanwhile, Mali has confirmed its first case of Ebola, becoming the sixth West African country to report a case of the virus.
RCMP: Wed. Canada shooter acted alone - 10/23/2014 4:32 PM
The gunman who killed a soldier at a national war memorial before moving to the Canadian parliament building in Otttawa where he was shot and killed acted on his own, according to Bob Paulson, commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Policy (RCMP). Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was a Canadian that may have also held Syrian citizenship, Paulson said and there is no evidence to suggest that he was linked to a Quebec incident Monday where two Canadian soldiers were run over by a car and one of them died. “We have no information linking the two attacks this week," Paulson told reporters. “Our partners at the Ottawa police service, and at the RCMP agreed that Zehaf-Bibeau acted alone and that he is the person that perpetrated the attacks at both the war memorial and on Parliament Hill.”
AMS to assume some egg export certification duties from FSIS - 10/23/2014 10:47 AM
Effective Nov. 10, export certificates for food products containing eggs or for egg products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be issued by USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). USDA said its Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) will no longer issue the certificates as of that date. As part of a memorandum of understanding with FDA, AMS is authorized to provide voluntary service functions such as issuing export certificates for egg products regulated by the FDA. Egg products regulated by FDA include shell eggs, hard-boiled eggs, cooked omelets, frozen egg patties, imitation egg products, egg substitutes, noodles, cake mixes, freeze-dried products, dietary foods, dried no-bake custard mixes, egg nog mixes, acidic dressings, mayonnaise, milk and egg dips, foods containing egg extracts, french toast, sandwiches containing eggs or egg products and balut (duck embryo).
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US housing sector struggles
US housing sector primed for rise Read More --10/24/2014 8:05 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Mixed Manufacturing Outlook
Mixed bag of manufacturing data Read More --10/23/2014 8:45 AM
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 – Fed View Gelling | Others Echoing Our View--10/10/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed fears and Fed speakers--10/9/2014 8:51 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Global growth & FOMC minutes--10/8/2014 7:52 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--10/6/2014 9:16 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sept. Employment Looms--10/3/2014 7:26 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Tame Inflation | BOE highlights
CPI data: Still-tame inflation | BOE hawks & doves Read More --10/22/2014 9:27 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Blackout Arrives
Final pre-FOMC Fed views | Housing update Read More --10/21/2014 8:42 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives - Volatility, the Fed and the Week Ahead
Housing updates key among economic updates this week Read More --10/20/2014 3:44 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ECB and US income inequality
ECB moves into focus Read More --10/17/2014 9:21 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
US harvest delay rally could be undermined by drier weather Read More --10/20/2014 4:52 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Speculative buying, limited harvest boost soybean and meal futures Read More --10/20/2014 4:52 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Domestic Sugar Update--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Transportation Update --10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--10/12/2014 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--10/12/2014 9:01 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures follow corn, soybeans higher Read More --10/20/2014 4:52 AM
Weekly Beef Outlook
Long-term market uptrend remains intact Read More --10/20/2014 4:52 AM
Weekly Pork Outlook
Lean hog futures sharply lower Read More --10/20/2014 4:52 AM
Weekly Poultry Outlook
One of the more unusual years for the boneless skinless chicken breast market Read More --10/20/2014 4:52 AM