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
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.
      
Belarus to Fix Prices of Food Exported to Russia in Dollars
Country sees higher food exports to Russia in 2015 compared to 2014 Read More --12/22/2014 7:51 AM
Russia to Begin Food Imports From Iran in Jan. 2015 – Rosselkhoznadzor
Grain export limits also noted Read More --12/22/2014 7:34 AM
This Week in Washington --12/21/2014 8:33 AM Read More
Calendar of Economic Events & Reports: Dec. 22-28, 2014--12/21/2014 7:10 AM Read More
China Daily: China Officially Approves Imports of Bayer GMO Soy Variety --12/20/2014 5:46 PM Read More
Media Watch: Dec. 20-22, 2014--12/22/2014 2:09 AM Read More
US, Mexico Reach Final Sugar Trade Accord --12/20/2014 3:40 PM Read More
USDA Dec. Cattle on Feed Gets Neutral Read--12/19/2014 2:58 PM Read More
Iowa Farmland Values Fall from Historic High--12/19/2014 1:11 PM Read More
Food Safety News –– Merger of Two Meat Industry Groups Takes Effect Jan. 1--12/19/2014 1:07 PM Read More
Bloomberg BNA –– New House Subcommittee to Focus on Environment, Energy Regs--12/19/2014 12:00 PM Read More
Obama: Russia Has ‘Not Rolled Me or America’
Says Putin is facing financial and currency crisis Read More --12/22/2014 7:35 AM
Market Monitor: Dec. 22, 2014
Key factors impacting markets Read More --12/22/2014 7:46 AM
Results of Key Economic Reports - Week of Dec. 22, 2014
Reports for the week of Dec. 22, 2014 Read More --12/22/2014 6:16 AM
Week in Review: Dec. 15-21, 2014
News update | Looking ahead | Market recap | News recap Read More --12/22/2014 1:33 AM
Russia’s 2nd largest airline turns to gov’t, creditors for aid - 12/22/2014 7:13 AM
Russia’s second largest airline, Transaero, has turned to the government and to creditors for aid, saying its debts may compel it to ground all of its jets already before the New Year holidays, two separate sources familiar with the situation told TASS. Specifically, it owed 2.5 billion rubles (around $60.7 million by the then exchange rate) to the oil corporation Rosneft and almost 2.0 billion rubles ($48.5 million) to Gazprom Aero company. Devaluation of the ruble sharply deteriorated the economic position of Russian airlines. Vladimir Tassun, the president of the Association of Air Transport Operators said the aggregate losses of Russian airlines might hike six-fold upon the results of 2014 versus the previous year and reach 30 billion rubles/$728 million.
Advisory: USDA Weekly Export Sales delayed until Dec. 29 - 12/19/2014 3:19 PM
USDA’s Weekly Export Sales report for the week ended Dec. 18 will not be released until Monday, Dec. 29, as USDA will be closed on Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. While the report normally would have been released Dec. 26 due to the Thursday holiday, most federal government offices will also be closed that day as President Obama issued an executive order earlier this month closing government offices on Dec. 26.
Boehner formally invites Obama to deliver State of the Union address - 12/19/2014 12:14 PM
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today sent a letter to President Obama formally inviting him to deliver the State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, January 20. In the letter, Boehner says, “The new year will bring a new American Congress, and with it, the opportunity to continue our work to build a stronger economy and secure a better future for our country. In that spirit, it is my honor to invite you to address a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 so that you may fulfill your duty under the Constitution to report on the state of the union and recommend measures for our consideration. Your report will inform our efforts to address the people’s priorities.”
EPA allocates add'l $3.1 bil. for fight against Lake Erie algae blooms - 12/19/2014 11:24 AM
EPA has allocated another $3.1 million from a Great Lakes cleanup fund for efforts to reduce harmful algae blooms in Lake Erie that hit water supplies in Michigan and Ohio. The money will be divided among three federal agencies and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The latest funding is besides $8.6 million in grants from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative awarded to Ohio, Indiana and Michigan in September for algae reduction programs.
Supermarket News –– Walmart enhancing poultry safety measures - 12/19/2014 11:23 AM
Walmart will implement enhanced poultry safety measures for suppliers, designed to further protect customers against food-borne illnesses. The company said all poultry suppliers for its Walmart and Sam's Club stores must be in compliance with the new requirements by June 2016. The new program will require Walmart suppliers to implement "holistic controls from farm to fork" to significantly reduce potential contamination levels, the company said. In addition, suppliers will have to undergo specialized testing to validate that the measures they have implemented are effective, Walmart noted. Walmart said it developed the program in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (link)
Sources: Revised US-Mexico sugar suspension agreement expected today - 12/19/2014 7:26 AM
Usually reliable contacts say details should be released today regarding changes to the tentative US-Mexico sugar suspension agreement. While some US sugar industry stakeholders previously approved an agreement between the US and Mexico to avoid US trade sanctions, the US Commerce Department has been under heavy lobby pressure by some US sugar refiners and producers to reduce the amount of refined sugar that would be allowed to enter the US market from Mexico under the previous deal, and to change the definition of refined sugar.
Obama to hold year-end press conference this afternoon - 12/19/2014 7:17 AM
President Barack Obama gives his annual end-of-year press conference this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET. From there, the First Family heads to Andrews for the late-evening flight to Honolulu for their annual vacation.
113th Congress not the least productive in modern history - 12/19/2014 7:14 AM
113th Congress was not the least productive in modern history. A Washington Post article link notes that a flurry of last minute bills passed this week brought the total number of new laws this session to 297, topping the 284 passed during the 112th Congress. The Senate confirmed more judges (134) than any Congress since 1979-1981, and confirmed 293 executive branch officials, the most since 2010.
CME Group halted electronic wheat futures trade in early AM of Dec. 18 - 12/19/2014 6:28 AM
Electronic trade in wheat futures was halted around 3:49 am CT on Dec. after prices dropped 1.6% in 1 second on Russian export worries, according to a report from Reuters. The 10-second pause was only the fourth time CME wheat futures trade has been halted due to a “stop-logic event.” That type of halt is aimed at slowing extreme price moves to allow liquidity to return. Previous stop-logic event trading halts took place in wheat futures on March 31, in soybean futures on July 16 and in mini-soybean futures on Aug. 12, according to the the exchange.
Deere & Co. exits crop insurance business - 12/19/2014 6:03 AM
As expected months ago, and now confirmed, Deere & Co. agreed to sell its crop-insurance business to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Co. of Iowa, following a strategic review of the unit that began in September. The deal, expected to close in the first quarter of next year, includes the sale of John Deere Insurance Co. and John Deere Risk Protection Inc., which together comprise the crop insurance business of John Deere Financial. Terms were not disclosed. Deere has been involved in the crop insurance business for nine years.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Three Notable Fed Voices Today
Three moving into voting roles in 2015 talk today Read More --12/19/2014 7:49 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC in Rearview | Updated Forecasts
FOMC in the rearview | Update economic forecasts Read More --12/18/2014 1:33 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Focus on Retail Sales--12/11/2014 8:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Data Sparks More Action Talk--12/10/2014 7:54 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China to Set Growth Target--12/9/2014 7:43 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--12/8/2014 7:32 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Keys Ahead of Jobs Data--12/5/2014 7:19 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Beige Book Signals A Still-Growing US Economy--12/4/2014 7:10 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US ADP Data & Global Updates--12/3/2014 8:17 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Officials Start Talking More About Rate Hikes--12/2/2014 8:25 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--12/1/2014 8:40 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Words Key for the FOMC
FOMC conclusion main focal point for the day Read More --12/17/2014 8:28 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Updates | FOMC Begins
FOMC meeting start comes amid energy decline, erratic housing sector Read More --12/16/2014 8:22 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
FOMC conclusion one of the keys Read More --12/15/2014 8:51 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – WSJ Economists’ Views
Expectations near where we have expected the economy to be Read More --12/12/2014 8:42 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 Wheat Update
Wheat futures pare gains ahead of the weekend Read More --12/21/2014 8:21 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Strength in wheat futures supportive to corn market most of week Read More --12/21/2014 8:21 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --12/21/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--12/21/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--12/21/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--12/21/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--12/21/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--12/14/2014 11:36 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--12/14/2014 11:36 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--12/14/2014 11:36 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--12/14/2014 11:36 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean complex futures pressured by NOPA report, energy prices Read More --12/21/2014 8:21 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures turn sideways following lower start to the week Read More --12/21/2014 8:21 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --12/21/2014 8:21 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --12/21/2014 8:21 AM