Issue Monitor
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 Trims Both Fiscal 2015 Ag Export, Import Forecasts
Initial Fiscal 2016 outlook has smallest ag trade surplus since Fiscal 2007 Read More --8/27/2015 5:40 PM
USDA's ERS: Further Depreciation in China's Yuan Likely
USDA agency comments on China currency policy shift Read More --8/27/2015 4:31 PM
Harper: Obama Has Never Linked Keystone to Canada Policy--8/27/2015 10:41 AM Read More
USDA Weekly Export Sales: Big New-Crop Corn & Soybean Sales--8/27/2015 9:05 AM Read More
Clinton: Focus Farm Safety Net on ‘Family Operations’ --8/27/2015 9:10 AM Read More
Agra Europe — EU Ag Min. Hogan Says 'Short-Term' Ag Help Coming--8/27/2015 7:42 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: Aug. 27, 2015 - AM--8/27/2015 7:10 AM Read More
Ag News Briefs: Aug. 27, 2015--8/27/2015 6:32 AM Read More
AGgregator: Aug. 27, 2015--8/27/2015 6:26 AM Read More
The Day Ahead: Aug. 27, 2015--8/27/2015 7:11 AM Read More
WSJ — China Will Remain an Important Commodities Player, Even as Economy Falters--8/27/2015 7:42 AM Read More
WSJ — McDonald’s, Tyson Foods Sever Ties to Poultry Farm Over Alleged Animal Abuse
Video by animal rights group shows abuse at Tennessee farm Read More --8/27/2015 5:33 PM
EIA Sees Challenges for Domestic Distributed Wind Energy
Installations of new turbines reach 10-year low Read More --8/27/2015 12:28 PM
Merkel: Goal Is to End Russia Sanctions Eventually
Leaders of Germany, France and Ukraine will meet with Russia’s Putin when eastern Ukraine issues are resolved Read More --8/27/2015 12:09 PM
Fast Food Restaurants Per Capita Vary Across US: ERS
Population density, tourism seen as key factors in fast food restaurant prevalence Read More --8/27/2015 12:10 PM
USDA expands whole-farm revenue protection nationwide, covering more operations - 8/27/2015 4:31 PM
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection insurance will be available in every county in the US for 2016, USDA announced today. Changes to the policy will help farmers and ranchers with diversified crops, including beginning farmers, organic, and fruit and vegetable growers. They will provide for more access to farmer safety-net programs. Additional changes are designed to increase crop diversity and support the production of a wider variety of foods, USDA noted. Link for details.
Glencore's Viterra Inc to buy Canada crush plant from Felda Global Ventures - 8/27/2015 3:31 PM
Viterra Inc announced it will buy an oilseed processing plant in eastern Canada from Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings. Felda said it would sell the Bécanour, Quebec plant, the largest in eastern Canada, to Viterra for C$190 million ($143.43 mil.). The plant has an annual capacity of 1.05 million tonnes of canola and soybeans, producing vegoil for food and industrial uses along with meal for animal feed.
Egypt's GASC buys Russian wheat - 8/27/2015 3:33 PM
Egypt purchased 60,000 tonnes of Russian wheat at $190.07 per tonne from exporting firm Olam. Bids were also submitted for Ukraine, Romanian and French wheat but were not successful. No US-origin wheat offers were submitted in the tender. Also, Egypt said it would extend its higher moisture content allowance for wheat for one year when it expires at the end of August. However, for the tender issued Wednesday, Egypt indicated the higher moisture exemption did not apply. Egypt also tendered for wheat again Thursday and the higher moisture levels were also not a part of that tender with the results expected Friday.
IGC ups total grain, wheat output forecasts for 2015/16 - 8/27/2015 3:25 PM
Higher wheat and barley crop prospects in former Soviet Union countries and the European Union prompted the International Grains Council (IGC) to revise up their 2015/16 total grain production forecast to 1.988 billion tonnes, up from 1.970 billion tonnes July 30 but still under the record of 2.015 billion tonnes for 2014/15. Total global wheat production is now put at 720 million tonnes, even with 2014/15, but carryover stocks are put at 206 million tonnes, up 4 million tonnes from 2014/15. IGC also raised their forecast for US corn and sorghum production.
Greece closer to Sept. 20 elections - 8/27/2015 6:22 PM
Greek Supreme Court President Vassiliki Thanou Christopoulou has been named caretaker Prime Minister, according to a statement from the office of Greece's President Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Christopoulou would have the task of leading the country to the elections, as the statement from the president's office is "obliged to give the mandate for the formation of the government with the widest possible acceptance in order to hold elections." Expectations still are for a Sept. 20 election, but the date will be formally announced Aug. 28. "I'm especially happy because I'm receiving the first woman prime minister in the history of the Greek democracy, and this is an important step," former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Thanou at a handover ceremony at the prime ministerial mansion.
China central bank deploys unusual currency tool - 8/27/2015 3:15 PM
The People’s Bank of China intervened in the market for US dollar-yuan foreign-exchange swaps, according to the Wall Street Journal, a move that caused their price to fall sharply which implies a stronger Chinese currency and lower interest rates in the future. Source described the situation as involving "massive" orders from a few commercial banks acting on the PBOC’s behalf, the so-called one-year dollar-yuan swap spread plunged to 1200 points from 1730 points Wednesday. That one-year dollar-yuan swap spread is a measure of the implied future differential between Chinese and US interest rates, the WSJ said.
FDA issues warning to tobacco manufacturers over 'additive-free' and 'natural' claims - 8/27/2015 11:21 AM
Warning letters were issued today to three tobacco companies over “additive free” and “natural” cigarette labeling claims. The warnings, for violations of section 911 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, were issued to ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc., and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd. Authority under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009 permits the FDA to undertake regulatory action against the use of “additive-free” or “natural” claims on tobacco product labeling. The letters request that manufacturers respond within 15 working days and explain what actions they plan to take to remedy the violation and come into compliance with the law or, if they do not believe that they are in violation, to provide reasoning and supporting information to the FDA.
West Va. court says no to WOTUS injunction - 8/27/2015 9:24 AM
The EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers are citing a decision from a federal court in West Virginia that only the US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has the legal backing to issue an injunction on the Clean Water Rule (Waters of the US/WOTUS), as two other district courts continue to review the issue. Lawyers for the agencies highlighted the ruling by the US District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, which effectively denied Murray Energy's request to block the rule from taking effect. It now hands the issue to judges in North Dakota and Georgia who still have yet to announce their decisions. In a letter Wednesday, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture called the outreach to states on how to implement the rule "unacceptable" and said more time is needed to explain what is covered under the rule that takes effect Aug. 28. Link to letter.
USDA daily export sales: Soybeans to unknown destinations - 8/27/2015 8:16 AM
Private exporters reported the sale of 130,000 tonnes of US soybeans to unknown destinations for delivery in the 2015/16 marketing year via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
Ukraine agrees to restructuring deal - 8/27/2015 6:20 AM
Ukraine has agreed to a restructuring deal with creditors after five months of talks, giving President Petro Poroshenko some breathing room as he seeks to avert default and revive an economy decimated by war. The agreement will see creditors, including US mutual fund Franklin Templeton, accept a 20% haircut on $18 billion of Ukrainian bonds and push back maturities on government debt by four years. In return they will receive a GDP-linked security that will pay holders a percentage of Ukraine's economic growth from 2021.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – 2Q GDP Data
Data echoes 2014 pattern, though not as robust Read More --8/27/2015 8:32 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Jackson Hole Ahead
Meeting not seen as a format where central bankers 'commit news' Read More --8/26/2015 11:21 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of FOMC Minutes--8/19/2015 8:53 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Data Updates--8/18/2015 9:49 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--8/17/2015 8:46 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – PBOC Seeks to Calm Waters--8/13/2015 8:16 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Still Focal Point--8/12/2015 9:31 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing China Currency Devaluation--8/11/2015 9:01 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--8/10/2015 7:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the Jobs Report--8/7/2015 7:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – More Signs of Chinese Economic Struggles--8/6/2015 10:14 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – China Central Bank Acts
Interest rate, RRR cut among the actions Read More --8/25/2015 8:48 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
China quickly a top central banker focus Read More --8/24/2015 7:53 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week
Fed divided | Global economic worries persist | Housing a bright spot Read More --8/21/2015 7:26 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through FOMC Minutes
Still little to suggest that September rate rise is coming Read More --8/20/2015 9:12 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 27, 2015
Irrigation in US ag | Farm safety net programs | GSP Read More --8/27/2015 9:52 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 23, 2015
Ag disaster assistance | Debt limit | Section 179 and bonus depreciation Read More --8/23/2015 5:33 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 5, 2015--8/5/2015 11:13 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 3, 2015--5/4/2015 7:17 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 26, 2015, Part 2--4/26/2015 12:26 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 26, 2015--4/26/2015 11:35 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 5, 2015--4/5/2015 9:07 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 31, 2015 --3/31/2015 6:30 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 30, 2015--3/30/2015 5:27 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 19, 2015--1/19/2015 5:27 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 18, 2015--1/19/2015 5:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 22, 2015
Nutrition facts label | Foreign investment in US securities | California drought | EPA’s Clean Power Plan | Unfunded mandates Read More --8/22/2015 4:54 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 10, 2015
FY 2016 appropriations | US trade policy concepts Read More --8/10/2015 5:57 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 7, 2015
TAA for farmers | Tax reform | TPP | Debt limit | Meat Animal Research Center | Immigration | Foreign direct investment in US | Puerto Rico | Calif. ag & water use | RFS | Drought in US | Rules of origin | Crop insurance | China | Gas taxes and HTF | COOL | Grain Standards Act Read More --8/7/2015 4:15 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 6, 2015
China | GE food | Export-Import Bank | EPA regs | Ag research Read More --8/6/2015 5:32 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
News from Pro Farmer crop tour supportive to corn Read More --8/22/2015 3:03 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean complex futures decline for second week Read More --8/22/2015 3:03 PM
Weekly Transportation Update --8/22/2015 3:02 PM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--8/22/2015 3:02 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--8/22/2015 3:02 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--8/22/2015 3:02 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--8/22/2015 3:02 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--8/16/2015 11:27 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--8/16/2015 11:27 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--8/16/2015 11:27 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--8/16/2015 11:27 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures continue to slip lower Read More --8/22/2015 3:03 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Acreage, production adjustments tighten Informa’s US S&D Read More --8/22/2015 3:03 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --8/22/2015 3:03 PM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --8/22/2015 3:02 PM