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 Confirms Add'l HPAI Cases in Minn., Iowa & Wisconsin
Finds include 5.3 million chickens in an Iowa flock Read More --4/20/2015 4:50 PM
USDA Crop Progress: Key Plains HRW Wheat Conditions Declined
Corn, cotton plantings remain behind average; Spring wheat stays well ahead of avg. Read More --4/20/2015 3:31 PM
Philadelphia Inquirer: Port of Philadelphia Could Become Fertilizer Shipping Hub--4/20/2015 11:56 AM Read More
Environmental Groups Revive Suit Against EPA Over Feedlot Reporting --4/20/2015 11:52 AM Read More
Canada, US Continue Standoff on Dairy, Poultry Trade--4/20/2015 11:49 AM Read More
Minneapolis Star Tribune –– Minnesota Truckers, Others Seek to End State's Biodiesel Mandate--4/20/2015 11:48 AM Read More
AGgregator: April 20, 2015, Update--4/20/2015 12:04 PM Read More
Brazilian Agribusiness Assn. Challenges Foreign Farmland Ownership Policy--4/20/2015 11:29 AM Read More
USDA's ERS: California Drought Impact on Food Prices --4/20/2015 10:58 AM Read More
WSJ Interview: Japan PM Abe Says Near TPP Deal w/US--4/20/2015 10:22 AM Read More
UPDATE - Weekend Precip Brings West Corn Belt Activity to Halt--4/20/2015 1:13 PM Read More
Farm Credit Canada –– Grain Companies Working on Western Canada Supply Chain
Hundreds of millions being invested in Port of Vancouver Read More --4/20/2015 2:36 PM
USA Today –– US Gulf, East Coast Ports Prepare for Panama Canal Expansion
Engineers already looking at feasibility of next phase Read More --4/20/2015 2:36 PM
Lake News Online –– Missouri Omnibus Farm Policy Legislation Signed Into Law
Purchases of farmland by foreigners remains capped at 1% Read More --4/20/2015 2:32 PM
US, Others May Target EU w/WTO Action Over Biotech Food Proposal
Four countries join in opposition to proposal under consideration by European Commission Read More --4/20/2015 2:31 PM
Des Moines Register –– Farmers turn to GMO-free crops to boost income - 4/20/2015 2:38 PM
For many Midwest farmers, the burgeoning interest in non-GMO foods has increased how much they get paid to grow crops in fields once populated exclusively with genetically modified corns and soybeans, according to an article in the Des Moines Register. The revenue hike is a welcome benefit at a time when lower commodity prices are pushing farm income down to what's expected to be the lowest level in six years. Consumers, particularly on the West and East coasts, have demanded more GMO-free products because of health and safety concerns. And a number of major food companies have responded. Last year, retail sales of products verified by the Non-GMO Project — the top US certification organization — rose to $8.5 billion, compared with $1.2 billion three years earlier. Despite the torrid growth, it marked a fraction of the $630 billion in total supermarket sales in 2014 estimated by Progressive Grocer Magazine. DMR (link)
Wall Street Journal –– Coke acquires Chinese beverage manufacturer - 4/20/2015 2:37 PM
Coca-Cola has agreed to buy a Chinese drinks business, its first attempt to buy a mainland firm after a high-profile rejection by Beijing of its bid for a maker of juices and nectars six years ago. Coke is buying the beverage business of China Culiangwang Beverages Holdings Ltd. for an enterprise value, which includes debt, of $400.5 million, the companies said Friday. Culiangwang specializes in "multigrain beverages" with flavors such as red bean, walnut and oats. China remains a key growth market for Coke, which has 43 plants in the country after investing billions of dollars in recent years. But its sales in China also have slowed after several years of double-digit growth. Coke's China volumes rose just 4% last year, including a 3% decline in the fourth quarter. WSJ (link)
Volcker calls for a simplified oversight regime for financial services industry - 4/20/2015 12:08 PM
A group headed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker reported today that the federal financial services oversight system badly needed to be streamlined to reduce the risk of the next financial crisis. Under the Volcker plan, a new and independent Prudential Supervisory Authority would combine the current oversight functions of the Fed, the OCC, and the FDIC for banks. The SEC and the CFTC would be merged into one organization and charged with oversight of brokerage firms, money market funds and futures dealers.
Greece adopts emergency funding measure - 4/20/2015 12:06 PM
Following through on its warning from last week, the Greek government today issued a decree forcing all public enterprises – state-owned companies, public pension funds – to transfer their cash reserves to the Greek central bank. The decree was the latest development in the Greek government’s effort to stave off default. Many analysts predict Greece will run out of money next month if no deal with its creditors can be arranged.
Canada's governor-general to visit US Midwest next week - 4/20/2015 11:46 AM
Canadian Governor-General David Johnston will address enhanced cooperation between Canada and the US on trade, agriculture and other issues during a five-day visit to the US Midwest, according to a statement from Johnston's office. The April 26-30 visit to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago and Detroit is his first to the Midwest but fourth to the US since assuming in 2010 the largely ceremonial role as Queen Elizabeth II's representative in Canada. Scheduled events include meetings with Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D) and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), and industry representatives on developing a Canada-US "agriculture innovation corridor."
Financial Times ––Cargill enters its 150th year - 4/20/2015 11:44 AM
Today's Financial Times carries a lengthy article on the history of Cargill as the company approaches its 150th anniversary. Cargill is one of the world's largest privately held companies by revenue, dwarfing many of its rivals in terms of size and the number of agricultural raw materials it trades. Buying, selling and storing grain has been Cargill's core business since it was founded in 1865 by William Wallace Cargill, the son of a Scottish sea captain who emigrated to the US. Starting with a single grain warehouse at the end of a new railway line in Iowa, the business grew quickly. As the railroads moved across the Midwest so did Cargill, building new grain elevators and terminals on the newly settled prairie. The Cargill and MacMillan families came together in 1895 when Cargill's daughter married John MacMillan, who would take control of the company when his father-in-law died. FT (link) 
Jeb Bush calls for RFS phase-out - 4/20/2015 11:42 AM
Former Florida governor and likely Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush says he is concerned about climate change but believes energy conservation and cheap natural gas can be used to address global warming. Bush also said the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandating refiners and others to blend an increasing amount of ethanol and other biofuels into the motor fuel supply "needs to be phased out over a period of time."
Fed's Dudley: Timing of rate hike still unclear - 4/20/2015 11:23 AM
The initial increase in short-term interest rates by the Fed will "hopefully" come yet in 2015, according to New York Fed President William Dudley, but the situation remains driven by data, not the calendar. Since the economic outlook is "uncertain," Dudley said, "I can’t tell you when normalization will occur,” he said. "Timing is data dependent. We will have to see what unfolds." Echoing his recent comments and those by some other Fed members, Dudley reminded that even when the Fed does take that first increase in interest rates, it will still have a very accommodative monetary policy in place.
WSJ: Jon Corzine considering launching hedge fund - 4/20/2015 3:24 AM
Jon S. Corzine, the embattled former MF Global chief executive and ex-chairman of Goldman Sachs, has discussed plans to start his own hedge fund in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, noted the Wall Street Journal. The fund would start with cash from Corzine's personal wealth and a handful of outside investors. Corzine said he had been speaking with about a half-dozen potential investors, and projected around $150 million in assets under management, one of the people said, according to the WSJ. Link to article.
China central bank cuts banks' reserve requirement ratio - 4/19/2015 6:18 PM
China's central bank cut the reserve requirement on bank deposits in a move to let banks lend more of their funds to struggling companies as the economy eases. The People's Bank of China said it was cutting the bank reserve requirement ratio by one full percentage point while it also made other targeted cuts in bank reserves, effective Monday. The move followed a half-point reduction in February and would mean that the nation's bigger banks now need to keep a still robust 18.5% of their deposits on reserve with the central bank.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Light report week and one Fed speaker Read More --4/20/2015 2:48 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US, China & Global Economy
Read More --4/17/2015 7:24 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – WSJ Survey Signals Sept. Rate Hike Expected--4/10/2015 9:54 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC Minutes--4/9/2015 10:27 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Minutes Ahead--4/8/2015 7:19 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Central Banks Stand Pat--4/7/2015 7:20 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the Friday Jobs Data--4/2/2015 12:03 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Confidence & Manufacturing--4/1/2015 9:15 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Assessing Inflation Data--3/31/2015 9:14 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--3/30/2015 8:01 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – GDP, Yellen Wrap Up the Week--3/27/2015 7:20 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Economic Forecasts
First look at 2016 US prospects Read More --4/16/2015 8:49 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – IMF and IEA Outlooks
Energy still intertwined with global economy Read More --4/15/2015 8:12 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer, Inflation Updates Today
Expectations are consumers will have shaken off winter doldrums Read More --4/14/2015 7:23 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Key updates on inflation, consumer activity Read More --4/13/2015 8:28 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 5, 2015
Congress profile | Energy & water appropriations | Drones | Debt limit | Ex-Im Bank | Highway funding | Transportation security Read More --4/5/2015 9:07 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 31, 2015
Iran | Mandatory spending | China-US trade issues | US mfg. | Freight infrastructure issues Read More --3/31/2015 6:30 AM
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Congressional Research Service Reports: March 30, 2015
Pesticides | Crop insurance | TPP | Local food systems | WOTUS | Energy tax incentives Read More --3/30/2015 5:27 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 19, 2015
Keystone XL pipeline | Tax extenders | Ozone standards | Energy policy | Unfunded mandates | Ag land rehabilitation | State minimum wages Read More --1/19/2015 5:27 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 18, 2015
Water quality | Immigration | Islamic State | GSP | Health insurance | EPA regulations | Air quality | Speakers of the House | Clean air | Biomass | China-US trade | China economy Read More --1/19/2015 5:21 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 14, 2015
Crop insurance | GIPSA rule | BCAP | Ag conservation Read More --1/14/2015 4:31 PM
Weekly Beef Outlook
Fed cattle slaughter to trend higher into late spring; approaching seasonal beef price peaks Read More --4/17/2015 5:48 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Weaker dollar and higher soybean futures supportive to corn market Read More --4/17/2015 5:31 PM
Sugar Update--4/17/2015 5:31 PM Read More
Weekly Transportation Update --4/17/2015 5:30 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--4/17/2015 5:30 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--4/17/2015 5:30 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--4/17/2015 5:30 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--4/12/2015 9:50 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--4/12/2015 9:49 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--4/12/2015 9:49 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--4/12/2015 9:49 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean futures bounce back from last week’s sharp decline Read More --4/17/2015 5:31 PM
Weekly Wheat Update
Rains in the Southern US Plains ease concerns, send futures lower Read More --4/17/2015 5:31 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures close below $10.00 for first time since 2010 Read More --4/17/2015 5:31 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --4/17/2015 5:31 PM