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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.

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Stronger Rules of Origin Expected to Underpin NAFTA Negotiations
Stricter rules on original content likely Read More --2/24/2017 5:19 PM
USDA Radio Newsline: February 24, 2017
Cotton acreage may increase this year | Dairy operations may see improving returns this year | Potential for another record meat production year | Soybeans in 2017 | 2017 corn outlook | Farm Bureau president on USDA nominee | La Nina | Stormy Spring wx seen | Slow broiler industry growth seen over next decade Read More --2/24/2017 4:59 PM
US Weekly Oil Rig Count Up Five, Sixth Straight Week of Gains--2/24/2017 12:43 PM Read More
USDA Announces Increase in FY 2017 Specialty Sugar Tariff-Rate Quota--2/24/2017 12:39 PM Read More
AGgregator: February 24, 2017--2/24/2017 12:32 PM Read More
Issue Monitor Perspectives: USDA Outlook Forum Hallway 'Gleanings'--2/24/2017 12:20 PM Read More
USDA Outlook Forum: Corn, Soybean & Wheat Plantings to be Lowest Since 2011--2/24/2017 5:49 PM Read More
Markets, Budget and Economy News Briefs: February 24, 2017--2/24/2017 10:21 AM Read More
Politics and Elections News Briefs: February 24, 2017--2/24/2017 10:11 AM Read More
Energy News Briefs: February 24, 2017--2/24/2017 10:03 AM Read More
Senate Agriculture Committee Holds First New Farm Bill Field Hearing--2/24/2017 9:55 AM Read More
EIA: US Crude Oil Imports from Saudi Arabia, Iraq
Imports recently increased, but may decline soon Read More --2/24/2017 4:49 PM
ERS: US Corn Use
Expected to grow through 2026 Read More --2/24/2017 3:29 PM
Farmdoc Daily: Mapping the Farm Bill – House Ag Committee and the 2018 Debate
Highlights of report released by Farmdoc Daily Read More --2/24/2017 3:24 PM
USDA Transportation Report: Rail Disruptions in the West
Service outages, congestion, delays seen Read More --2/24/2017 3:17 PM
Ag Transportation Coalition weighs in on truck weights - 2/24/2017 2:25 PM
The Agriculture Transportation Coalition this week asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to update federal standards on weight limits for trucks traveling on Interstate highways. A 1982 law limits truck to 80,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, and a 1991 law froze weights for longer combination vehicles. In a letter to the Department of Transportation secretary, the coalition pledged to “work with your agency to modernize these outdated regulations and increase allowable limits to reach a common sense solution for US agriculture exporters.” It pointed out that agricultural exports, such as hay, frozen meat protein, soybeans and forest products, shipped in ocean containers often “weigh out” and exceed truck weight limits before storage capacity is reached inside the containers. “We support common-sense truck weight limit modernization, whereby the gross vehicle weight is increased on Interstate routes and at critical connector routes at land and sea ports provided that the heavy weight truck configuration meets specific criteria,” the coalition wrote.
Legislators in the UK to consider changes to Brexit bill next week - 2/24/2017 10:22 AM
Legislators in the UK will consider changes to the Brexit bill next Monday and Wednesday that may address the rights of EU citizens in Britain and give parliament a binding vote on the final deal. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party scored a victory in the Copeland by-election, the first such win in an out-of-cycle test for the incumbent party since 1982. UK 10-year gilts are trading at their lowest level since before the US election.
GAO will review animal research transparency - 2/24/2017 9:42 AM
The Government Accountability Office (GAO has agreed to a bipartisan request to review how the federal government conducts animal research, Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) said late Thursday. The event was organized by the White Coat Waste Project, a nonprofit that advocates against taxpayer funding of animal research. "Their review is going to take some time," Titus said. "I'm proud it is now underway; they've accepted it, and this issue is finally getting the attention it deserves."
US port shutdowns possible - 2/24/2017 9:37 AM
Ports along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts could shut down as soon as next week as members of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) plan to protest hiring practices. The Agriculture Transportation Coalition (ATC) is concerned. "The impact of such an action would be devastating to one of the most important sectors of the US economy," Peter Friedmann, president of the group, said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "We ask that you bring your experience and office to bear to prevent such a shutdown, and to protect the export economy from injury that in some cases will be irreversible." The ATC knows the experience of a port shutdown, having dealt with one on the West Coast less than two years ago. "For every day a terminal is shut down, it takes at least six days to recover, in many cases longer," Friedmann warns in his letter.
Chinese bus, truck tires escape duties - 2/23/2017 4:54 PM
Imports of bus and truck tires from China are not hurting US industry and will not be subject to trade remedy duties, the International Trade Commission (ITC) announced February 22. The ruling is a loss for the petitioner, the United Steelworkers union, and means that the tires will escape antidumping duties of up to 22.57 percent and countervailing duties of up to 65.46 percent.
IGC updates global grain production outlook - 2/23/2017 1:11 PM
Global grain production in 2016/17 is now expected at 2.102 billion tonnes, up 8 million tonnes from a January outlook from the International Grains Council (IGC). "Australia accounts for much of this month's adjustment, including record harvests of wheat and barley, while prospects for maize (corn) improved in South America," the IGC said. Global corn production in 2016/176 is now put at 1.049 billion tonnes, up 4 million tonnes from month-ago on more Brazil and Mexican corn production. The IGC raised its forecast for world soybean production in 2016/17 by 2 million tonnes to a record 336 million tonnes on improved South American weather.
Argentina expects record wheat crop - 2/23/2017 1:11 PM
Argentine 2016/17 wheat production is expected to be a record 18.3 million tonnes, with 11 million to 11.5 million tonnes of that available for export, according to Agriculture Minister Ricardo Buryaile. "This is the biggest harvest in Argentina's history," he told journalists. Corn production for 2016/17 is expected around 40 million tonnes, close to the year-ago output, he noted, with domestic consumption of 16 million tonnes, leaving the remainder available for export.
McDonald's to cut drink prices in bid to boost sales - 2/23/2017 9:15 AM
McDonald's diners will soon be able to quench their thirst for as little as a dollar. Starting in April, soft drinks of any size will cost a buck, while McCafe specialty drinks will sell for $2. McDonald's has been looking for ways to boost profits and sales, making its popular breakfast items available all day, and recently rolling out a smaller and jumbo-sized version of its iconic Big Mac.
WTO head comments about Trump trade policy frictions - 2/23/2017 9:06 AM
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has the tools to handle many of the trade concerns raised by President Donald Trump, Director-General Roberto Azevedo said, seeking to calm worries that the new US administration could usher in a new era of protectionism. “I heard the US team complaining about unfair trade,” Azevedo said in a Bloomberg Television interview from Geneva on Wednesday. “Every single country in the WTO complains about unfair trade. What you do about that is the big question.” Azevedo said he is waiting for details of the Trump administration’s trade policy before making any judgments. Trump last month signed an order to withdraw the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and plans to open talks to renegotiate NAFTA, the 23-year-old deal binding the US, Canada and Mexico. Some US lawmakers are also proposing a border tax on corporation imports. “In trade, the devil is in the details,” said Azevedo.
US grain shipping delays provide opening for Chinese corn exports - 2/23/2017 9:02 AM
Major Asian grain buyers continued to be wooed by China as delays in shipping US corn out of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) are creating an opportunity, according to Reuters. While noting the volumes thus far are tiny, the news service said details are being finalized for a 15,000-tonne purchase of Chinese corn from state-run COFCO by Japan's Mitsubishi, with the cargo expected to ship next week. Despite Chinese prices above US-origin supplies, the report said at least two more deals were being worked on by Japanese importers.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Dovish tone for the Fed | Existing home sales rise | New home sales stumble Read More --2/24/2017 2:56 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC Minutes
Keys to watch in meeting recap Read More --2/22/2017 10:11 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Seemingly Unflappable Janet Yellen--2/14/2017 4:02 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--2/14/2017 2:26 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week--2/10/2017 2:15 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Voices--2/9/2017 3:29 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumer Credit Data--2/8/2017 10:25 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--2/6/2017 3:36 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC--2/2/2017 4:19 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC--2/1/2017 12:04 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – PCE Data--2/1/2017 6:56 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
Holiday-shortened week ahead Read More --2/21/2017 10:34 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We Learned This Week
Inflation rising | Yellen views | Housing continues to strengthen Read More --2/17/2017 2:32 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Faces March Challenge
Strengthening economy vs fiscal policy uncertainties Read More --2/16/2017 2:39 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Dissecting CPI
Energy prices produce a bigger than expected reading Read More --2/16/2017 5:15 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: February 24, 2017
US sanctions on Russia, economic implications | Japan-US relations | US farm income outlook for 2017 | Farm Bill | Farm Bill programs without budget baseline beyond Fiscal 2018 | Cuba sanctions | Major agricultural trade issues Read More --2/24/2017 2:57 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: February 3, 2017
US border barriers | Trade deficit, oil price impact | Water sector energy use | Child nutrition reauthorization | Clean Air Act issues | Defining industrial hemp | Executive authority to exclude aliens | Cuba issues | US farm program eligibility, payment limits | Invasive species laws, agencies | Water resource issues | Army corps national permit program | Stream Protection Rule | US-EU beef hormone dispute Read More --2/3/2017 5:43 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: October 6, 2016--10/6/2016 3:07 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 23, 2016--9/23/2016 3:14 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: September 9, 2016--9/9/2016 3:24 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 24, 2016--8/24/2016 4:35 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 9, 2016--8/9/2016 4:08 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: July 8, 2016--7/8/2016 3:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: June 15, 2016--6/16/2016 6:10 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 31, 2016--5/31/2016 5:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 11, 2016--5/11/2016 3:04 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: January 12, 2017
TiSA negotiations | Wetlands issues overview | WOTUS rule | US-EU poultry dispute | China-US trade issues | Budget reconciliation process | Financing water infrastructure | EPA regulatory activity | US international corporate taxation | SNAP benefits | SNAP retailer standards update | Defining specialty crops | RFS waiver authority, volume modifications | Fiscal 2017 agricultural appropriations | Federal food safety system | FSMA implementation | 2016 US farm income outlook Read More --1/12/2017 1:09 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: December 16, 2016
Central Valley Project overview | Presidential trade authority | GSP, agricultural imports | US trade in services | Columbia River Treaty | US trade, fruits and vegetable products | Five-Year offshore oil and natural gas leasing program Read More --12/16/2016 2:29 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: November 22, 2016
US fruit and vegetable trade situation | Methane emissions, sources, reduction strategies | Barriers along US border | Congressional Review Act | Infrastructure banks | Presidential transitions | Regulatory relief, banking sector | Water quality issues | Farm Bill | US-Mexico economic relations | Tax extenders | Congressional organizational meetings | Highway, public transportation funding Read More --11/22/2016 3:21 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: October 28, 2016
Clean Water Act summary | Section 32 farm and food support | Congress and the budget | Irrigation in agriculture | Fiscal 2017 continuing appropriations | Fiscal 2017 agriculture appropriations | Agricultural research | Conservation compliance, farm policy | Midnight rulemaking Read More --10/28/2016 2:23 PM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
March corn closes lower for the week after trading a high of $3.80 Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean futures erase most of last week’s gain with late-week selling Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --2/19/2017 8:07 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--2/19/2017 8:00 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--2/19/2017 8:00 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--2/19/2017 8:00 AM Read More
Weekly Dairy Update--2/19/2017 8:02 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--2/11/2017 9:02 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures post losses but crop-year lows likely in Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Another week of fresh contract lows as futures continue to move lower Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Retail sales are supportive Read More --2/19/2017 8:30 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --2/19/2017 8:14 AM