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
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CBO Preliminary Budget Projections Find Their Way into Soybean Market
2 million acre drop in soybean plantings in 2015 suggested by document catches traders’ attention Read More --11/25/2014 4:41 PM
USDA Food Price Forecasts Unchanged Despite Higher Meat Prices
Agency still sees 2.5%-3.5% food price rise for 2014, 2%-3% for 2015 Read More --11/25/2014 11:29 AM
USDA Cuts 2014 Net Farm Income Forecast to $96.9 Billion--11/25/2014 10:49 AM Read More
US 3Q 2014 GDP: What You Need to Know--11/25/2014 8:12 AM Read More
FDA Finalizes Menu and Vending Machine Calorie Labeling Rules--11/25/2014 4:36 AM Read More
Media Watch: Nov. 25, 2014--11/25/2014 4:09 AM Read More
White House, Treasury Won't Support Tax Cut Extenders If Not Balanced for Middle Class--11/25/2014 3:22 AM Read More
USDA Crop Progress: Wheat Ratings Dip--11/24/2014 4:40 PM Read More
Wall Street Journal –– Farm Groups Keep Pushing for Farm-Worker Immigration Reform--11/24/2014 11:10 AM Read More
Environmental Groups Petition EPA to Drop States' NPDES Authority--11/24/2014 11:06 AM Read More
BLM Turns Down Renewable Energy Proposal; Desert Project Could Disturb Local Resources--11/24/2014 11:06 AM Read More
Bloomberg –– Chicago Rail Hub Prepares for Intense Winter Storms
Frozen switches, higher volume could produce a repeat of last year's shipping problems Read More --11/25/2014 11:06 AM
Grand Forks Herald –– Lower Grain Prices Lead Lower Train Demand
Rail freight problems diminishing for grain marketers Read More --11/25/2014 11:06 AM
CFTC: CME Group Needs to Improve Market Surveillance Activities
But self-regulation is seen as working relatively well Read More --11/25/2014 11:00 AM
WTO Members Meet to Consider Next Steps in Doha Round Process
Doha Round sputters back to life Read More --11/25/2014 10:58 AM
Deal said near on OPEC output - 11/25/2014 4:16 PM
Members of the oil producing OPEC cartel nations are said to be homing in on an agreement to lower their output by more-closely adhering to the self-imposed oil output target as opposed to an outright reduction in those crude output targets. The cartel meets Nov. 27 and agreed to an output limit of 30 million barrels per day, but that target has been exceeded regularly as member countries seek to maintain their oil market share. The concept of closer compliance to the output target would imply a reduction of around 300,000 barrels per day, based on October output levels. Russia, however, not an OPEC member, said it would not reduce its output.
China calls for less dependence on coal, greater use of other energy - 11/25/2014 11:02 AM
China's energy officials have updated their energy targets through 2020 and have provided a clear indication that they intend to reduce the country's reliance on coal while gradually increasing its use of natural gas, shale gas, coal bed methane and renewable energy. Still, the rate of change will not be sudden or overwhelming. The target for coal consumption as part of the primary energy mix will be set at 62% by the end of 2020 compared with a current level of around 65%. The plan also calls for half of new urban buildings to conform to "green building standards" by the end of 2020 and for renovations to older buildings to add heat metering systems.
Teamsters end strike at California ports - 11/25/2014 11:00 AM
A nine-day strike involving truck drivers affiliated with seven companies operating at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., and at two rail yards ended Nov. 21 when the remaining drivers took down picket lines and agreed to return to work, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said. The strike was called to protest alleged wage theft that union members said was caused when the firms misclassified them as independent contractors instead of as employees. The union said the drivers also contend that the trucking companies are denying them basic workplace protections tied to safety and health regulations, disability insurance, workers' compensation and unemployment benefits.
India, US revive dormant Trade Policy Forum - 11/25/2014 10:58 AM
With relations between the US and India improving over the past several months, the two nations have resumed their series of bilateral Trade Policy Forums. "This is the first Trade Policy Forum to be held in more than four years, so it's another historic moment in what has been an important year for relations between the US and India," US Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman said in Nov. 24 remarks at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi. President Obama is scheduled to visit New Delhi in January, following up on direct contacts he had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month. Those meetings are widely credited with helping to end a deadlock that had prevented the World Trade Organization (WTO) from implementing a $1 trillion package of reforms to global customs rules, with WTO negotiators returning to work this week (link).
China mulls ban on smoking in public places - 11/25/2014 6:13 AM
China is considering a broad ban on smoking, including tobacco advertising, smoking in public places and cutting smoking scenes in film and TV. Up more than 10% from the year before, the country’s tobacco industry generated nearly 956 billion yuan ($155.6 billion) in taxes and profits in 2013. China is home to more than 300 million smokers.
Turkey extends antidumping investigation on US cotton - 11/24/2014 5:31 PM
Turkey will push back the deadline for responses from US cotton exporters until Dec. 11, the US National Cotton Council said in a circular to its members. In October, Turkey launched an investigation into whether US cotton was dumped onto the Turkish market, raising concerns about demand from this major cotton buyer just as China is slowing its cotton imports. Turkey has been the second largest customer for US upland cotton the past five marketing years, and came within 132,200 bales of displacing a slowing China as the top buyer in 2013/14.
Farm Credit Canada –– Ag shipments from Canada's Port of Churchill fell in 2014 - 11/24/2014 10:43 AM
Manitoba's Port of Churchill did not reach its goal of a record shipping season this year. A total of 540,000 tonnes of wheat and canola was exported through the northern port on Hudson Bay, or about 100,000 tonnes short of last year's mark. One of the reasons is that a rail line to the port was closed for about two weeks following a couple of derailments. The track was affected by a late thaw that happened very quickly. "We had about 10 days of 28- or 29-degree weather in early June that basically brought all of the frost out of the ground instantly," says to Merv Tweed, president of OmniTrax Canada. "It really makes it hard to maintain and manage the tundra that we operated on." OmniTrax spent nearly C$10 million maintaining the tracks this year, or nearly four times the budgeted amount. The 2014 shipping season ended Nov. 6, which was one week earlier than last year. Five companies shipped grain through Churchill with the assistance of a federal subsidy introduced when the Canadian Wheat Board's single desk selling system was eliminated.
SE Asian nations urged to double renewable energy generation - 11/24/2014 10:43 AM
Renewable energy now provides 10% of the electric power in the nations that comprise the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) region and the group's members say they want to double that share within 15 years. Officials at a recent APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea recommended solar photovoltaic rooftop installation, low-carbon heating system development and renewable energy grid integration as a way to accomplish the goal.
Global warming unlikely to be slowed by US-China plan: World Bank - 11/24/2014 10:43 AM
Global warming won't be slowed enough to prevent global temperatures from rising by 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), an increase scientists expect to cause an increase in extreme weather events that damage crops, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said relative to the agreement on climate change reached between the US and China. Global emissions are growing about 2.5% a year, a pace that will probably cause the 2 degree threshold to be breached within 30 years, according to a World Bank report on climate change released last week. That would lead to lower crop yields, an increase in extreme heatwaves and a spike in tropical storms from rising sea levels, the World Bank said.
Navajo Nation approves 2% 'junk-food' tax - 11/24/2014 10:43 AM
The Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation, has approved a sales tax on cookies, chips, soda pop and other food products "with little to no nutritional value." The tax is slated to run from 2015 until 2020. The Navajo Nation includes areas in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – OECD and World Growth
OECD Updates on World Growth Read More --11/25/2014 7:17 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead | More China Moves on Tap?
Holiday week ahead | Signals China shifting views on stimulus Read More --11/24/2014 8:29 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--11/17/2014 8:04 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Retail Sales Key Focus Today--11/14/2014 7:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Forecasters Cut Euro Zone Inflation Outlook--11/13/2014 8:21 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Oil and the Economy--11/12/2014 11:42 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Central Banks and Inflation--11/11/2014 7:40 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Employment Behind and the Week Ahead--11/10/2014 8:01 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Jobs Update Ahead--11/7/2014 7:15 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – OECD urges ECB to act more --11/6/2014 8:23 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – GOP and the Fed--11/5/2014 5:29 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives: Central Bank Actions – Actual and Pending
Another central bank uses surprise as a tool, but ECB is telegraphing their potential action Read More --11/21/2014 7:51 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC Minutes
What the minutes didn’t say may be just as key Read More --11/20/2014 11:18 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Minutes Continue Central Bank Focus
Oct. FOMC session recap on tap | BOE, BOJ also of note Read More --11/19/2014 8:43 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – US Bookended by Economic Worries
Japan, European woes compare to continued US improvement Read More --11/18/2014 8:12 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
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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
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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 Soybean Complex Update
Soybean complex futures rally into expiration of December options Read More --11/24/2014 4:12 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Recovery may have set range as market assesses multiple issues Read More --11/24/2014 4:12 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --11/24/2014 4:12 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--11/24/2014 4:12 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--11/24/2014 4:12 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--11/24/2014 4:12 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--11/24/2014 4:12 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--11/16/2014 1:56 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--11/16/2014 1:56 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--11/16/2014 1:56 PM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--11/16/2014 1:56 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures ease following recent gains Read More --11/24/2014 4:12 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures end skid thanks to hope from Iraqi purchase Read More --11/24/2014 4:12 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --11/24/2014 4:12 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --11/24/2014 4:12 AM