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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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FAPRI Boosts US Soybean Acres, Lowers Corn Vs USDA
Lowers estimate for avg. corn price in 2016-17 marketing year to $3.48/bu. Read More --5/2/2016 6:20 PM
USDA Radio Newsline: May 2, 2016
Corn and soy price swings | Corn price influences | Biofuels producers on climate deal | Spring plantings | Wheat condition, plantings | Winter wheat heading | Peanut planting | Cotton planting | Soybean planting Read More --5/2/2016 5:26 PM
EIA: New Maps of the Utica Shale Play--5/2/2016 3:28 PM Read More
USDA March Grain Crushings: Corn Used for Ethanol Up vs Feb., Dn vs Year-Ago--5/2/2016 2:59 PM Read More
House Plots Next Steps on Budget After Setbacks--5/2/2016 2:07 PM Read More
ERS: Corn and Soy Farmers Use Many Glyphosate Resistance Management Techniques--5/2/2016 1:29 PM Read More
Farmdoc Daily: Sensitivity Analysis of New Corn and Soybean Pricing Models--5/2/2016 2:17 PM Read More
USDA Grain Inspections: Corn, Soybeans & Wheat All Meet Expectations--5/2/2016 10:17 AM Read More
USDA Data Shows Continued Rise in Commodity Loan Use--5/2/2016 10:06 AM Read More
AGgregator: May 2, 2016--5/2/2016 3:38 PM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: May 2, 2016 - AM--5/2/2016 7:05 AM Read More
Bloomberg BNA: US Seeks Joint Approach With EU on New Seed Regs
Seeks to avert bans seen with GMO seeds Read More --5/2/2016 5:02 PM
Brady Voices Support for TPP Consideration in 2016
Outstanding issues can be addressed by administration, says Brady & trade group Read More --5/2/2016 4:12 PM
USDA Crop Progress: Winter Wheat Ratings Edge Up; Corn Planting Hits 45%
Mixed bag compared to expectations. Read More --5/2/2016 3:44 PM
US-EU Trade Talks Show Progress, Challenges
Next round of negotiations set for July Read More --5/2/2016 3:29 PM
USDA holds commodity loan interest rates steady for May - 5/2/2016 1:29 PM
Commodity loans disbursed in May will carry a 1.625% interest rate, the same rate as in place for April. That level has been the interest rate for commodity loans disbursed every month this year except for March when it ticked down to 1.5%. For May, Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) interest rates are the same on loans with a seven-year term (1.625%), but slightly lower for 10-year terms (1.75% vs 1.875% in April), 12-year terms (1.875% vs 2% in April) and 15-year sugar FSFL loans have a rate of 2.0% (2.125% in April). Two new loan terms have been added, with rates of 0.875% for three-year loans and 1.250% for five-year terms. Data released by USDA indicates the commodity loan program usage has continued to grow for 2015 crops and is the highest in several years (link).
Reuters poll: Traders expect 47% of corn planted - 5/2/2016 1:29 PM
Traders look for USDA's Crop Progress report to show corn planting at 47%, soybean planting at 8% and spring wheat planting at 57% complete as of May 1, according to a poll of traders by Reuters. They also expect winter wheat ratings will rise to 60% good/excellent in the update. The latter suggests traders believe the moisture associated with heavy storms in Plains HRW wheat areas provided more benefit to crops than damage.
Construction Spending rose in March - 5/2/2016 1:29 PM
While Construction Spending for March rose 0.3%, below expectations for a 0.5% increase, the sharp upward revision for February has given the report a positive reading. The February figure, initially reported as a 0.5% decline, was revised to a 1.0% increase. That overshadowed the sub-par initial reading for March.
US chides 5 countries for currency/economic policies - 5/2/2016 10:49 AM
Economic and currency policies of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Germany are adding to global economic woes, according to the Obama administration's semiannual report to Congress on currencies (link). Unless those countries take action to bolster domestic demand and rely less on exports, the report said, "global growth has suffered and will continue to suffer." The report now measures policies in other countries in three ways to determine if they are a potential threat to the US economy -- A country's trade balance with the US, the extent of currency intervention and the size of a country's  current account surplus.
States ask for EPA guidance on CPP - 4/29/2016 5:17 PM
A total of 14 states requested Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance on working towards compliance with provisions of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which is currently stayed pending litigation by states, businesses and industry groups. “Respectful of the stay,” the state environmental regulators asked for guidance as they prepare for compliance with updated carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants. The request came in a letter to EPA Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Jill McCabe. The state environmental directors signing the letter included those from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington. Most of the 14 states are supporting the EPA in its defense of the CPP in ongoing court cases. Link to letter.
WTO heads of delegation meeting set for May 9 - 4/29/2016 4:41 PM
An informal meeting of top trade delegates from World Trade Organization (WTO) members is set to take place on May 9 in Geneva. They are expected to discuss the upcoming May 12 general council meeting and its agenda, along with future negations at the WTO. A reassessment of how to address the remaining parts of the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) was urged at the previous general council meeting by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo. It remains unclear whether further progress on DDA is possible, given the negative tone struck after ministers failed to reaffirm the Doha Round talks at their last ministerial meeting.
Agriculture funding bill includes FOIA exemption for checkoff programs - 4/29/2016 2:16 PM
The Fiscal 2017 funding bill for agricultural programs run by USDA includes language supported by several agricultural organizations that would exempt from the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) research and promotion boards funded by grower checkoff fees. The legislation, approved last week by the House Appropriations Committee, is pending full House approval. USDA now complies with FOIA requests, subject to certain exemptions, on behalf the 14 commodity organizations that administer checkoff programs and bills them for costs associated with such requests, including records searches. In an April 11 letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, the organizations pointed out that checkoff funds used for the operations and activities of the commodity organizations are paid by producers and industry stakeholders and that employees of the organizations are not federal employees. As such, they shouldn’t be subject to FOIA, said the agricultural groups.
CME: Closing NY trading floor will save $5 mil. per year - 4/29/2016 1:58 PM
Savings of $5 million a year will be realized by the CME group by closing down its New York trading floor, CME Chief Financial Officer John Pietrowicz said April 28 as the exchange operator reported its earnings. Savings from the closure will begin in 2017 and could include another $3 million a year if CME subleases the floor space as planned, he said. The exchange has shut down most open-outcry trading, opting to shift to the use of electronic trading which had already evolved into the main way trades were taking place.
Consumer Sentiment dipped in April - 4/29/2016 1:57 PM
The final April reading on Consumer Sentiment declined to 89.0 after being at 89.7 at mid-month and at 91.0 in March. The April reading is the lowest since September and came as the expectations component posted a fall of nearly four points. However, the current conditions reading edged up just over one point in April. This could signal still-dampened consumer activity in the second quarter after a subdued first quarter.
USDA expands FSFL program to include portable storage, handling equipment - 4/29/2016 1:55 PM
A new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment has been announced by USDA under the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program in a bid to help farmers get crops to market. USDA also announced the program includes a smaller microloan option (less than $50,000) with lower down payments (5%) and no requirement to provide three years of production history. USDA said the microloan effort is open to all farmers and ranchers, but should be of particular benefit to new, small and mid-sized producers, especially specialty-crop growers who may not have access to commercial or on-farm storage post-harvest. Link for more information.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Manufacturing updates key early week, jobs data Friday Read More --5/2/2016 8:14 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week
FOMC in no hurry | Subdued economic data | Dollar falls Read More --4/29/2016 1:52 PM
Results of Key Economic Reports: Week of Apr. 25, 2016--4/25/2016 4:57 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week--4/22/2016 3:38 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Global Outlook from The Economist Intelligence Unit--4/20/2016 7:42 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts--4/19/2016 4:29 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--4/18/2016 9:05 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week--4/15/2016 3:43 PM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Core CPI the Focus--4/14/2016 7:20 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – 1Q GDP Prospects; Beige Book Today--4/13/2016 9:59 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Obama, Yellen Talk Economy--4/12/2016 9:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through The FOMC
Statement held few changes Read More --4/28/2016 5:02 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What To Watch From FOMC
Statement is the only source of Fed perspective for now Read More --4/27/2016 5:55 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Subdued Durable Goods Orders
Suggests flagging consumer demand Read More --4/26/2016 11:05 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Attention mostly on FOMC, GDP Read More --4/25/2016 2:51 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 26, 2016
Comparing US, China trade data | US-Mexico relations | US trade concepts | Ag credit institutions | US sugar program | Ag disaster assistance | US CO2 emissions and the CPP | Energy and water appropriations | Central Valley Project | Miscellaneous tariff bills Read More --4/26/2016 3:01 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Apr. 11, 2016
Comparing US, China trade data | Fiscal 2017 budget issues | Congress and the budget in 2016 | REITs and FIRPTA | Congressional debate about exchange rates | Electricity markets and trading |Tax reform proposals | TPA and KORUS trade deal | USDA child nutrition programs | Improving child nutrition integrity | COOL and WTO disputes Read More --4/11/2016 2:51 PM
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Congressional Research Service Reports: March 22, 2016
Federal GMO labeling legal issues | Emergency ag land rehab assistance | CPP existing power plant questions | CWA Section 401 | TTIP negotiations | Nutrients in ag production and water quality | EPA appropriations and water infrastructure | Rural water supply and sewer systems | Fiscal 2016 ag appropriations Read More --3/22/2016 4:16 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: March 7, 2016
US trade deficit and oil prices | FSMA implementation | Eight-member Supreme Court considerations | Local food systems and the Farm Bill | Ag conservation programs | FTA labor enforcement | Financing water infrastructure | Energy and the Farm Bill | FDA standards of identity | 2016 Farm Income Outlook | RFS waivers and modifications | USDA rural development programs | Pesticides and water quality | Hemp as an ag commodity Read More --3/7/2016 3:52 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Feb. 11, 2016
Congress and the Budget in 2016 | Recent energy legislation | TiSA negotiations | Argentina-US relations | Fiscal 2016 energy and water appropriations | UAS policy and regulation | Banking regulatory relief | USDA broadband loans Read More --2/11/2016 5:38 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 26, 2016
Federal-Aid Highway Program | EPA’s CPP and power plants | Federal Reserve legislation | Water quality issues | Food safety appropriations | TPP in brief | USDA’s GIPSA rule | Big data in US ag | Water infrastructure funding | Presidential nomination process Read More --1/26/2016 10:41 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures traded higher ahead of end of month Read More --5/1/2016 9:16 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybeans higher for third week; oil weak on lower palm oil prices Read More --5/1/2016 9:16 AM
Weekly Beef Outlook--5/1/2016 9:16 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--5/1/2016 9:16 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--5/1/2016 9:16 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--5/1/2016 9:16 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--4/23/2016 6:52 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--4/23/2016 6:52 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--4/23/2016 6:52 PM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--4/23/2016 6:52 PM Read More
World Sugar Update--4/23/2016 6:52 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat closes higher on first notice day Read More --5/1/2016 9:16 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Trading volumes heavy ahead of first notice day Read More --5/1/2016 9:16 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
US export sales reported at marketing year low Read More --5/1/2016 9:16 AM
Weekly Transportation Update
Highlights of transportation issues Read More --5/1/2016 9:16 AM