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.
      
This Week in Washington
Week of Aug. 3, 2015 Read More --8/1/2015 9:54 AM
Calendar of Key Events & Reports: Aug. 3-9, 2015
The week ahead Read More --8/1/2015 9:43 AM
Time –– The Science Behind Comfort Foods--7/31/2015 10:03 AM Read More
National Public Radio –– Squeezed by Drought, California Farmers Switch to Less Thirsty Crops--7/31/2015 9:49 AM Read More
New York Times –– Water Use in California Down 27% in June--7/31/2015 9:47 AM Read More
Sweetener Industry to USTR: Let More International Sugar Into the US--7/31/2015 9:13 AM Read More
Canada Official: US Senators Wrong Saying Their Proposal on Voluntary COOL is Similar to 'Product of Canada' Label --7/31/2015 8:22 AM Read More
Highest Ever HRS Yield Measured by Spring Wheat Tour--7/31/2015 7:56 AM Read More
Dairy, Currency, Other Issues Linger in TPP Talks in Hawaii --7/31/2015 7:22 AM Read More
AGgregator: July 31, 2015--7/31/2015 6:40 AM Read More
What Traders Are Talking About: July 31, 2015 - AM --7/31/2015 6:35 AM Read More
AGgregator: Aug. 1, 2015
Media watch on the business of agriculture Read More --8/1/2015 3:22 PM
G3 Global Grain Group Completes Investment in CWB
Combination of CWB and Bunge Canada’s grain assets to form new Canadian agribusiness Read More --7/31/2015 4:37 PM
Agra Europe –– EU, Mercosur to Exchange Market Access Offers 'by October'
Brazil optimistic of a deal being reached by year's end Read More --7/31/2015 10:15 AM
Bloomberg BNA –– Canadian Dairy Producers Remain Anxious as TTP Ministerial Gets Underway
Worry that supply management will be on the table Read More --7/31/2015 10:10 AM
Employment Cost Index up only slightly - 7/31/2015 5:12 PM
The Employment Cost Index for the second quarter rose just 0.2%, well below expectations for at least a 0.5% rise and is the lowest figure for the report in its 33-year history. The year-over-year change at 2.0% is also one of the lowest marks in the history of this indicator.
Ukraine grain exports - 7/31/2015 5:12 PM
Grain exports by Ukraine in July total about 2.5 million tonnes, according to the country's Ag Ministry, down from 2.2 million tonnes in June. Included in the total was 976,000 tonnes of corn, 698,000 tonnes of wheat and 819,000 tonnes of barley.
Ag exports from EU in 2014 - 7/31/2015 5:12 PM
Agri-food exports accounted for 7% of all European Union (EU) exports in 2014, according to the European Commission with a net surplus of €18 billion ($19.8 billion). The top five destinations for agri-food exports were the US, Russia, China, Switzerland and Japan, with the US accounting for 13% of the total.
Omaha World-Herald –– ConAgra bows to calls for stripping feared chemical from food cans - 7/31/2015 9:41 AM
Metal cans containing ConAgra Foods products made in US and Canadian facilities after July 30 will be free of bisphenol A, the chemical commonly known as BPA, the Omaha food company announced Thursday. ConAgra officials said the decision was influenced by customer concerns and calls for ConAgra to find alternatives. In place of chemicals containing BPA, ConAgra cans will be lined with polyester or acrylic materials. (link)
Wall Street Journal –– Cargill's Black River Asset Management shutting four hedge funds - 7/31/2015 9:34 AM
A firm owned by Cargill plans to shutter four of its hedge funds and return more than $1 billion to investors over the next several months, the latest agricultural giant to reassess its investment ambitions. Executives at the firm, Black River Asset Management, cited a lack of investor demand for the funds, which includes a commodities fund and two emerging-markets funds, as the reason for the closures. They also said the firm planned to lay off some employees but declined to quantify the scope of the job cuts. (link)
Associated Press –– California judge says she'll likely uphold farmer water cuts - 7/31/2015 9:32 AM
California's demand for lower agricultural water use during the drought will likely survive a legal challenge, a judge indicated Thursday. The Associated Press reports that Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang said during a hearing that she believes the state's revised approach to warning farmers of insufficient supplies is legal. At issue are thousands of letters sent this year to farmers, government agencies and corporations with water rights telling them to cease pumping because rivers and streams in the Central Valley are too dry to meet demand. Recipients were required to fill out a form confirming they stopped diverting water, although only about a third did so. (link)
USDA daily export sales include cancellation of soybean sales to China - 7/31/2015 8:00 AM
Private exporters reported cancellations of 200,000 tonnes of soybeans to China for 2014/15; sales of 108,204 tonnes of corn to Mexico (72,136 tonnes 2015/16; 30,068 tonnes 2016/17); and sales of 126,900 tonnes wheat to unknown destinations for 2015/16 (67,650 tonnes HRW; 37,250 tonnes white; 22,000 tonnes HRS). Private exporters reported to transactions via USDA's daily export sales reporting system.
Japan Finance Minister dismisses call for currency manipulation forum in TPP - 7/31/2015 6:54 AM
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is not the format to discuss currency manipulation, according to Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso. "We consider that (TPP) is basically not a place to negotiate currencies, which have been fully dealt with the IMF, G7 and G20," Aso said. His comments came after Australia's trade minister this week indicated countries in the TPP are mulling a US plan for finance ministers to discuss currencies as part of the pact.
Judge fines Greenpeace - 7/31/2015 6:13 AM
A federal judge in Alaska has ordered Greenpeace to pay a fine of $2,500 for every hour that protesters continue to block a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Oregon, for the Arctic. Activists continue to hang off the St. Johns Bridge over the Willamette River to stop the vessel from passing.
TPP talks continue; news conference set for 7:30 p.m. ET - 7/31/2015 6:09 AM
Trade and other officials from the US, Canada, Mexico and Pacific Rim officials are nearing the final spurt of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. Key differences linger over dairy exports and exclusivity periods for drugs that must be settled d before a final deal is reached. About 650 officials from 12 nations are taking part in the discussions on the Hawaiian island of Maui. A news conference is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What GDP Data Tells Us
Consumers still cautious; dollar still a factor Read More --7/30/2015 9:03 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Conclusion Ahead
Post-meeting statement dissection ahead Read More --7/29/2015 8:41 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Key Housing Updates Start--7/22/2015 11:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Filling Out the Fed--7/21/2015 9:34 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--7/20/2015 8:57 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week--7/17/2015 9:30 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Day 2 of Yellen on the Hill--7/16/2015 9:15 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Yellen Testimony Ahead--7/15/2015 7:23 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Consumers Still the Key--7/14/2015 6:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week--7/13/2015 10:23 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What to Watch from Fed's Yellen--7/10/2015 8:07 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Begins Today
What to watch ahead from US central bank Read More --7/28/2015 8:01 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead This Week
Read More --7/27/2015 7:30 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What We've Learned This Week
Housing on the rise | China manufacturing | Earnings can trump data Read More --7/24/2015 1:40 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sept. Fed Rate Hike Views
Global developments aren't shifting outlook, poll says Read More --7/23/2015 9:22 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 3, 2015
Cash vs accrual accounting | Japan-US relations | Turkey | Cuba | Farm bill & WTO | AGOA | Regulatory burden on small banks | Oil & natural gas | US sugar program | GSP | Cybersecurity | Iran sanctions | US-Mexico | WTO Doha Round | Ag in WTO | Water quality | TPA Read More --5/4/2015 7:17 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 26, 2015, Part 2
Conservation programs | Debt limit | Iran nuclear accord | Water financing | IMF reforms | Ag credit | Seafood fraud | Science & technology issues | Farm Credit System | Unfunded mandates Read More --4/26/2015 12:26 PM
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: Jan. 14, 2015--1/14/2015 4:31 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 12, 2015--1/12/2015 10:37 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 11, 2015--1/12/2015 10:33 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Sep. 10, 2014--9/10/2014 10:25 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 30, 2014--8/30/2014 8:29 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 28, 2014--8/28/2014 12:07 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Aug. 27, 2014--8/27/2014 2:14 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 26, 2015
Congressional Review Act | WOTUS | Grain Standards Act | Iraq policy | NAFTA | Congressional salaries | Iran policy | Estate taxes | Cuba travel | Food safety issues Read More --4/26/2015 11:35 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
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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures finish week at lowest level since mid-June Read More --8/1/2015 2:57 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Volatile week ends with lower prices on China & beneficial weather Read More --8/1/2015 2:57 PM
Weekly Pork Outlook--8/1/2015 12:30 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--8/1/2015 12:30 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--8/1/2015 12:30 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--7/26/2015 8:34 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--7/26/2015 8:34 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--7/26/2015 8:34 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--7/26/2015 8:34 AM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--7/26/2015 8:34 AM Read More
Weekly World Sugar Update--7/26/2015 8:34 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat price slide continues Read More --8/1/2015 2:57 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures move above July 10 highs Read More --8/1/2015 2:57 PM
Weekly Transportation Update
Highlights of transportation issues Read More --8/1/2015 2:57 PM
Weekly Beef Outlook
Larger mid-year Cattle inventory points to larger beef output next year Read More --8/1/2015 12:31 PM