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.
Results of Key Economic Reports -- Week of Nov. 24, 2014
Reports for the week of Nov. 24, 2014 Read More --11/23/2014 10:45 PM
This Week in Washington
Week of Nov. 24, 2014 Read More --11/23/2014 12:58 PM
Reactions to EPA’s Announcement on 2014 RFS--11/21/2014 2:20 PM Read More
GAO: Climate Change Increases Risks for Federal Crop Insurance Programs--11/21/2014 11:22 AM Read More
CQ/Roll Call–– FDA Expected to Issue Menu Labeling Rule--11/21/2014 11:22 AM Read More
CQ/Roll Call –– House Committee Approves Foreign Food Assistance Bill--11/21/2014 11:21 AM Read More
US Waterways Deteriorating Faster than Railways--11/21/2014 11:11 AM Read More
BNSF to Spend $6 Billion in 2015 to Improve Rail Service--11/21/2014 11:03 AM Read More
EPA: Will Not Finalize 2014 RFS Percentage Standards This Year--11/21/2014 10:20 AM Read More
Sources Signal EPA RFS Announcement Coming Today--11/21/2014 9:36 AM Read More
Cellulosic Ethanol Output Tops EPA Target--11/21/2014 7:59 AM Read More
Calendar of Key Events & Reports: Nov. 24-30, 2014
The week ahead Read More --11/23/2014 12:30 PM
House and Senate Open to RFS Changes
EPA’s continued indecisions will bring calls in Congress for change Read More --11/22/2014 12:37 PM
USDA Nov. Cattle on Feed: Placements Above Expectations
On Feed numbers nearly spot on with expectations Read More --11/21/2014 3:13 PM
USDA’s NASS Modifies Ag Prices Report
Publishing of only full-month prices to start with Jan. 2015 release Read More --11/21/2014 2:47 PM
Marketwired –– Canada's food safety system ranked world's best - 11/21/2014 11:34 AM
Canada's food safety system was ranked the best in the world, in a new report released by the Conference Board of Canada in collaboration with the University of Guelph's Food Institute. Canada's food safety system tied for first place with Ireland in a comparison of 17 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The ranking highlights success in a number of areas such as the country's capacity to respond to food safety emergencies, as well as food safety communication to stakeholders and the public. The report also found that public trust in food safety was the highest in Canada. The overall world ranking score is determined by 10 indicators organized in three areas: assessment, management and communication.
Financial Times –– World's oldest state-run monopoly disappears - 11/21/2014 11:22 AM
The Chinese government this week dissolved its salt monopoly, ending the state's control over a sector that has been in place since the 7th century BC as it pursues market reforms and a streamlined bureaucracy, the Financial Times reports. When the Han dynasty adopted the salt monopoly in 119 BC, it used it as a means of funding its aggressive expansion. By the third to fifth centuries, salt accounted for 80%-90% of state revenues in some of the kingdoms established after the Han dynasty collapsed. As a result of the monopoly's demise, local salt producers will soon be able to market salt directly, including in other provinces, rather than having to sell to China Salt. FT link
TPP chief negotiators to meet Dec. 7-12 in Washington - 11/21/2014 8:14 AM
Chief negotiators from the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will meet Dec. 7-12 in Washington. Major sticking points in the agreement include agricultural market access, notably the bilateral talks in this area between the US and Japan, as well as legal texts covering intellectual property rights, state-owned enterprises and the environment.
Federal Reserve begins review of major bank supervision - 11/21/2014 8:03 AM
The Fed has launched a review over how it supervises major banks, amid growing criticism of the Fed’s oversight and recent accusations. The issue will be the focus of a Senate Banking committee hearing today that features NY Fed President William Dudley as chief witness, examining "regulatory capture," a term used for regulators that are too cozy with firms they oversee.
Administration (again) overstates ObamaCare enrollments - 11/20/2014 4:04 PM
Some 6.7 million people have had paid-up health care coverage through the ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) insurance exchanges as of mid-October, about 400,000 fewer than reported last week, the Obama administration said today. The overstated signup was due to the inclusion of those that only signed up for dental coverage. “Moving forward, only individuals with medical coverage will be included in our effectuated enrollment numbers,” the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said. This marks the second time the administration has come back to correct enrollment figures as it made a similar error in September.
Associated Press –– Berkeley approves plan for gas-pump warning labels - 11/20/2014 2:13 PM
The Berkeley, Calif., City Council voted yesterday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put warning labels on gas pumps citywide to inform consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming. The Associated Press reports that San Francisco is drafting a similar ordinance that the city's Board of Supervisors could vote into law by March. The proposals in the Bay Area cities are thought to be the first of their kind in the US. Supporters of Berkeley's measure hope that simply putting the labels in front of consumers will motivate them to drive less.
Reuters –– France to export wheat to US for first time 12 years - 11/20/2014 1:47 PM
France is set for its first large shipment of wheat to the US in 12 years as the European Union's (EU's) top grain producer tries to clear large stocks of lower-quality wheat from a rain-hit harvest, trade and shipping sources told Reuters. A bulk carrier is expected to load around 45,000 tonnes of feed wheat at the Rouen, France, port at the end of this month.. The wheat will be destinted for Wilmington, N.C., the same destination as for a recent cargo of British feed wheat, sources said. The cargo would be the first significant volume of French wheat shipped to the US since 2002, customs records compiled by Reuters showed, when France exported 32,000 tonnes after a poor US crop fueled some import demand. The US, like France a leading wheat exporter, usually imports high-quality wheat from neighboring Canada. But some traders say feed wheat supply problems this season in the southeast have encouraged more imports of the lower-grade grain.
Sacramento Bee –– California almond growers see 25% increase in sales - 11/20/2014 1:39 PM
Record annual revenue of $1.5 billion from the 2013 almond crop, up 25% from $1.2 billion the prior year, has been reported by the Blue Diamond cooperative. This marked the third consecutive year revenue topped $1 billion for the cooperative's fiscal year, which ends Aug. 31. The cooperative said payments to almond growers totaled more than $1 billion, also a record and a nearly 25% year-over-year improvement. In less than a decade, almonds have emerged in California as an agricultural juggernaut, a $4 billion industry and the state's No. 1 farm export in dollar terms. SacBee link
UNEP calls for 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 - 11/20/2014 1:32 PM
Global greenhouse gas emissions will need to be cut by 15% or more by 2030 and by half by 2050 to keep the increase in global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a report released by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). The report, issued each year in the run-up to annual UN climate change talks, said the world already has used up two-thirds of the emissions "budget" that would keep temperatures under the 2 degree increase that nations have agreed is needed to avert catastrophic climate change. The report, UNEP's Emissions Gap Report 2014, can be downloaded from the organization's website at this link.

AWWA lobbies for funding boost for drinking water revolving loans - 11/20/2014 1:16 PM
John Donahue, president of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), says the association does not support the Obama administration's budget request for fiscal 2015, which would cut funding for the clean water and drinking water state revolving funds (SRFs) by $581 million from the current fiscal 2014 enacted funding level. During a Nov. 19 hearing of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Donahue also pointed out that there currently is significant competition for SRF funding among the 50,000 to 55,000 drinking water utilities in the US. The hearing was held in response to an August incident in which more than 400,000 residents in the Toledo, Ohio, area were told not to drink the water after the harmful cyanotoxin microcystin was found in finished water. The contamination was the result of an algae bloom in Lake Erie.
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 – 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 EU & euro zone inflation and GDP--11/4/2014 7:43 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Forecasts & What's Ahead--11/3/2014 9:41 AM Read More
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
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
FOMC minutes, housing data & inflation updates Read More --11/17/2014 8:04 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Retail Sales Key Focus Today
Consumer activity an initial peek at 4Q Read More --11/14/2014 7:18 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: May 3, 2014--5/3/2014 12:28 PM 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 Feed Grain Update
Shorts squeezed by December open interest liquidation Read More --11/16/2014 1:56 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
November deliveries, increased farmer sales pressure soy complex Read More --11/16/2014 1:56 PM
Weekly Transportation Update --11/16/2014 1:55 PM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--11/16/2014 1:55 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--11/16/2014 1:55 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--11/16/2014 1:55 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--11/16/2014 1:55 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--11/9/2014 10:24 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--11/9/2014 10:24 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--11/9/2014 10:24 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--11/9/2014 10:24 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures find support from cold temperatures, FSU tensions Read More --11/16/2014 1:56 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --11/16/2014 1:56 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Market’s bearish sentiment amplified by latest USDA reports Read More --11/16/2014 1:55 PM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --11/16/2014 1:55 PM