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.
      
Results of Key Economic Reports - Week of March 30, 2015
Reports for the week of March 30, 2015 Read More --3/29/2015 10:30 PM
US Debt by President: By Dollar and Percent
Source: About.com Read More --3/29/2015 8:51 AM
USDA Confirms Highly Pathogenic H5N2 Avian Influenza in Commercial Turkey Flock in Minnesota--3/27/2015 5:07 PM Read More
USDA March Hogs & Pigs Report Confirms Expansion Expectations--3/27/2015 4:15 PM Read More
USDA: No Use of FFP Program For Sugar Seen in 2Q 2015--3/27/2015 2:35 PM Read More
Pennsylvania, Virginia Poised to Take Additional Steps to Reduce Pollution into Chesapeake Bay--3/27/2015 11:18 AM Read More
GOP Senators Object to Administration's Climate Change Guidance--3/27/2015 11:16 AM Read More
Washington Post –– US Food Business 'Ripe for Disruption': Steve Case--3/27/2015 11:15 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal –– Balance of Power Shifts in Groceries--3/27/2015 11:12 AM Read More
Agra Europe –– Russia, EU Clash Over Pork at WTO Meeting--3/27/2015 11:03 AM Read More
WTO's Azevêdo Remains Optimistic About Doha Round, 13 Years In--3/27/2015 11:03 AM Read More
Calendar of Key Events & Reports: March 30-April 5, 2015
The week ahead Read More --3/28/2015 8:15 PM
No Doubt About it: Price Tag Gets Ever Higher for New Gold-Plated Farm Subsidies
Source: By Anne Weir, Senior Analyst, Agricultural Risk Management and Craig Cox, Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environmental Working Group (EWG) Read More --3/28/2015 7:27 PM
US Oil Rig Count Falls Again
Baker Hughes rig count Read More --3/27/2015 5:54 PM
CBO: Issues Regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard
PowerPoint presentation by CBO analyst Read More --3/27/2015 5:14 PM
CIT upholds decision imports of Russian fertilizer subject to antidumping duties - 3/27/2015 11:23 AM
The US Court of International Trade (CIT) yesterday rejected an argument by a Russian fertilizer company that its solid fertilizer product NS 30:7 should be exempt from an antidumping duty order on solid fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate products from Russia. The court rejected the company's argument that NS 30:7 differs so much from other ammonium nitrate fertilizers in chemical structure that the US Commerce Department erred in its scope ruling. In the scope ruling, Commerce determined that NS 30:7 qualified as an ammonium nitrate product in part because it was comprised of 70% ammonium nitrate. The Russian company argued that Commerce "completely misunderstood the subject product" and "blindly ignor[ed] the overwhelming evidence" about the fertilizer's chemical makeup.
Associated Press –– Diet sodas fall in US; Pepsi takes back No. 2 spot - 3/27/2015 11:23 AM
Americans bought less soda pop for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday by the industry tracker Beverage Digest. The annual report found that overall soda volume slipped 0.9% last year, moderating from the decline of 3% the previous year. And the poor performance of diet sodas in particular led to a shake-up in the top 10 US soda rankings; even though people bought less Pepsi, it managed to regain the No. 2 spot from Diet Coke, which suffered an even steeper decline. Diet Coke had knocked Pepsi off the No. 2 spot in 2010. Coke remained by far the most popular soda in the US, selling about twice as much as No. 2 Pepsi.
Great Lakes states receive $17 million to fight algae - 3/27/2015 11:22 AM
EPA March 26 awarded 14 grants totaling more than $17 million to fund projects designed to combat algae growth in the Great Lakes. The grants will go to critical projects to prevent soil erosion and reduce phosphorus runoff that contributes to algae growth in the Great Lakes. The largest grant — $4.2 million — will go to Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance Inc. to implement conservation practices such as stream buffering and planting cover crops in key sections of the Lower Fox River watershed to reduce nutrient runoff and soil erosion affecting Green Bay and Lake Michigan. The second-largest grant of $3.7 million was awarded to the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to retire 270 acres of cropland, restore six miles of streams, stabilize 1,000 feet of eroding stream banks and restore 70 acres of wetlands at eight locations in the Maumee River watershed to prevent phosphorus from entering Lake Erie.
Louis Dreyfus Commodities won’t be going public - 3/27/2015 8:11 AM
Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V., a privately held agricultural trading firm since 1851, won’t be going public as Margarita Louis-Dreyfus said she would increase her stake in the family firm to 80%.
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid won’t seek reelection: NYT - 3/27/2015 7:57 AM
The New York Times today reported that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) won’t seek reelection to the Senate in 2016.  Link
Senate backs non-binding elimination of estate tax in budget vote - 3/26/2015 6:56 PM
An amendment from Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) that seeks to eliminate the federal estate tax was adopted Thursday on a 54-46 vote. The budget is non-binding legislation that sets spending targets; votes on amendments test support for policies, and provide fodder for future campaign ads.
Rail coalition backs Surface Transportation Board reform - 3/26/2015 11:39 AM
A coalition of farm, manufacturing and energy industry groups is calling on Congress to support a proposed overhaul of the Surface Transportation Board. The Rail Customer Coalition that launched March 25 includes the American Chemistry Council, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Consumers United for Rail Equity and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, among others. The groups are united in seeking to contain rail shipping costs. "We've reached a tipping point where the lack of competitive rail service is having a serious impact on American businesses," said Phillip Bell, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, in a statement.
Kerry says free trade benefits are worth 'disruption' - 3/26/2015 11:39 AM
Free trade deals concluded by the US have brought "a massive infusion of new energy, creativity, innovation and jobs" to the country, even if they have also caused some "disruption" such as job dislocation, Secretary of State John Kerry said (link) at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), both currently being negotiated, would bring those kinds of benefits to the US, including extensive access for US companies to foreign markets, Kerry said.
Former Commerce secretaries urge Congress to action on Trade Promotion Authority - 3/26/2015 11:39 AM
In an open letter to congressional leaders, 10 former secretaries of Commerce called for action on trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation that provides for up-or-down congressional consideration of trade agreements. The 10 say that yet-to-be-introduced TPA legislation is necessary for Congress to help set US negotiating objectives and to strengthen the hands of US negotiators.
Quorn Foods faces wrongful death suit - 3/26/2015 11:39 AM
Quorn Foods, the makers of mushroom-based meat-replacement products is being sued by the parents of an 11-year-old boy who died in June 2013, allegedly after eating a Quorn's "Turk'y" Burger. The suit alleges that the boy died of a severe anaphylactic reaction due to his allergy to mold. Quorn, in the statement, said that an autopsy report indicated that the boy suffered "from 'poorly-controlled' asthma so severe that it caused him to be hospitalized on at least ten separate occasions, all prior to the attack that wound up claiming his life."
Macroeconomic Perspectives – GDP, Yellen Wrap Up the Week
Markets watching for additional clues from Yellen Read More --3/27/2015 7:20 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Inflation, Housing Data Positive
But still may not move the needle on Fed rate increases Read More --3/25/2015 9:15 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Waiting on the Fed--3/18/2015 8:11 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Underway Today--3/17/2015 9:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--3/16/2015 8:04 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Wholesale Inflation Falls Again--3/13/2015 8:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Keys in Today's US Economic Data--3/12/2015 7:12 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – What Will the Fed Do--3/11/2015 8:41 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Updated Informa Economics' Forecasts--3/10/2015 8:45 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--3/9/2015 6:47 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through Employment Data--3/6/2015 11:59 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Fed Views on Rates
Fed speakers starting to reveal their thinking on rate increases Read More --3/24/2015 10:05 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
Plenty of Fed speakers on tap Read More --3/23/2015 8:56 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – OECD Views on China
More reforms urged Read More --3/20/2015 11:20 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the Fed
The Fed no longer says it will be patient... but Read More --3/19/2015 7:16 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 19, 2015
Keystone XL pipeline | Tax extenders | Ozone standards | Energy policy | Unfunded mandates | Ag land rehabilitation | State minimum wages Read More --1/19/2015 5:27 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 18, 2015
Water quality | Immigration | Islamic State | GSP | Health insurance | EPA regulations | Air quality | Speakers of the House | Clean air | Biomass | China-US trade | China economy Read More --1/19/2015 5:21 AM
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: May 25, 2014--5/25/2014 11:52 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 20, 2014--5/20/2014 12:56 AM Read More
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
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 9, 2014--5/9/2014 6:33 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 6, 2014--5/6/2014 7:20 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 14, 2015
Crop insurance | GIPSA rule | BCAP | Ag conservation Read More --1/14/2015 4:31 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 12, 2015
State of Union address | Trade policy | TPA | Mexico | Income taxes | Clean air issues | Border security | Canadian oil sands | Congressional salaries | Iran | SNAP Read More --1/12/2015 10:37 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: Jan. 11, 2015
Facts and figures on key policy issues Read More --1/12/2015 10:33 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
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn futures run into resistance at $4.00 level Read More --3/29/2015 7:44 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean complex futures weaker ahead of Mar. 31 USDA reports Read More --3/29/2015 7:44 AM
Weekly Pork Outlook--3/29/2015 7:25 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--3/29/2015 7:25 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--3/29/2015 7:25 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--3/29/2015 7:25 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--3/21/2015 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--3/21/2015 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--3/21/2015 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Rice Update--3/21/2015 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--3/21/2015 9:29 AM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures retreat ahead of USDA inputs Read More --3/29/2015 7:44 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures inch higher ahead of key USDA reports Read More --3/29/2015 7:44 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --3/29/2015 7:44 AM
Weekly Transportation Update
Changes revealed in average miles for commodities on river Read More --3/29/2015 7:43 AM