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.
Obama As Expected to Propose 7% Boost in Discretionary Spending in FY 2016 Budget
White House budget requests coming Feb. 2 Read More --1/30/2015 7:01 AM
USTR Froman: US May Challenge China Cotton Subsidies Via WTO
Says China, by some counts, could be largest cotton subsidizer in the world Read More --1/30/2015 6:20 AM
Ag Workers Found Most At-Risk for Heat-Related Deaths--1/29/2015 12:18 PM Read More
New York Times –– Report Cautions Against Reliance on Biofuels--1/29/2015 12:11 PM Read More
Global Acceptance of Bioengineered Crops Continues to Grow--1/29/2015 12:03 PM Read More
Food Safety, Animal Welfare Groups Sue EPA to Force Response to Earlier Petitions--1/29/2015 11:54 AM Read More
USDA Weekly Export Sales: Corn Tops 1 MMT Again--1/29/2015 8:43 AM Read More
Memo: TPA Legislation Likely to be Introduced After Presidents' Day Recess--1/29/2015 6:36 AM Read More
Senate Panel Asks CBO Director About Impacts of Rising Interest Rates--1/29/2015 6:18 AM Read More
Cattle Inventory Pre-Reports--1/29/2015 5:56 AM Read More
Roberts: Senate Ag Committee to Focus on WOTUS, CFTC --1/29/2015 5:28 AM Read More
Senate Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Measure
Senate vote not enough to override expected Obama veto Read More --1/30/2015 6:07 AM
Japan Offers to Cut Beef, Pork Tariffs, Expand Rice Access in TPP Talks
Japan offer on pork is not total elimination of trade barriers, as pushed by US NPPC group Read More --1/30/2015 5:57 AM
Agra Europe –– Germany, France Want to Re-Open Free Trade Deal with Canada
Two countries reportedly seek changes in investor-state dispute settlement provisions Read More --1/29/2015 3:55 PM
EPA, Pesticide Manufacturers Agree to Voluntary Shifts on Some Methomyl Uses
Action will cancel some uses, limit others with aim at protecting drinking water from carbamate pollution Read More --1/29/2015 12:27 PM
Hurdle in US-Cuba relations - 1/30/2015 7:21 AM
The US will not return Guantanamo Bay to Cuba, the White House said. Cuban President Raúl Castro said on Wednesday that restoring Havana's control of the bay is a prerequisite for normalizing ties with the US.
EU extends sanctions against Russia, but Greece halts effort to boost - 1/30/2015 7:18 AM
European Union foreign ministers have extended existing sanctions against Russia, but held off on tighter economic measures for now, largely due to opposition from Greece. Last year's travel bans and asset freezes will now continue until September. Russia's central bank also cut its key interest rate to 15% this morning, after announcing a surprise hike from 10.5% to 17% in December to shore up the weakening ruble.
Largest decline in consumer prices in euro zone since July 2009 - 1/30/2015 7:15 AM
Heightening the risk of a slide toward deflation, Eurostat today reported the largest decline in consumer prices in the euro zone since July 2009. Consumer prices were 0.6% lower than in January 2014, having fallen 0.2% on an annual basis in December. The plunge in consumer prices is unlikely to have an immediate effect on the ECB's €60B/month QE package, although the longer prices stay in negative territory, the more pressure the central bank will have to extend the program, observers note.
China top destination for foreign direct investment in 2014 - 1/30/2015 7:12 AM
According to figures released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, China became the world’s top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2014, edging the US out of that position for the first time in more than a decade. Foreign businesses invested $127.6 billion in China last year, up from $123.9 billion in 2013, while their investments in the US fell to $86 billion from $230.8 billion. The US also slipped behind Hong Kong, falling into third place among all FDI recipients.
Dryness impacting Australian crops: US attaché - 1/30/2015 6:29 AM
Australian winter grain prospects declined as 2014 wound down "as a result of continued dry weather," according to the US ag attaché in Canberra. The attaché now predicts 2015 wheat production at 23.2 million tonnes and exports to decline to 18.1 million tonnes. Similarly, barley output is seen down 20% at 7.4 million tonnes with some of that reduction tabbed to acreage shifts away from barley. Summer crop prospects are hinged on "continued rainfall and water availability," with 2015 sorghum production seen at 1.3 million tonnes as planted area is expected to rise 8%. Link to report.
Senate passes Keystone XL pipeline bill - 1/29/2015 3:32 PM
The Senate today passed a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline via a 62-36 vote despite a looming veto threat from the White House. Nine Democrats joined Republicans to back the bill, but the total is far short of the 67 needed to override any veto. The approval came after three weeks of debate on some 41 amendments to the package.
USDA revises maple syrup grades, standards - 1/29/2015 12:05 PM
USDA has issued new voluntary US grading standards for maple syrup that harmonize the US and Canadian systems. The change comes about a week after Canada announced similar revisions in its system for the same reason. The move comes in response to a 2010 petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute, which represents maple producers in both the US and Canada, saying the different grading systems in different states made it confusing to consumers.
Agra Europe –– Multi-billion euro organic food fraud uncovered in Italy - 1/29/2015 12:04 PM
Italy has uncovered a multi-billion euro fraud for the illicit import and trade of food products carrying false organic certification. Following a two-year inquiry, investigators from Guardia di Finanza, Italy's fraud police, arrested 35 people in a series of raids conducted across the country this week. The group allegedly controlled a cross-border system for the production, import and sale of bogus organic food in the country, reports Agra Europe's sister title Foodnews. The food products (mostly grains-based) were manufactured in eastern European countries, both within the EU and others, where they were falsely labeled as organic and, once in Italy, were sold on the domestic retail market. The inquiry estimates the fraud generated around €3.0 billion ($3.4 billion) in income. For a free web demonstration to sample all that Agra Europe has to offer, follow this link.
Wall Street Journal –– McDonald's names new CEO - 1/29/2015 12:18 PM
McDonald's Corp. has named Steve Easterbrook as CEO, replacing Don Thompson, who is leaving less than three years into his tenure. McDonald's gave no reason for Thompson's abrupt departure, but it comes after two years of worsening sales declines in its core US market that have so far defied management's remedies. Net income last year fell nearly 15% , to $4.76 billion, and McDonald's stock has been basically flat since Thompson took over in July 2012 — a period when the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 36% . WSJ (A-1)
Canada to provide another loan to Ukraine - 1/29/2015 5:06 AM
A second low interest loan totaling CD$200 million ($160 mil. US) will be made to Ukraine by Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday. Export Development Canada will provide the loan which is contingent on the approval of the next review of Ukraine's International Monetary Fund-supported program. "The loan announced today will help promote economic and social stability as the Ukrainian government works to rebuild itself into a democratic, independent, and prosperous country, free from aggressors," Harper said. Canada provided another loan to Ukraine in September for the same amount.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – GDP, Other Data Ahead
Fourth quarter seen coming in lower than 3Q read Read More --1/30/2015 7:28 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through the FOMC
Linkage to press conferences becoming more important Read More --1/29/2015 10:06 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Housing Data--1/22/2015 8:11 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Central Banker Views--1/21/2015 8:08 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/20/2015 7:38 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Inflation Focal Point--1/16/2015 7:30 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Sifting Through Retail Sales --1/15/2015 7:56 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Retail Sales, Beige Book Ahead--1/14/2015 7:28 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – FOMC Voters' Views--1/13/2015 8:40 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead--1/12/2015 9:25 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the Jobs Data--1/9/2015 7:10 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Ahead of the FOMC
Patience still a policy and a virtue Read More --1/28/2015 12:56 PM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – Durable Goods Orders Drop As FOMC Starts
Orders for big-ticket items another piece of what is a major Fed puzzle Read More --1/27/2015 8:46 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – The Week Ahead
FOMC conclusion takes center stage Read More --1/26/2015 8:01 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – ECB QE & Dollar Strength
Will ECB's QE work? How the dollar move has similarities Read More --1/23/2015 3:23 PM
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
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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
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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 feature mixed trading on lack of fundamental news Read More --1/24/2015 5:06 PM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean and oil futures lower; soybean meal higher Read More --1/24/2015 5:06 PM
Weekly Transportation Update --1/24/2015 5:06 PM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--1/24/2015 5:06 PM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--1/24/2015 5:06 PM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--1/24/2015 5:06 PM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--1/24/2015 5:06 PM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--1/17/2015 8:15 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--1/17/2015 8:09 AM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--1/16/2015 5:45 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--1/16/2015 5:45 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures continue to decline Read More --1/24/2015 5:06 PM
Weekly Rice Update
Rice futures extend losses as US dollar strengthens Read More --1/24/2015 5:06 PM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --1/24/2015 5:06 PM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Read More --1/24/2015 5:06 PM