Issue Monitor
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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.
      
Up Front – Congress and White House: July 24, 2014
On tap today and ahead in Congress and White House Read More --7/24/2014 7:19 AM
Senate Leaders Announce Deal on Highway Trust Fund
Senate has six legislative days on its calendar before the five-week summer recess Read More --7/24/2014 6:51 AM
South Korea Confirms FMD Case at Hog Farm SE of Seoul--7/24/2014 6:12 AM Read More
US Ethanol Output Hits 2nd Highest Mark of 2014--7/23/2014 3:26 PM Read More
IMF Trims 2014 US GDP to 1.7%--7/23/2014 3:04 PM Read More
USDA Cattle on Feed Pre-Reports--7/23/2014 1:24 PM Read More
Grassley, Klobuchar Call for Investigation of Oil Companies' Actions on Ethanol--7/23/2014 11:08 AM Read More
China Detains Meat Company Officials in Labeling Scandal--7/23/2014 11:02 AM Read More
Wall Street Journal Opinion –– Bee Populations Not Declining, Says Former FDA Official--7/23/2014 10:56 AM Read More
EU Calls on US to Open TTIP Process to Congress, Civil Groups--7/23/2014 10:50 AM Read More
Agra Europe –– Russian Pork Tests Positive for African Swine Fever--7/23/2014 10:50 AM Read More
FOCUS: New Restrictions Proposed for Trains Carrying Ethanol, Crude Oil
DOT wants comments back within 60 days Read More --7/24/2014 7:21 AM
More Details Surface Regarding South Korea's Opening of Rice Market in 2015
US team being briefed in South Korea Read More --7/24/2014 6:29 AM
White House to Announce $10 Billion Rural Investment Fund Today
Seed money provided by CoBank, fund to be managed by Capitol Peak Asset Management Read More --7/24/2014 6:18 AM
Different House, Senate Supplemental Measures Set for Week of July 28
House plan includes only a third of funding President Obama requested Read More --7/24/2014 6:12 AM
Senate panel approves Veteran Affairs head - 7/24/2014 7:23 AM
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee unanimously approved the nomination of former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. Committee chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he expected the full Senate to vote on McDonald's nomination before it leaves for August recess next week.
Obama sends team to Texas to assess impact on possible deployment of National Guard - 7/24/2014 7:15 AM
President Obama has dispatched a team to Texas to assess whether deploying the National Guard would help officials handle the flood of young migrants crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley. Earlier this month, Obama ordered Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to send the DOD/DHS team to the border. Obama has meetings scheduled Friday with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to discuss the crisis, according to Reuters.
House GOP hearing today to focus on food stamps and 'heat and eat' - 7/24/2014 6:21 AM
This afternoon, a House Agriculture subcommittee will hold a hearing to do what they apparently did not accomplish via the lengthy 2014 Farm Bill debate – cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/food stamps). The subcommittee chairman, Steve King (R-Iowa), said the hearing will focus in part on the “heat-and-eat” provision that allows states to increase SNAP benefits by providing recipients a minimum amount of heating assistance. Governors have been taking steps to avoid the benefit cut by increasing heating assistance payments to the new $20-a-year minimum set by the 2014 Farm Bill. Several members have already pushed for tightening the program’s work requirements, something that will be tested with the state-run pilot projects authorized by the farm bill. More controversial will be continued efforts by some Republicans to alter the broad-based categorical eligibility rules that Republicans unsuccessfully tried to roll back in the new farm bill.
EU today mulls economic sanctions re: Russia - 7/24/2014 6:03 AM
EU diplomats will convene today to determine an extensive set of economic sanctions to impose upon Russia. The meeting follows the failed attempt of EU foreign ministers earlier this week to formulate a sanctions program. Many new measures have been outlined in a 10-page options memo prepared by the European Commission and sent to European national capitals, including a wide-ranging capital markets ban, an arms embargo and targeting Russia's energy sector.
Japan could soon have alternative fuel source - 7/24/2014 6:02 AM
Thirty banks are set to sign a $7.5 billion loan next month for the US Cameron LNG project that could offer Japan an alternative fuel source. Japan has been running record trade deficits after the nuclear industry shutdown forced it to boost energy imports following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The $10 billion Cameron project is owned by Sempra Energy, GDF Suez, Mitsui & Co., and a joint venture between Mitsubishi Corp. and Nippon Yusen KK.
US flights allowed again at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport - 7/24/2014 5:55 AM
The US FAA late Wednesday night ended its temporary ban on US airlines flying into Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport, after earlier extending that ban. The agency said the cancellation of that notice to airmen, so that flights may resume, took effect at about 11:45 p.m. EDT. The change came after FAA discussions with Israel’s government on steps being taken to mitigate risks; a rocket attack on Tuesday near the airport triggered the initial ban. The agency said it will “continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions, as necessary.”
IMF reduces forecast for US economic growth - 7/23/2014 2:26 PM
The International Monetary Fund today revised downward its projection for US economic growth in 2014 from 2 percent to 1.7 percent, largely on the first quarter contraction in gross domestic product. The Federal Reserve is forecasting that the economy will grow 2.1 percent for the year.
House GOP calls for immigration policy changes, sharp reductions to Obama supplemental spending request - 7/23/2014 2:25 PM
House Republicans are expected to cut President Obama’s supplemental spending request to deal with the unaccompanied minor crisis at the border with Mexico from $3.7 billion to $1.5 billion, change the 2008 immigration law to expedite their return to their home countries, and dispatch the National Guard to the border. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “Without trying to fix the problem I don’t know how we actually are in a position to give the president any more money. What the president’s asking for is a blank check.”
Transportation regulations would phase out older tank cars used for crude oil - 7/23/2014 2:22 PM
The Transportation Department today announced regulations that would phase out older rail tank cars used to ship crude oil. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, “Today’s proposal represents our most significant progress yet in developing and enforcing new rules to ensure that all flammable liquids, including Bakken crude and ethanol, are transported safely.” The regulations do not specify a replacement for the DOT-111 tank cars, and would apply to trains with over 20 cars.
Perdue beats Kingston in Georgia GOP Senate primary contest - 7/23/2014 7:26 AM
Former Dollar General and Reebok CEO David Perdue (R) beat Rep. Jack Kingston (R) to win the Republican nomination for US Senate on Tuesday, on the strength of his performance in the Metro Atlanta area. Kingston conceded late last night.
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 23, 2014
Assessing CPI | Defining PCE Read More --7/23/2014 8:25 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 22, 2014
US data ahead on housing, inflation | Japan lowers outlook Read More --7/22/2014 7:33 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 15, 2014--7/15/2014 7:22 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 14, 2014--7/14/2014 9:47 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 11, 2014--7/11/2014 8:24 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 10, 2014--7/10/2014 8:18 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 9, 2014--7/9/2014 7:05 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 8, 2014--7/8/2014 7:51 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 7, 2014--7/7/2014 11:56 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 3, 2014--7/3/2014 7:26 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 2, 2014--7/2/2014 9:13 AM Read More
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 21, 2014
The week ahead Read More --7/21/2014 8:23 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 18, 2014
Global tensions rise | Housing starts decline Read More --7/18/2014 8:18 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 17, 2014
China bond buys | Beige Books signals growth Read More --7/17/2014 9:00 AM
Macroeconomic Perspectives – July 16, 2014
Dissecting Yellen testimony | China data Read More --7/16/2014 10:03 AM
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
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 3, 2014--5/3/2014 12:28 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 28, 2014 --4/28/2014 2:47 PM Read More
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
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 21, 2014--4/21/2014 5:01 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 17, 2014--4/17/2014 4:36 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 15, 2014--4/15/2014 3:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 14, 2014--4/14/2014 5:21 AM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: April 13, 2014--4/13/2014 12:45 PM Read More
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 18, 2014
Research tax credit | SNAP | 2014 farm bill | US-Taiwan | Water quality | Global Climate Change Initiative | Disaster aid | Read More --5/18/2014 2:47 PM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 12, 2014
Rail transport of crude oil | Federal holidays Read More --5/12/2014 6:18 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 9, 2014
Energy efficiency bill | Multilateral development banks | Clear air issues | US-EU beef hormone dispute | Wetlands and CWA | Keystone XL pipeline | Farm bill unfunded programs | Immigration Read More --5/9/2014 6:33 AM
Congressional Research Service Reports: May 6, 2014
Crop insurance and farm bill | Iran sanctions | Tier 3 | Conservation and farm bill | US-Philippines | US-Malaysia Read More --5/6/2014 7:20 AM
Weekly Feed Grain Update
Corn choppy on the week as downward momentum eases Read More --7/21/2014 3:34 AM
Weekly Soybean Complex Update
Soybean & meal futures higher in front months, up in back months Read More --7/21/2014 3:34 AM
Weekly Transportation Update --7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Beef Outlook--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Pork Outlook--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Poultry Outlook--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Informa Weekly Dairy Update--7/21/2014 3:34 AM Read More
Weekly Feed Grain Update--7/13/2014 7:21 PM Read More
Weekly Soybean Complex Update--7/13/2014 7:21 PM Read More
Weekly Cotton Outlook--7/13/2014 7:21 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update--7/13/2014 7:21 PM Read More
Weekly Wheat Update
Wheat futures turn sideways as trade absorbs USDA S/U updates Read More --7/21/2014 3:34 AM
Weekly Rice Update
Futures turn sideways as cash markets await new-crop supplies Read More --7/21/2014 3:34 AM
Weekly Cotton Outlook
Price direction for the cotton market Read More --7/21/2014 3:34 AM
Weekly World Sugar Update
Comments on world sugar market Read More --7/21/2014 3:34 AM