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Black Sea Regional Analysis

Recent Developments in Ukraine Approximately 5 percent of the total grain exported from Ukraine is shipped from Mariupol and Berdiansk seaports in the Azov Sea. Martial law has been imposed for 30 days in 10 regions of Ukraine, including all those where seaports are located. The current situation has prompted comments from authorities and market experts there. Mykola Horbachov, president of the Ukrainian Grain Association: If Azov Sea becomes war zone, the Ukrainian sea ports located there will be lost for export of grain. Although the volume of grain shipped from Mariupol and Berdiansk is just 5% of total grain export, redirecting grain cargoes to other sea ports will create additional strain for Urkzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways) that...

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The overnight session opened with little price direction. Grain and soy prices were down just slightly, although they recovered enough to trade in mixed fashion but very light volume. At the morning recess, corn and soybeans were in slightly positive territory, but wheat was a little weaker. Th...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.855/bushel, up $0.015 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.3275/bushel, down $0.025 from yesterday's close.  Jan 19 Soybeans closed at $9.0775/bushel, up $0.03 from yesterday's close.  Jan 19 Soymeal closed at $310.4/short ton, up $1.3 from...

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Infrastructure investment due diligence

On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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