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CAFTA-DR Rewrite; Phase One Failure; Divergent Transatlantic

CAFTA-DR Rewrite When the CAFTA-DR FTA was finalized back in 2004, GDP in the Central American region was 30 percent smaller. Since that time, growth as been disproportionate. The Costa Rican economy has grown by 65 percent, Guatemala and Honduras are 37 percent richer, and the Dominican Republic is up 50 percent. But El Salvador’s Marxist-Leninist economy has shrunk, and Nicaragua’s dictatorship has kept its economy unchanged. Notably, many of the poorer signatory countries of the time agreed to tariff rate quotas that would stay in effect for almost two decades, keeping out American products for what seemed like a political lifetime. However, their protection is coming to an end and now some want the barriers renewed. It may...

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Livestock Senior Ag Ministry Official Warns of Sustained Low Hog Prices In a recent interview, the Deputy Director of MARA’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau said the excess supply of live hogs is here to stay for the time being. The agency head, Mr. Xin, said due to the robust grow...

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Export Sales

Export Sales for November 19-25, 2021. Wheat:  Net sales of 79,900 metric tons (MT) for2021/2022--a marketing-year low--were down 86 percent from the previous week and 80 percent from the prior 4-week average.  Corn:  Net sales of 1,020,800 MT for 2021/2022 were down 29 percent f...

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Market Commentary: Ag Markets Bounce, Pullback as Omicron Detected in U.S.

The CBOT started the day higher with corn and the soy complex leading the way after “buy on the bounce” and “risk on” trade developed overnight and in the early morning. Confirmation from the EU that Omicron coronavirus cases present with relatively mild symptoms and a l...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds livestock

China In-Country Analysis

Livestock Senior Ag Ministry Official Warns of Sustained Low Hog Prices In a recent interview, the Deputy Director of MARA’s Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau said the excess supply of live hogs is here to stay for the time being. The agency head, Mr. Xin, said due to the robust grow...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Export Sales

Export Sales for November 19-25, 2021. Wheat:  Net sales of 79,900 metric tons (MT) for2021/2022--a marketing-year low--were down 86 percent from the previous week and 80 percent from the prior 4-week average.  Corn:  Net sales of 1,020,800 MT for 2021/2022 were down 29 percent f...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: Ag Markets Bounce, Pullback as Omicron Detected in U.S.

The CBOT started the day higher with corn and the soy complex leading the way after “buy on the bounce” and “risk on” trade developed overnight and in the early morning. Confirmation from the EU that Omicron coronavirus cases present with relatively mild symptoms and a l...

China Strategy; Biotech Breakout

China Strategy The U.S., EU and Japan have agreed to collaborate on how to deal with non-market economic practices – read China. The debate over how to address China is the most important topic in Washington these days. Opinions are varied. Former U.S. State Department official Daniel Rus...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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