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Canadian Ag Policy, Eh?; Korean Example at OECD

Canadian Ag Policy, Eh? After winning a plurality of seats but not a majority, Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party will have to govern as a coalition and no one expects much to happen, especially in rural western Canada. Western Canada, where the Conservatives control politics, is agriculture and fossil fuels. The coalition government will not approve the oil pipelines sought by the western provinces, though it might be okay increasing the amount of canola converted to biofuel. But minority-led governments have poor productivity and rarely last more than 18 months before requiring a new election.  Korean Example at OECD The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is hosting a forum this week on “Measuring...

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On behalf of a private U.S. agricultural technology provider, WPI’s team generated an econometric model to forecast the movement of concentrated corn production north and west from the traditional U.S. Corn Belt. WPI’s model has subsequently provided quantitative support to a multi-million-dollar investment into short-season corn variety development. WPI’s methodology included a series of interviews with regional grain elevators and seed consultants. Emphasizing outreach and communication with stakeholders who possess intimate sectoral knowledge – on-the-ground insights – is a regular component of WPI’s methodologies, made possible by WPI’s ever-growing network of industry contacts.

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