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Changes in U.S. Agricultural Trade

The export of surplus U.S. agricultural production remains hugely important to some crops, especially for cotton and sorghum where over half of output is traded internationally, as well as for soybeans, wheat, and rice. From the 1980’s through 2017, U.S. trade policy was focused on expanding WTO rules and obtaining reciprocal regional and bilateral trade agreements. As a mostly net exporting sector, U.S. agriculture fully supported this policy direction. However, it was a politically challenging position as Congressional Democrats increasingly voted against such initiatives. In 1992 and 1996, Ross Perot ran as a Republican and then an independent presidential candidate opposed to NAFTA. By 2016, Donald Trump had realigned the Republic...

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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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