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Dark, Happy Winter Thoughts

The U.S. government is headed into a record-long shutdown with no end in sight. Americans are fractured politically. There is even talk of civil war on social media with left and right arguing which side has more firepower: those with illegal guns in coastal inner cities or the armed rednecks in between. In a nation with 100 million guns, it is not a pretty thought. South Korea’s exports are slowing as global demand for everything from chips to cars to heavy equipment is falling. In a glass-half-full assessment, U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says the economy will not go into recession this year, although it will slow down. Leaders in the European Parliament are insisting there be no trade negotiations with the U.S. unt...

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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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