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Export Sales Tidbits

One of the constants in terms of market inputs is the weekly export sales report compiled and released by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Grain and soy markets are always attracted by export news and activity, and this report plays into that to some extent. The regularity of its release sometimes causes it to be taken for granted, especially when there is a flurry of daily reports of large export sales from FAS. Yet, there are also times when there is a dearth of fresh news or other inputs of interest to markets besides the weekly export sales report, and we are in one of those periods just now. Congress passed legislation in 1973 mandating establishment of a system that would require all U.S. exporters of grains, oilseeds...

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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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