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Farm Subsidy Reformists

The free-market think tank American Enterprise Institute has issued a paper calling for an end to U.S. farm bill crop subsidies and a shifting of those funds toward public research. The proposal would likely turn the U.S. into a net food-importing nation. The reason is three-fold: Other nations would continue to deploy their own farm subsidies. The U.S. would lose its only negotiating chip for eventually removing the higher import barriers utilized by other countries in exchange for ending domestic farm supports. Public research is utilized by other nations, and so U.S. taxpayers would subsidize their research, freeing up more money for other countries to pour into farm supports. The effort to discipline domestic farm supports at th...

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feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

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Statistics Canada released its initial estimates, which are based on surveys conducted last month, of planted area for 2019. Much like the U.S., they show a decline in oilseed plantings and an increase for grains. With the de facto Chinese embargo on Canadian canola weighing heavily on prices,...

wheat feed-grains soy-oilseeds

Black Sea Regional Analysis

Russian Grain Markets: 15-19 April 2019 While grain prices on the domestic market mostly dropped in RUB expression, they grew slightly in USD expression due to the strengthening of the ruble. Meanwhile, the average milling wheat sea export price fell to $222/MT FOB Black Sea, and purchase price...

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Summary of Futures

May 19 Corn closed at $3.4675/bushel, down $0.045 from yesterday's close.  Jul 19 Wheat closed at $4.385/bushel, down $0.065 from yesterday's close.  May 19 Soybeans closed at $8.5525/bushel, down $0.0675 from yesterday's close.  May 19 Soymeal closed at $300.4/short ton, down $0...

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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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