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Fertilizer Crisis

Fortunately, Hurricane Ian did not adversely impact Florida’s production of phosphate for crop production, but nitrogen remains a major supply concern. This is especially true in Europe where limited natural gas supplies will be focused on winter heating needs and maintaining industrial output. Adding to possible woes, OPEC is considering a one million barrel per day cut in its output.  There are many that see the loss of low-cost fossil fuels and synthetic fertilizers as a positive fo the environment and a burden that will be managed. This is not true for those producing most of the food. Whenever someone with decades of experience in the food system hears someone describe it as broken, they know these are the same people drivi...

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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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