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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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Forecasting developments in production agriculture

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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