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High-Cost Energy/Ag Inputs Forecast

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its winter fuels outlook last week, forecasting rising prices for several key agricultural inputs.    First, natural gas will continue pushing up nitrogen fertilizer prices. While there are a number of factors at play in fertilizer prices including supply and delivery, crop prices, trade investigations (as WPI covered here), and natural gas, with the latter leading the way higher.  EIA is basing its forecast on colder than expected weather this winter and predicts natural gas prices will continue to climb.  The front-month natural gas futures contract for delivery at the Henry Hub averaged $5.11/MMBtu during September and was $5.68/MMBtu to close last week.&nb...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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