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India Doubles Down; Too Green

India Doubles Down Brazil and Australia have requested WTO dispute consultations with New Delhi, charging that India’s sugar subsidies exceed its commitment on domestic supports. The case follows a similar challenge by the U.S. on other crops. The reaction from the Modi government is to announce a new subsidy to reimburse for the cost of freight in moving farm products into export.   Too Green The two largest general farm organizations in the U.S. are the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU). AFBF claims 2 million members and leans Republican, while NFU has about 15 percent as many members and leans Democratic. At its national convention, the NFU membership rejected backing the so-called New...

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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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