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Inputs Boost Production

The push by environmental activists to reduce and/or eliminate the use of pesticides and fertilizers in production agriculture may have varying impacts in individual countries but would likely reduce overall global production of cereals. This is because at the individual country level there are many other variables affecting production. Weather is chief among the external influencers of agricultural productivity, but pest and nutrient needs can also vary by geographic location, and chronologically.  Using overall global cereals production and the use of fertilizer and pesticides, there is a nearly perfect correlation. The use of fertilizer (0.95) has a slightly stronger relationship to production than pesticide usage (0.91). Soil type...

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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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