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Odd Man Up; Antibiotic Correlations; Half-Truths; Supplying the World

Odd Man Up Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is chairman of the powerful U.S. Senate Finance Committee and is at once mainstream and unpredictable. He has said he disagrees with Donald Trump’s use of the national security (Section 232) rationale for extracting concessions from trading partners, and yet he has endorsed the president’s threat to withdraw from NAFTA as a tactic to achieve congressional approval of its successor, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. He is the first to defend U.S. agriculture, but farm groups are anxious over the NAFTA withdrawal tactic. Grassley wants the president to remove Section 232 tariffs from Canada and Mexico, a move supported by farm groups.   Antibiotic Correlations The U.S. Food & Drug Ad...

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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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