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Reassuring Thoughts

Human nature veers toward concern over the future, but facts are irrefutable. As noted by Steven Pinker in Enlightenment Now, everything in the world is getting better: longevity, health, physical and economic security, the environment, etc. This is also true of agriculture, trade and the economy. Trade Policy: There are concerns, including whether the U.S. next imposes tariffs on autos, but also bright opportunities at this juncture such as trade opening negotiations in play with China, Europe, Japan, the Philippines as well as possibly the UK and Africa. Getting the Trump administration to address its steel and aluminum tariffs would be another positive development. Agricultural Policy: Angst over surplus food is always better than fear...

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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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