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Recession Impacts on Trade

Both the U.S. and Europe reported this week that the coronavirus pandemic sent their respective economies into the deepest plunge on record. A look at the impact of the 2007 – 2009 Great Recession for potential implications on agricultural markets from the current pandemic may or may not be instructive. There are large differences between the two events, as well as disparate actions by governments in the wake of the two events. Nonetheless, a look back provides a reference. Global protein trade was adversely impacted but not entirely. Global poultry trade kept growing through the period and beef exports only declined 3 percent. World pork trade fell 8.1 percent but immediately clawed back 7.2 percent the following year. The impact on...

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Market Commentary: International Demand Lifts Grains; Soybeans Sag Amid Quiet Export Markets

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Food Security Fraud

Yet another book is being written about the need for a strategic food reserve, this one by an organization with the “unbiased” name of “ACTION for Food Reserves.” It asserts the usual warning that “Two bad harvests in a row could mean famine for the world.” T...

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Summary of Futures

Mar 21 Corn closed at $4.2375/bushel, up $0.03 from yesterday's close.  Mar 21 Wheat closed at $5.885/bushel, up $0.1125 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soybeans closed at $11.53/bushel, down $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soymeal closed at $385.6/short ton, down $4.6 from...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary: International Demand Lifts Grains; Soybeans Sag Amid Quiet Export Markets

The CBOT is still trying to define new trading ranges and wheat and corn look to have accomplished that on Wednesday. Markets were steady/lower overnight as funds were net sellers in corn, wheat, and soybeans but the wheat market rallied sharply during the day session on a combination of intern...

feed-grains wheat

Food Security Fraud

Yet another book is being written about the need for a strategic food reserve, this one by an organization with the “unbiased” name of “ACTION for Food Reserves.” It asserts the usual warning that “Two bad harvests in a row could mean famine for the world.” T...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Summary of Futures

Mar 21 Corn closed at $4.2375/bushel, up $0.03 from yesterday's close.  Mar 21 Wheat closed at $5.885/bushel, up $0.1125 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soybeans closed at $11.53/bushel, down $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Jan 21 Soymeal closed at $385.6/short ton, down $4.6 from...

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China In-Country Analysis

Livestock China’s Number Three Hog Producer Reports Strong Sow Recovery China’s third largest live hog producer, Zhengbang Technology Company Limited, reported that its sow inventory is on track to reach 1.4 million head by the end of 2020. The company’s outlook for 2021 is ev...

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Infrastructure investment due diligence

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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