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Suicidal Tariffs; Not Beyond Meat

Suicidal Tariffs President Trump irrationally announced that he would impose 5 percent tariffs on goods from Mexico in less than two weeks and take them to 25 percent by October if Mexico City fails to stem the tide of illegal migration. Its irrationality is attested to by the reaction of the markets. Mexico is sending a delegation to Washington to discuss the matter, but it is a lose-lose proposition for several reasons: Mexico will simply retaliate in kind, ensuring that it is equally painful on both sides of the border. Democrats can’t complain about his getting tough on China, but they oppose Mr. Trump on immigration and will have a heyday over the new tariffs. Mexico can doubly retaliate by not only issuing its own tariffs...

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Communicating importance of value-added products

Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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