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Theater of the Absurd

Robinhood: Proving that it is easy to give away other peoples’ money, the United Nations Development Program is proposing the payment of a temporary basic income to 2.7 billion people living in 132 countries at the cost of $199 billion per month.  Stating the Obvious: Proving that too many politicians fail to understand basic market economics, there were screams for an investigation into why livestock growers were paid lower prices and meat fabricators received higher prices amidst the COVID-19 crisis. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service has stated the obvious: there was no price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition, or other unfair practices. Hòu Yán: China violated the 1997 agreement on t...

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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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