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Newly installed Argentine President Javier Milei told elites in Davos last week that they need to rally around capitalism because socialism has never improved the lives of people. His speech was welcomed by some in the audience but not by all back in Argentina. He now faces large protests in Argentina by those that think they’ve benefited from Peronist socialism. His budget cuts and removal of regulations on labor and business have immediate adverse impacts but long-term benefits if they can be sustained.   Politics in the U.S. has security aid for Ukraine tied up with securing the southern border. Brussels now realizes it must ante up on its own for getting aid to Kyiv. Hungary is blocking the effort but leaders insist tha...

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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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