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Unhelpful Timing; Tai Strengths and Weaknesses; IPEF’s Weakness

Unhelpful Timing The U.S. agriculture sector unleashed a pro-trade barrage on the Biden Administration this week and USDA bureaucrats wittingly or unwittingly contributed to the onslaught. U.S. agriculture is highly dependent on trade. It was first battered by Donald Trump’s trade war and it is now slipping further behind because of Joe Biden’s abidance to organized labor’s opposition to trade negotiations. Agriculture is now running a trade deficit and losing market share around the world.  The counterattack this week started with fifty-two agricultural trade groups urging Congress to expand trade, including passing renewed trade promotion authority. Association leader John Bode publicized that the EU and China are...

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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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