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Ag Review: Not Your Grandfather's Farm Bill

Swimming Around for Profits All proteins are in demand, but aquaculture holds a unique and very bright future in global markets. Growth Areas for Global Oi...

Ag Review: The Outlook for 2014

2014 Agripalooza The market, government and technology development will all three conspire to change things in the agrifood sector in 2014. It will be exci...

Ag Review: Can Exports Save the Dairy Industry?

  WPI Agribusiness Subsector Outlook    WPI Bull/Bear Leanings for Agribusiness in 2017 A summary and graphical depictions of WPI’s ex...

Market Commentary

General Comments: There are two major factors that will affect grain and oilseed prices this week: WASDE: It is USDA report week (again). Revised corn and...

Calling the Kettle Black; Beyond Belief; Harvey to Working with Dems

U.S. ethanol groups are hugely upset that Brazil has imposed import safeguards against their products and that China has gotten into large-scale production...

Farm Subsidy Reformists

The free-market think tank American Enterprise Institute has issued a paper calling for an end to U.S. farm bill crop subsidies and a shifting of those fun...

Closing Futures Prices

Activity in the Chicago SRW wheat market spilled over into those for HRW and HRS wheat futures. Changes in the soybean, soyoil, and soymeal futures point t...

Closing Futures Prices

Today’s closing prices for the first six listed futures contracts for major grain, oilseed, and livestock contracts are shown along with their price...

Closing Futures Prices

Activity in the Chicago SRW wheat market spilled over into those for HRW and HRS wheat futures. Changes in the soybean, soyoil, and soymeal futures point t...

Middle East and Mediterranean Regional Analysis

News Updates CORN FLOUR QUALITY PROBLEMS After many consumer complaints, the Tanzanian government is looking into the quality of maize flour available in t...

Export Sales Tidbits

One of the constants in terms of market inputs is the weekly export sales report compiled and released by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)...

Policy Roundup

Farm Policy CAP: EU Commission proposals to impose payment limitations on direct payments is running into resistance as some suggest that farmers will mere...

Ineffective Aid, Retaliation and Surveys

Ineffective Aid U.S. Agency for International Development official Nancy Lindborg says the Sahel region of Africa is in the midst of long-term drought and...

Market Commentary

General Comments Markets were higher overnight with soybeans up 3 cents, corn one half-cent higher and wheat up 2-3 cents. Volume was much better than othe...

Closing Futures Prices

WPI provides a summary of the week's futures price activity and the gains/losses experiences by grain, oilseed, and livestock markets. Additionally, today'...

Closing Futures Prices

WPI provides a summary of the week's futures price activity and the gains/losses experiences by grain, oilseed, and livestock markets. Additionally, today'...

Closing Futures Prices

Today’s closing futures prices for corn, wheat, soybeans, cattle, and hog futures are shown along with USDA’s Export Sales results. Export Sale...

Thursday

WPI provides a list of coming USDA reports that will have market-moving interest to our readers. Reports included in this list span those covering feed gra...

Ethanol Cuts, Value of USDA Reports

Ethanol Reduction The ethanol industry has been under attack on Capitol Hill and now it is reported that U.S. EPA will propose cutting the corn ethanol ble...

Alternative Energy; the Survey

Alternative Energy Roughhouse It was a smash-up week for alternative energy with more contradictory studies flying, legislative paring and mealy mouthed be...

Early Harvest + Logistics Problems = Weak Basis

You would think that when supplies of corn and soybeans are headed to their tightest levels ever you would see strong basis levels. The opposite is true to...

Flighty Fuel and Labeling Ideas

Flights of Fancy: USDA put a five-year extension on its "Farm to Fly" program intended to support the production of 1 billion gallons of aviation fuel by 2...

Persuasion Beats Politics

Political Success A testy vote today on food stamp spending started with a partisan vote on the rule itself and will likely go down from there. By contrast...

Killing Social Agriculture

Farm Bill Angle Aggies are trying every angle feasible for getting a five-year farm bill through the lame duck Congress. The latest is offering up the cuts...

Hijacked by Bears

Respondents to our recent online survey regarding expected U.S. economic growth this year were decidedly on the bearish side (see graph below). A sub-par 2...

Closing Futures Prices

Activity in the Chicago SRW wheat market spilled over into those for HRW and HRS wheat futures. Changes in the soybean, soyoil, and soymeal futures point t...

Policy Choices; Ethanol Room; Africa

Even if the FSA data has indicated a slightly lower acreage, the U.S. is still going to produce an exceptionally large corn crop. Meanwhile, U.S. EPA may w...

Dying for Rice; Faithless; Naked Tommy

It is hard to complain after pondering the conditions in North Korea where it is reported that Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has ordered up some reforms in ag...

TPA; RFS; Organic; Welfare; Economy

Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Congress to eliminate the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), but it has no chance at enactment. However, more notab...

Friends; Surprise; Okay

While Chinese government officials announced an effort to reduce fertilizer and pesticide use by 2020 in an attempt to decrease pollution, the U.S. EPA was...

Gridlock, Shopping and the Future

With around 50 heads of state in Washington this week for the U.S.-Africa Leaders' Summit, the streets are ablaze with the police sirens intended to keep t...

Laughing; Ukraine; Hopeful and Concerning

It is Republicans who would be on the defensive in November if they are blocking a TPP agreement that has strong support from the business community. Laugh...

Realignment; Outlook; Mouseprint

Pollsters say that Trump's disparagement of the Latino community has not broad-brushed other Republican candidates, but the rise of the anti-corporate welf...

Imagined Demand; Farm Bill Trouble; Wrong in Iowa

The ink is barely dry on the 2014 Farm Bill and its implementation is incomplete. However, lobbyists in Washington are already advising that it is time to...

Dubious Experts; Insider Trading; Palm Tax Nut

French politicians have reversed their earlier proposed tax on imported palm oil, supposedly intended to promote biodiversity in Southeast Asia. However, t...

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