World Perspectives

Recent Policy Analysis

Analog’s Future; The Clash and Impacts

Analog’s Future In contrast to Uber, investors have given Beyond Meat a meteoric climb. The question is, how real is the meat analog market? Like IT disruptors, Beyond Meat currently loses money on everything it sells, and one skeptical short seller went so far as to call it Beyond Stupid...

biofuel

EPA Biofuel Rules on the Way: Impact of E15 and Reset

The EPA has promised to have the waiver to allow year-round E15 use in place by the beginning of the summer driving season (1 June-15 September), which is when it is restricted under current regulations. An agency spokeswoman confirmed on 15 May that “EPA will finalize the rule before the...

USMCA to the Fore; Diluted Restitution

USMCA to the Fore The Trump administration’s lifting of tariffs on aluminum and steel from Canada and Mexico has moved consideration of the USMCA agreement to the fore but not without some remaining challenges. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing this Wednesday on the...

Key Issues Teed Up in Congress, but No Easy Path Forward

As USDA works on the details of a $15-20 billion relief package for agriculture, intended to mitigate the impact of China’s retaliation on the Trump administration’s latest round of tariff hikes, Congress is working on a broader disaster relief bill to cover hurricane damage in the...

China Forces Trump Hand; Global Readjustment; Turkey Signaling

China Forces Trump Hand He has tried to take on the world singlehandedly, but China’s resistance has forced President Trump to back off on his objectives elsewhere. Farmers, Republicans and the U.S. economy can only handle so much controversy at once. He was forced to end tariffs on steel...

Paying War Reparations

A major power conceding in a war usually takes many years and horrific losses. The undeclared war by the U.S. against North Vietnam lasted 20 years and took the lives of over 58,000 Americans as well as more than a million Southeast Asians. The Cold War lasted more than four decades and only en...

Disagree on the Disagreement; Stop Progress; Diverging Opinions; Dead Trees

Disagree on the Disagreement From the U.S. perspective, its goals for a trade agreement with China have been clear all along, and it was Beijing that backtracked when it deleted nearly a third of the 150-page draft document. From the perspective of China, it is Washington that has been untrustw...

FT Lies; Captive Suppliers

FT Lies Writing for the Financial Times, Rana Foroohar says that big companies have been society’s main economic beneficiaries and notes that Democrats are now focused on attacking not just tech but agribusiness as well. She implies that agribusiness is an even bigger problem for farmers...

Deconstructing the U.S.-China Trade War

News from inside the trade negotiations with China has generally been positive for about six months. Starting late last year (19 December 2018), the 1 January effective date of the U.S. tariff rate increases on Chinese goods was pushed back to 2 March to facilitate ongoing negotiations. From th...

biofuel

2020 Proposed RFS Volumes Up Slightly

Last week the EPA sent its proposed rule on 2020 Required Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review. The proposal provides for modest increases in biofuel volumes. Under the RFS, conventional ethanol is capped...

Understanding Agribusiness and Advancing Policy; Incubator Policy

Understanding Agribusiness and Advancing Policy Farmers are understandably anxious over low prices and now the excess moisture that has spring planting off to a slow start. The Ag Barometer survey of 400 producers indicates confidence that the trade war will be resolved in their favor is down t...

Fuel Aid Better than Food Aid; Fake or Fad, Trumped

Fuel Aid Better than Food Aid President Trump says that larger federal receipts from the higher tariffs on goods imported from China will be used to purchase American farm goods that are then shipped abroad to feed the hungry. The precedent for this idea is Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of...

Analog’s Future; The Clash and Impacts

Analog’s Future In contrast to Uber, investors have given Beyond Meat a meteoric climb. The question is, how real is the meat analog market? Like IT disruptors, Beyond Meat currently loses money on everything it sells, and one skeptical short seller went so far as to call it Beyond Stupid...

biofuel

EPA Biofuel Rules on the Way: Impact of E15 and Reset

The EPA has promised to have the waiver to allow year-round E15 use in place by the beginning of the summer driving season (1 June-15 September), which is when it is restricted under current regulations. An agency spokeswoman confirmed on 15 May that “EPA will finalize the rule before the...

USMCA to the Fore; Diluted Restitution

USMCA to the Fore The Trump administration’s lifting of tariffs on aluminum and steel from Canada and Mexico has moved consideration of the USMCA agreement to the fore but not without some remaining challenges. The U.S. House Ways and Means Committee holds a hearing this Wednesday on the...

Key Issues Teed Up in Congress, but No Easy Path Forward

As USDA works on the details of a $15-20 billion relief package for agriculture, intended to mitigate the impact of China’s retaliation on the Trump administration’s latest round of tariff hikes, Congress is working on a broader disaster relief bill to cover hurricane damage in the...

China Forces Trump Hand; Global Readjustment; Turkey Signaling

China Forces Trump Hand He has tried to take on the world singlehandedly, but China’s resistance has forced President Trump to back off on his objectives elsewhere. Farmers, Republicans and the U.S. economy can only handle so much controversy at once. He was forced to end tariffs on steel...

Paying War Reparations

A major power conceding in a war usually takes many years and horrific losses. The undeclared war by the U.S. against North Vietnam lasted 20 years and took the lives of over 58,000 Americans as well as more than a million Southeast Asians. The Cold War lasted more than four decades and only en...

Disagree on the Disagreement; Stop Progress; Diverging Opinions; Dead Trees

Disagree on the Disagreement From the U.S. perspective, its goals for a trade agreement with China have been clear all along, and it was Beijing that backtracked when it deleted nearly a third of the 150-page draft document. From the perspective of China, it is Washington that has been untrustw...

FT Lies; Captive Suppliers

FT Lies Writing for the Financial Times, Rana Foroohar says that big companies have been society’s main economic beneficiaries and notes that Democrats are now focused on attacking not just tech but agribusiness as well. She implies that agribusiness is an even bigger problem for farmers...

Deconstructing the U.S.-China Trade War

News from inside the trade negotiations with China has generally been positive for about six months. Starting late last year (19 December 2018), the 1 January effective date of the U.S. tariff rate increases on Chinese goods was pushed back to 2 March to facilitate ongoing negotiations. From th...

biofuel

2020 Proposed RFS Volumes Up Slightly

Last week the EPA sent its proposed rule on 2020 Required Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review. The proposal provides for modest increases in biofuel volumes. Under the RFS, conventional ethanol is capped...

Understanding Agribusiness and Advancing Policy; Incubator Policy

Understanding Agribusiness and Advancing Policy Farmers are understandably anxious over low prices and now the excess moisture that has spring planting off to a slow start. The Ag Barometer survey of 400 producers indicates confidence that the trade war will be resolved in their favor is down t...

Fuel Aid Better than Food Aid; Fake or Fad, Trumped

Fuel Aid Better than Food Aid President Trump says that larger federal receipts from the higher tariffs on goods imported from China will be used to purchase American farm goods that are then shipped abroad to feed the hungry. The precedent for this idea is Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of...

Select Filters to Apply

  • Markets
  • World
  • Publications

Search World Perspectives

Sign In to World Perspectives

Don’t have an account yet? Sign Up