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Feeding the World

The current global population is estimated to total around 7.5 billion. By most measures, the world creates or produces enough food to feed them all. In theory, the world’s food security has never been higher. Nevertheless, it is estimated that around 800 million people – more than...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 19 July)

Update for 19 July 2019: Data updated for all routes/origins.    Update for 17 July 2019:   Data added for Romanian corn and wheat FOB and CNF Egypt.  Data added for feed wheat FOB Black Sea and CNF various destinations.  Tweet  4 May Update: Pushed a user interfa...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 19 July)

Update 19 July 2019:  Data is updated for all origins/destinations.    Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 18 July 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting The bulls got hold of the freight markets this week and pushed things higher. This was the biggest single week jump in the...

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Livestock Roundup: Losing Count of Chinese Pigs; Cattle on Feed Preview

Losing Count of Chinese Pigs Yesterday China announced a new African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Sichuan Province, bringing the total now reported to more than 140. In the hog and pork world, it is ASF all day, every day. That is THE black swan event in the market for the world’s most c...

Trump Policy Gets Support; Friends and Neighbors

Trump Policy Gets Support Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is in Washington this week and told an Atlantic Council audience that instead of fighting the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite the rules for multilateral institutions like the WTO, “we” should accept this opport...

The Fed’s Upcoming Decision: To Cut or Not to Cut?

The Federal Reserve looks poised to cut interest rates - or does it? This depends upon whether you consider what the Fed says it looks at – inflation and job growth – or read the minutes of its last meeting. Of course, the decision is catalyzed by the president’s jawboning the...

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Oilseed Highlights: WASDE Soy Highlights; U.S. Soy Export Sales

Soy-Related Changes in USDA WASDE Report USDA somewhat surprised market analysts today by reducing the forecast for U.S. soybean production in 2019 by more than most expected to 3.845 billion bushels (104.64 MMT) from its June forecast of 4.15 billion bushels (112.95 MMT). This followed the dec...

U.S.-Japan FTA Will Cost; Varied GMO Approaches

U.S.-Japan FTA Will Cost Junnosuke Kobara at Nikkei provides analysis showing that while Japanese farmers may be few in number, they have outsized influence when voting as a bloc. The analysis is important because there is an Upper House election in two weeks, and the Abe government is negotiat...

Eastern Europe’s Good Deal; Firms Prepare for Long War; Slick Cooking the Books

Eastern Europe’s Good Deal The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published the results from analyzing the quality of 1,400 foods across 19 member states, which found no ‘East-West food quality discrimination in Europe.’ The study was precipitated by complaints i...

Trade Blame Game; Funding the War; Attack on Productivity

Trade Blame Game Deborah Elms of the Singapore-based Asian Trade Centre told a Washington audience this week that the U.S. flouting international trade rules is encouraging Asian countries to do likewise. This may be true if viewed in isolation, but then the inverse can also be said – Asi...

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China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends Food Inflation Reaches Highest Level in Seven and a Half Years The effects of the August 2018 outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) have continued to reverberate across China’s economy in 2019. In the second quarter of this year, food inflation has hit levels not seen since 2...

Is the Immigration-Tariff Deal with Mexico a Template for China Breakthrough?

There is a great deal of speculation on whether Presidents Trump and Xi will actually meetand/or come to a deal at the G20 Summit in Osaka on 28 and 29 June. Much of the rhetoric from the U.S. side has continued to take a tough stance in trade talks with China. However, it is now more than a ye...

feed-grains wheat livestock

Feeding the World

The current global population is estimated to total around 7.5 billion. By most measures, the world creates or produces enough food to feed them all. In theory, the world’s food security has never been higher. Nevertheless, it is estimated that around 800 million people – more than...

FOB Prices and Freight Rate App (Updated 19 July)

Update for 19 July 2019: Data updated for all routes/origins.    Update for 17 July 2019:   Data added for Romanian corn and wheat FOB and CNF Egypt.  Data added for feed wheat FOB Black Sea and CNF various destinations.  Tweet  4 May Update: Pushed a user interfa...

Interactive Ocean Freight Rates (Updated 19 July)

Update 19 July 2019:  Data is updated for all origins/destinations.    Ocean Freight Insights and Comments - 18 July 2019 By Jay O'Neil Commodity Consulting The bulls got hold of the freight markets this week and pushed things higher. This was the biggest single week jump in the...

livestock

Livestock Roundup: Losing Count of Chinese Pigs; Cattle on Feed Preview

Losing Count of Chinese Pigs Yesterday China announced a new African swine fever (ASF) outbreak in Sichuan Province, bringing the total now reported to more than 140. In the hog and pork world, it is ASF all day, every day. That is THE black swan event in the market for the world’s most c...

Trump Policy Gets Support; Friends and Neighbors

Trump Policy Gets Support Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is in Washington this week and told an Atlantic Council audience that instead of fighting the Trump administration’s effort to rewrite the rules for multilateral institutions like the WTO, “we” should accept this opport...

The Fed’s Upcoming Decision: To Cut or Not to Cut?

The Federal Reserve looks poised to cut interest rates - or does it? This depends upon whether you consider what the Fed says it looks at – inflation and job growth – or read the minutes of its last meeting. Of course, the decision is catalyzed by the president’s jawboning the...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: WASDE Soy Highlights; U.S. Soy Export Sales

Soy-Related Changes in USDA WASDE Report USDA somewhat surprised market analysts today by reducing the forecast for U.S. soybean production in 2019 by more than most expected to 3.845 billion bushels (104.64 MMT) from its June forecast of 4.15 billion bushels (112.95 MMT). This followed the dec...

U.S.-Japan FTA Will Cost; Varied GMO Approaches

U.S.-Japan FTA Will Cost Junnosuke Kobara at Nikkei provides analysis showing that while Japanese farmers may be few in number, they have outsized influence when voting as a bloc. The analysis is important because there is an Upper House election in two weeks, and the Abe government is negotiat...

Eastern Europe’s Good Deal; Firms Prepare for Long War; Slick Cooking the Books

Eastern Europe’s Good Deal The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission published the results from analyzing the quality of 1,400 foods across 19 member states, which found no ‘East-West food quality discrimination in Europe.’ The study was precipitated by complaints i...

Trade Blame Game; Funding the War; Attack on Productivity

Trade Blame Game Deborah Elms of the Singapore-based Asian Trade Centre told a Washington audience this week that the U.S. flouting international trade rules is encouraging Asian countries to do likewise. This may be true if viewed in isolation, but then the inverse can also be said – Asi...

livestock

China In-Country Analysis

Macro Trends Food Inflation Reaches Highest Level in Seven and a Half Years The effects of the August 2018 outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) have continued to reverberate across China’s economy in 2019. In the second quarter of this year, food inflation has hit levels not seen since 2...

Is the Immigration-Tariff Deal with Mexico a Template for China Breakthrough?

There is a great deal of speculation on whether Presidents Trump and Xi will actually meetand/or come to a deal at the G20 Summit in Osaka on 28 and 29 June. Much of the rhetoric from the U.S. side has continued to take a tough stance in trade talks with China. However, it is now more than a ye...

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