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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...

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Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; Higher Brazil Freight Rates; EU Rapeseed; India’s Monsoon Issue

Not Much Improvement in U.S. Soy Export Sales Last Week Today’s USDA export sales report indicated the week ending 11 July was another challenging one for the U.S. soy complex. However, soybean exports last week were the highest since the week ending 21 March 2019. The report indicated ne...

Barriers and Ag’s Future; Plurilateral Future

Barriers and Ag’s Future The Greens and other liberal groups in Europe have aligned their sights on turning European agriculture into a chemical-free, non-intensive industry. Rather than just attack from the European Parliament’s largest committee, the Environment Committee, they ha...

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WASDE Soyoil

USDA Notes: Global oilseed exports for 2019/20 are projected at 175.0 million tons, down slightly from last month.  Global oilseed ending stocks for 2019/20 are reduced 10.7 million tons to 119.5 million, mainly on lower soybean stocks for the United States, Argentina, and Brazil.  Th...

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WASDE Soybeans

USDA Notes: Soybean production for 2019/20 is projected at 3.845 billion bushels, down 305 million based on lower planted and harvested area in the June 28 Acreage report and on lower projected yields.  Harvested area, forecast at 79.3 million acres, is down 4.5 million from last month.&nb...

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...

Taking Stock of the Political Risks Facing Agriculture

Markets, industries and companies are constantly exposed to political risk (i.e., the impact that changes in policies and regulations can have on profitability). Indeed, virtually every major company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) includes some comment or disc...

Legs of War; No Cigar

Legs of War The news that Presidents Trump and Xi plus their negotiators will have extended bilateral discussions around the G20 Summit was seen as hopeful but not definitive. Both sides are dug in deep and short of one side or the other (or both). As it incurs economic calamity, this war would...

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WASDE Soyoil

USDA Reported: 2018/19 reduced soybean oil used for biodiesel production, and higher soybean oil ending stocks.  The 2019/20 season-average price for soybean oil price forecast is unchanged at 29.5 cents per pound. ...

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WASDE Soymeal

USDA Reported: 2018/19 increased soybean meal imports and exports. The 2019/20 season-average price for soybean meal prices are forecast at $295 per short ton, up 5 dollars...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Death by Duties; Life with Meat

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Part of the focus on China pertains to the extent that the government controls the means of commerce. It is pervasive to be sure with more than a third of all business activity there estimated to be under such control. However, China is not alone. Western governme...

Future of Trump Trade Policy; Iced Coffee

Future of Trump Trade Policy  The U.S. has lower tariffs and fewer nontariff barriers than most other countries. The theory of Trump trade policy has involved an eye for an eye – imposing tariffs to leverage more equitable treatment. It has not worked well. South Korea, Canada and Me...

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...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: U.S. Soy Export Sales; Higher Brazil Freight Rates; EU Rapeseed; India’s Monsoon Issue

Not Much Improvement in U.S. Soy Export Sales Last Week Today’s USDA export sales report indicated the week ending 11 July was another challenging one for the U.S. soy complex. However, soybean exports last week were the highest since the week ending 21 March 2019. The report indicated ne...

Barriers and Ag’s Future; Plurilateral Future

Barriers and Ag’s Future The Greens and other liberal groups in Europe have aligned their sights on turning European agriculture into a chemical-free, non-intensive industry. Rather than just attack from the European Parliament’s largest committee, the Environment Committee, they ha...

soy-oilseeds

WASDE Soyoil

USDA Notes: Global oilseed exports for 2019/20 are projected at 175.0 million tons, down slightly from last month.  Global oilseed ending stocks for 2019/20 are reduced 10.7 million tons to 119.5 million, mainly on lower soybean stocks for the United States, Argentina, and Brazil.  Th...

soy-oilseeds

WASDE Soybeans

USDA Notes: Soybean production for 2019/20 is projected at 3.845 billion bushels, down 305 million based on lower planted and harvested area in the June 28 Acreage report and on lower projected yields.  Harvested area, forecast at 79.3 million acres, is down 4.5 million from last month.&nb...

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...

Taking Stock of the Political Risks Facing Agriculture

Markets, industries and companies are constantly exposed to political risk (i.e., the impact that changes in policies and regulations can have on profitability). Indeed, virtually every major company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) includes some comment or disc...

Legs of War; No Cigar

Legs of War The news that Presidents Trump and Xi plus their negotiators will have extended bilateral discussions around the G20 Summit was seen as hopeful but not definitive. Both sides are dug in deep and short of one side or the other (or both). As it incurs economic calamity, this war would...

soy-oilseeds

WASDE Soyoil

USDA Reported: 2018/19 reduced soybean oil used for biodiesel production, and higher soybean oil ending stocks.  The 2019/20 season-average price for soybean oil price forecast is unchanged at 29.5 cents per pound. ...

soy-oilseeds

WASDE Soymeal

USDA Reported: 2018/19 increased soybean meal imports and exports. The 2019/20 season-average price for soybean meal prices are forecast at $295 per short ton, up 5 dollars...

Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Death by Duties; Life with Meat

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Part of the focus on China pertains to the extent that the government controls the means of commerce. It is pervasive to be sure with more than a third of all business activity there estimated to be under such control. However, China is not alone. Western governme...

Future of Trump Trade Policy; Iced Coffee

Future of Trump Trade Policy  The U.S. has lower tariffs and fewer nontariff barriers than most other countries. The theory of Trump trade policy has involved an eye for an eye – imposing tariffs to leverage more equitable treatment. It has not worked well. South Korea, Canada and Me...

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