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Campaign Calling; White House Runs Through Unions

Campaign Calling Television broadcasting use to shutdown at 7pm. Congress would go on recess for the whole month of August and might not return to DC in an election year until they were sworn in the following January. Cable news switched to 24/7 broadcasting and the entertainment segment follow...

Nutrition and Food Security; Coarse Politics Amidst War

Nutrition and Food Security Today’s White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health included the release of a national strategy aimed at ending hunger and reducing diet-related diseases. The plan includes easier access to food, nutrition counseling, front of package labeling encourag...

Policy Roundup

Currency Crisis: The skyrocketing value of the dollar is a problem not just for U.S. exporters but other countries rich and poor alike. Japan is buying dollars to steady a yen that is at 145/dollar. China is also adding dollar supplies and raising the cost for those trying to short the renminbi...

Interest Rate Outlook Impact on Agriculture

Last week the Federal Reserve – by a unanimous vote – moved to increase the federal funds rate by another 75 basis points for the third consecutive meeting, which brings the rate to the 3 - 3.25 percent range. That’s the highest since since early 2008 prior to the last recessi...

Competitive Advantage; Strife and Opportunity

Competitive Advantage DimSum reports how scaled up techo-farms currently represent only 20 percent of Chinese agricultural production but much the way that scaling up pig farms created efficiencies, eventually other farms will follow if land laws get fixed. By contrast, scaled up farms in capit...

Originalism on WTO DSP

USTR Katherine Tai convened the first of what may be a series of meetings with key WTO counterparts on reform of the dispute settlement process (DSP). The U.S. first began blocking the appointment of judges to the WTO’s Appellate Body (AB) during the Obama Administration and has continued...

Alt Meat Investment; Alt Food Security; Backward Subsidies

Alt Meat Investment U.S. beef producers reacted to President Biden’s Executive Order calling for “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy.” The order also calls for using the technology in “cultivati...

Siloed Everywhere; U.S. Agriculture’s Future

Siloed Everywhere  International trade has become moral, geopolitical, and nationalistic, and so has local commerce. Global trade is now based on perceived and relative practices such as human rights, animal welfare, labor, environmental protection, etc. Don’t trade with autocrat reg...

Policy Conflicts and Solutions; India Highlighted

Policy Conflicts and Solutions Policymakers are realizing that the three big issues of climate change, sustainability and food security are conflicting. The Cairns Group is comprised of highly competitive agricultural exporting countries and so their frustration with the conflicts at the WTO is...

Food Inflation Extremes

The World Bank’s food security update notes that the agricultural price index rose one percent from August to September. Food inflation is high in low to middle income countries, with Zimbabwe and Lebanon standouts for having the highest inflation rates in both nominal and real terms (see...

Undermining Justice; Slothful Process; Oilseed Apartheid

Undermining Justice The U.S. Justice Department announced it was dismissing two more price fixing cases against poultry companies. This follows two other cases dismissed last month, and not guilty verdicts by jury against five other defendants that constituted the agency’s third failed at...

WOTUS Volatility; G7 Dreams

WOTUS Volatility The White House is reviewing EPA’s latest attempt to definitively define the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) for regulatory purposes under the Clean Water Act. Like fossil fuel extraction policy, wetlands policy changes with each shift in political party control of the White H...

Campaign Calling; White House Runs Through Unions

Campaign Calling Television broadcasting use to shutdown at 7pm. Congress would go on recess for the whole month of August and might not return to DC in an election year until they were sworn in the following January. Cable news switched to 24/7 broadcasting and the entertainment segment follow...

Nutrition and Food Security; Coarse Politics Amidst War

Nutrition and Food Security Today’s White House Conference on Food, Nutrition and Health included the release of a national strategy aimed at ending hunger and reducing diet-related diseases. The plan includes easier access to food, nutrition counseling, front of package labeling encourag...

Policy Roundup

Currency Crisis: The skyrocketing value of the dollar is a problem not just for U.S. exporters but other countries rich and poor alike. Japan is buying dollars to steady a yen that is at 145/dollar. China is also adding dollar supplies and raising the cost for those trying to short the renminbi...

Interest Rate Outlook Impact on Agriculture

Last week the Federal Reserve – by a unanimous vote – moved to increase the federal funds rate by another 75 basis points for the third consecutive meeting, which brings the rate to the 3 - 3.25 percent range. That’s the highest since since early 2008 prior to the last recessi...

Competitive Advantage; Strife and Opportunity

Competitive Advantage DimSum reports how scaled up techo-farms currently represent only 20 percent of Chinese agricultural production but much the way that scaling up pig farms created efficiencies, eventually other farms will follow if land laws get fixed. By contrast, scaled up farms in capit...

Originalism on WTO DSP

USTR Katherine Tai convened the first of what may be a series of meetings with key WTO counterparts on reform of the dispute settlement process (DSP). The U.S. first began blocking the appointment of judges to the WTO’s Appellate Body (AB) during the Obama Administration and has continued...

Alt Meat Investment; Alt Food Security; Backward Subsidies

Alt Meat Investment U.S. beef producers reacted to President Biden’s Executive Order calling for “Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy.” The order also calls for using the technology in “cultivati...

Siloed Everywhere; U.S. Agriculture’s Future

Siloed Everywhere  International trade has become moral, geopolitical, and nationalistic, and so has local commerce. Global trade is now based on perceived and relative practices such as human rights, animal welfare, labor, environmental protection, etc. Don’t trade with autocrat reg...

Policy Conflicts and Solutions; India Highlighted

Policy Conflicts and Solutions Policymakers are realizing that the three big issues of climate change, sustainability and food security are conflicting. The Cairns Group is comprised of highly competitive agricultural exporting countries and so their frustration with the conflicts at the WTO is...

Food Inflation Extremes

The World Bank’s food security update notes that the agricultural price index rose one percent from August to September. Food inflation is high in low to middle income countries, with Zimbabwe and Lebanon standouts for having the highest inflation rates in both nominal and real terms (see...

Undermining Justice; Slothful Process; Oilseed Apartheid

Undermining Justice The U.S. Justice Department announced it was dismissing two more price fixing cases against poultry companies. This follows two other cases dismissed last month, and not guilty verdicts by jury against five other defendants that constituted the agency’s third failed at...

WOTUS Volatility; G7 Dreams

WOTUS Volatility The White House is reviewing EPA’s latest attempt to definitively define the waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) for regulatory purposes under the Clean Water Act. Like fossil fuel extraction policy, wetlands policy changes with each shift in political party control of the White H...

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