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Hunger Saves the Earth

The UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development are largely being written by NGO’s from rich countries, which is making some of the world’s poorest countries skeptical about their implications. Europe is pushing for UN sustainability goals that largely mimic its own Farm to...

Short OJ Break

Reports indicated that the global pandemic caused a resurgence in the consumption of orange juice under the belief that its high vitamin C content strengthens the immune system. If there was a rebound, it was a small and short one. Between 2014/15 and 2018/19, global orange juice consumption fe...

livestock

Eggs versus People

Among the animal proteins, only milk has lower GHG emissions than poultry eggs. This is because in a sense, they are both renewable farm products. A cow produces thousands of pounds of milk and a hen lays hundreds of eggs. The egg industry is emphasizing its sustainability attributes in a bid t...

livestock

COOL Report

The requirement in the U.S. for country-of-origin labeling became effective in 2008 and by 2015 legislators were writing its repeal. The way it had been designed was ruled protectionist by the WTO and yet every year a certain group of politicians seek a return to the mandate, largely due to pre...

Climate Ghosts

Mexico’s Deputy Central Bank Governor Irene Espinosa is doing what many other politicians do when they want innocence from a problem – blame global warming. Inflation is higher this year in Mexico and food inflation specifically has shot up to 6.1 percent. The Deputy Governor has re...

biofuel livestock

Ag Review - May 2021

WPI's monthly publication features a review of the past month's market and policy analysis articles. This month we examine issues surrounding market demand for ethanol, pork, and poultry, as well as future issues impacting the agriculture sector and the politics surrounding them. You’ll a...

That’s Nuts

When it comes to almonds, the U.S. is the world’s largest producer by far. It produces over 80 percent of the world’s almond crop. However, when it comes to walnuts, China retains the lead, but the hard-fought fight has gotten closer. A decade ago, China produced almost 46 percent o...

livestock

Uncertain Values

British farmers are upset that their government may give access to the UK market to beef from Australia. They argue that they are not competitive against their Aussie peers. The relative competitiveness is difficult to understand based on public data. Based on dated numbers from the FAO, Brazil...

livestock

Reliability versus Value in Beef

Argentina’s restriction on beef exports to control domestic inflation and political upheaval could raise issues over reliability as a supplier. However, Russia has proven that wheat importing countries care more about value (quality and price) than they do about reliability of specific su...

livestock

Forecasting Pork Demand

U.S. hog and pork markets exploded this year with pork prices challenging the COVID-19 pandemic highs and hog values challenging record highs set during the 2013 PEDv outbreak. One key difference between today’s market and those of these prior periods is that hog slaughter remains near or...

farm-inputs

CPTPP Appeal; Food Opponents; TRIPS for Free

CPTPP Appeal China’s aggressive effort to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) may be having an unintended effect – causing the U.S. to reconsider its previous rejection of such an agreement. If China were to join, which seems unlike...

Lumber Price Turnaround

After more than a year of sharply rising prices, softwood lumber is finally starting to show some cracks. Due to circumstances related to COVID, softwood lumber prices increased by 370 percent. Lumber mills expected 2020 to be like any other recession year in which housing starts collapse. By t...

Hunger Saves the Earth

The UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development are largely being written by NGO’s from rich countries, which is making some of the world’s poorest countries skeptical about their implications. Europe is pushing for UN sustainability goals that largely mimic its own Farm to...

Short OJ Break

Reports indicated that the global pandemic caused a resurgence in the consumption of orange juice under the belief that its high vitamin C content strengthens the immune system. If there was a rebound, it was a small and short one. Between 2014/15 and 2018/19, global orange juice consumption fe...

livestock

Eggs versus People

Among the animal proteins, only milk has lower GHG emissions than poultry eggs. This is because in a sense, they are both renewable farm products. A cow produces thousands of pounds of milk and a hen lays hundreds of eggs. The egg industry is emphasizing its sustainability attributes in a bid t...

livestock

COOL Report

The requirement in the U.S. for country-of-origin labeling became effective in 2008 and by 2015 legislators were writing its repeal. The way it had been designed was ruled protectionist by the WTO and yet every year a certain group of politicians seek a return to the mandate, largely due to pre...

Climate Ghosts

Mexico’s Deputy Central Bank Governor Irene Espinosa is doing what many other politicians do when they want innocence from a problem – blame global warming. Inflation is higher this year in Mexico and food inflation specifically has shot up to 6.1 percent. The Deputy Governor has re...

biofuel livestock

Ag Review - May 2021

WPI's monthly publication features a review of the past month's market and policy analysis articles. This month we examine issues surrounding market demand for ethanol, pork, and poultry, as well as future issues impacting the agriculture sector and the politics surrounding them. You’ll a...

That’s Nuts

When it comes to almonds, the U.S. is the world’s largest producer by far. It produces over 80 percent of the world’s almond crop. However, when it comes to walnuts, China retains the lead, but the hard-fought fight has gotten closer. A decade ago, China produced almost 46 percent o...

livestock

Uncertain Values

British farmers are upset that their government may give access to the UK market to beef from Australia. They argue that they are not competitive against their Aussie peers. The relative competitiveness is difficult to understand based on public data. Based on dated numbers from the FAO, Brazil...

livestock

Reliability versus Value in Beef

Argentina’s restriction on beef exports to control domestic inflation and political upheaval could raise issues over reliability as a supplier. However, Russia has proven that wheat importing countries care more about value (quality and price) than they do about reliability of specific su...

livestock

Forecasting Pork Demand

U.S. hog and pork markets exploded this year with pork prices challenging the COVID-19 pandemic highs and hog values challenging record highs set during the 2013 PEDv outbreak. One key difference between today’s market and those of these prior periods is that hog slaughter remains near or...

farm-inputs

CPTPP Appeal; Food Opponents; TRIPS for Free

CPTPP Appeal China’s aggressive effort to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) may be having an unintended effect – causing the U.S. to reconsider its previous rejection of such an agreement. If China were to join, which seems unlike...

Lumber Price Turnaround

After more than a year of sharply rising prices, softwood lumber is finally starting to show some cracks. Due to circumstances related to COVID, softwood lumber prices increased by 370 percent. Lumber mills expected 2020 to be like any other recession year in which housing starts collapse. By t...

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