WPI Spotlight

  • August 24, 2017
    During his presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump often characterized the 23-year-old North American Free... NAFTA Renegotiation Begins
  • June 20, 2017
    Farmers in India want the Swaminathan Report recommendations implemented, including the suggestion that Minimum... Loan Waivers and MSP Issues in India

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Imprecision in defining the problem leads to crude solutions

The intellectual disconnect between policymakers and the fundamentals of global agricultural commodities gets scarier and scarier. This week's example is an op-ed in Thursday's Financial Times by World Bank President Bob Zoellick. The piece had to have been written by some cloistered public affairs staffer at the Bank because Bob Zoellick is too smart to have written such dribble.

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Progress Made toward allowing Mexican Trucks on US Roads.

Fifty-four U.S. agricultural products worth $1.7 billion probably have good news with the announcement that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has finally produced an "initial concept document" for resolving the Mexican trucking issue. DoT emphasizes that it is just a concept without specifics and thus is subject to many revisions, but there are plenty of specifics.

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Increasing Environment-Related Issues May Force Congress to Act

Agriculture groups have reportedly written the White House complaining about USDA's plan to limit Roundup Ready alfalfa area in order to protect non-GM alfalfa. They cite the conclusion in the government's own Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that the biotech alfalfa poses no adverse impact. They conclude that the EIS is the science and veering away from the science threatens to undercut the technology and the historical position of the U.S. in international fora.

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WPI Spotlight

  • August 24, 2017
    During his presidential campaign, candidate Donald Trump often characterized the 23-year-old North American Free... NAFTA Renegotiation Begins
  • June 20, 2017
    Farmers in India want the Swaminathan Report recommendations implemented, including the suggestion that Minimum... Loan Waivers and MSP Issues in India