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Government Skewing The Indian government proclaims food insecurity and demands the right to build a domestic food stockpiling mechanism. At the same time, the country consistently runs a large food trade surplus. Now New Delhi is planning a program to increase the production and export of high-value agricultural products. The Crop Care Federation of India (agro-chemicals) has suggested that the government require countries supplying industrial equipment be required to accept an equivlent value of agricultural products from India. Then there is the Philippines, which plans to spend $10 million to boost the consumption of domestically-produced corn in a substitution bid to stop the importation of foreign rice. The Chinese are so insecure tha...

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Facing increasing pressure to quantify the value of export promotion efforts to investors, a U.S. industry organization retained WPI to develop a quantitative model that better communicated the importance of exports. The resulting model concluded that value-added meat exports contributed $0.45 cents per bushel to the price of corn, increasing support for that sector’s financial support of WPI’s client. In addition to serving the red meat industry with this type of analysis, WPI has generated similar deliverables for the U.S. soybean and poultry/egg industries.

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