World Perspectives

Rural Infrastructure; Chinese Countryside; EU Identity Politics; Ag Budget

Rural Infrastructure President Trump’s newly announced infrastructure plan gives some priority to rural areas by making them an early beneficiary of the funding match. A boost to rural broadband service is mentioned as a priority. Skeptics argue that the proposed federal portion cannot attract the 7.5:1 ratio of state/local/private funding for each federal dollar offered, although that is in line with other federal work share projects. The White House also plans the concurrent first guideline revisions in four years to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) with the goal of creating a single agency environmental signoff for projects within two years of being proposed. Current NEPA assessments take three to five years and can dr...

WPI on Twitter

WPI POLL

Trump's negotiations with China...?

Related Articles

Reading Trump, Again; Economic Focus; Market Signals; Iran and China Impacts

Reading Trump, Again The Trump administration’s announcement of a Section 232 investigation into automobile imports as a national security threat only reinforced the viewpoint of critics that he is a protectionist. However, the goal is not new duties on car imports but leverage to negotia...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The general grain and soy rally surged ahead overnight with soybeans and wheat reaching double-digit gains, while more timid corn futures managed to climb 3-4 cents. Speculation that China may commit to purchase a large amount of additional U.S. ag products and a list of weather concerns around...

livestock

Cattle on Feed

USDA will release its monthly Cattle on Feed report tomorrow. Pre-report estimates from the industry peg the total number of cattle on feed as of 1 May to be 104.8 percent of last year with April placements and marketings at 90.6 percent and 106 percent, respectively, of the totals for April 20...

Reading Trump, Again; Economic Focus; Market Signals; Iran and China Impacts

Reading Trump, Again The Trump administration’s announcement of a Section 232 investigation into automobile imports as a national security threat only reinforced the viewpoint of critics that he is a protectionist. However, the goal is not new duties on car imports but leverage to negotia...

feed-grains soy-oilseeds wheat

Market Commentary

The general grain and soy rally surged ahead overnight with soybeans and wheat reaching double-digit gains, while more timid corn futures managed to climb 3-4 cents. Speculation that China may commit to purchase a large amount of additional U.S. ag products and a list of weather concerns around...

livestock

Cattle on Feed

USDA will release its monthly Cattle on Feed report tomorrow. Pre-report estimates from the industry peg the total number of cattle on feed as of 1 May to be 104.8 percent of last year with April placements and marketings at 90.6 percent and 106 percent, respectively, of the totals for April 20...

soy-oilseeds

Oilseed Highlights: Argentine Export Taxes; China’s Soy Purchases…

Argentina May Freeze Soy Export Tax Rates Argentine Finance Minister Nicolas Dujovne has proposed freezing export tax rates for soybeans and soymeal/soyoil at the current levels of 27.5 percent and 24.5 percent, respectively. Under current policy, they are supposed to decline by a half-percent...

Image
From WPI Consulting

Weighing in on strategic realignment

WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

Search World Perspectives

Sign In to World Perspectives

Don’t have an account yet? Sign Up