Roger Bernard analyzes policy developments on agriculture, trade, energy, transportation, taxes and US economic and monetary policy for IEG Policy, and more widely for IEG Informa Economics.
As a Policy Analyst, he provides clients and subscribers with accurate, concise and timely analysis of events and policies to help them make market and business decisions.
Before he joined Informa in 2011, Roger worked for Farm Journal / Pro Farmer for more than 24 years. There he covered US agriculture, trade and Washington policy, spending more than 10 years working in Washington DC.
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Delayed data has started to flow from USDA and it confirmed trends that had been in place last fall continued into the end of the year relative to production, with the low-price atmosphere likely to be positive for turkey exports.
Delayed USDA data now being released indicated that slaughter weights have been declining since they peaked in November.
Questions are starting to rise on whether producers will keep their expansion plans intact that they previously signaled.
Both the House and Senate are in session this week with an eye on the exits as they intend to be out of Washington next week for the President's Day holiday.
US corn production in 2018 was down slightly more than expected ahead of the data, but supplies of the grain were mixed relative to the carryover levels and December inventories.
US soybean production for 2018 was slightly lower than prior on yield cuts to some states in the northern part of the country, but that still marks a record crop for the oilseed.