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$5 Gas Not Likely, Says Texas A&M Expert




Having to dig deeper to fill up the gas tank? You are not alone as gas prices have steadily risen in the past few weeks, but the possibility of gas hitting $5 a gallon by summer as many analysts are predicting is very unlikely, says a Texas A&M University economist who has studied oil prices for decades. John Moroney, professor of economics and an oil analyst for more than 30 years, says the possibility of gas reaching $4 a gallon from its current national average of around $3.45… Read More →




New webinar opportunity regarding energy markets




WEBCAST: Winter 2011-12 Energy Markets Outlook Thursday, November 3, 2011 11:00am ET (10:00am CT) REGISTER Join Planalytics on Wednesday, November 3rd for a discussion of some key trends and analysis for electric and natural gas markets heading into the Winter heating season. Webcast Topics Include: Weather-Driven Power Demand: The year-to-year variations, opportunities and risks Natural Gas: Inventory trends and market review Weather Update: Early season overview and trends to watch for the Winter There is no cost to participate but registration is required.  Please follow this link to register.  … Read More →




ANLA Legislative Update




The recent signing of health care reform legislation has brought a renewed national focus on events here in Washington, DC. With a shift in Congress’ attention, ANLA’s government relations team looks to several key issues, and threats, for our industry. Click here to view video updates on immigration reform, health care reform legislation, the Biomass Crop Assistance Program and the National Tree Planting Program.




Three tips for cost cutting




Almost all companies have or will need to cut costs to survive in the current environment. Unfortunately, not all cost cutting is done smartly. Consider these three pieces of advice before making cuts: Put strategy first. Cuts across the board rarely, if ever, lead to effective results. Laying out strategy first helps you decide where to cut, and also helps employees accept the cuts as a step toward a goal. Focus on good customers. Rather than cutting valued services to valuable customers, “fire” high-maintenance customers who cause you… Read More →




Fertilizer Price Volatility




U.S. prices of fertilizer nutrients began to rise steadily in 2002 and increased sharply to historic highs in 2008 due to the combined effects of a number of domestic and global long- and short-run supply and demand factors. From 2007 to 2008, spring nitrogen prices increased by a third, phosphate prices nearly doubled, and potash prices doubled. The price spike in 2008 reflects low inventories at the beginning of 2008 combined with the inability of the U.S. fertilizer industry to quickly adjust to surging demand or sharp declines… Read More →




What goes up must come down and back up again




U.S. prices of fertilizer nutrients began to rise steadily in 2002 and increased sharply to historic highs in 2008 due to the combined effects of a number of domestic and global long- and shortrun supply and demand factors. From 2007 to 2008, spring nitrogen prices increased by a third, phosphate prices nearly doubled, and potash prices doubled. The price spike in 2008 reflects low inventories at the beginning of 2008 combined with the inability of the U.S. fertilizer industry to quickly adjust to surging demand or sharp declines… Read More →




Why the auto industry is in trouble




If you want to figure out why the U.S. auto industry is in deep trouble, while Japanese car companies operating in the United States are doing a bit better, this picture from Mark Perry, an econ prof of University of Michigan, Flint, may be a good place to start.




Solving the cost-price squeeze




According to Table 10 in today’s BEA report, real disposable personal income increased in July by 1.2% compared to July last year, following a 3.4% annual increase in June and 6.3% increase in May. Both growth rates (May and June) were above the 2.6% average growth in real disposable income since 2001, following 7 months (October 2007 to April 2008) of below-average growth. Although real disposable income growth showed weakness in the last quarter of 2007 (0.6%) and the first quarter of 2008 (-0.7%), the above-average, year-to-year growth… Read More →