1 Year on. Whats happened?

Conversations | 5th August 2021 | By Andrew Whitelaw

It is exactly one year since the EP3 website launched, and our first articles started getting released. It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, both personally and the market itself.

We launched the EP3 website to provide independent analysis on the agricultural market, this was launched with an industry-first independence charter, which ensures our independence (see here).

One thing we don’t want to do is limit the access. We want everyone in the industry to have access to market intelligence which normally you’d have to pay for. You’ll never need to pay for our analysis.

In the past year, we have published 544 articles across a range of topics. It’s not just Matt and I, we also want to give a big thank you to our guest contributors Andrew Woods and Andrey Sizov.

Andrew supports us with an article on the wool market each week, when the industry isn’t on holiday. Russia is of paramount importance to the global grain industry, and Andrey provides updates on what is happening on the ground.

The market is pretty exciting, and the returns have been solid across most ag commodity markets since we launched.  We have chosen a bunch of commodities to display in the chart below, and this represents the move in price from the week we started, and this week.

It’s amazing to see the rise in commodity pricing at a local and global level, which at a time of increased productivity is providing a positive way forward to increase farm resilience. The only exception being ASX wheat which is trading lower than this time last year, but that was a time when pricing was still driven by the drought.

The main questions we get are, why is it free and how can you offer it free? Well we have opted for a different business model. We do a lot of work in the background for many corporate clients, from due diligence reports to market updates to boards (see here for an explanation).

This means we are able to continue to offer access to completely free, and always free, articles on agricultural markets. We thank all our subscribers and our partners who we have worked with over the past year.

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