USDA cuts off early look by news agencies at crop reports

Bowing to complaints that high-frequency traders are profiting in the 1 or 2 seconds after it releases its market-moving crop reports, the USDA said on Tuesday that it would no longer allow news agencies to look at the reports before they are released. The news agencies transmit their reports at the same instant that USDA makes its data public.

Senate committee approves three CFTC nominees

On a voice vote during a brief meeting in the Capitol, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved the nominations of Rostin Behnam, Brian Quintenz and Dawn Stump for commissioners of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the watchdog agency for the derivatives market. If confirmed by the Senate, the nominations would restore the CFTC to nearly its full complement of five commissioners.

Trump nominates CFTC commissioner

President Trump has nominated Brian D. Quintenz of Ohio to be a commissioner of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, according to the White House website