S. Patricia Batres-Marquez

S. Patricia Batres-Marquez

As a Senior Research Analyst for Decision Innovation Solutions, S. Patricia Batres-Marquez is responsible for conducting economic data analysis and modeling to evaluate agricultural policies relevant to clients to make informed decisions. Using her research expertise in the analysis of agricultural economic policies and agricultural trade, Patricia provides economic insight applying appropriate methodologies to address clients’ needs. Patricia develops analytical work resulting in a monthly newsletter publication related to the biofuel sector, reports, and blog posts. Also, Patricia develops and maintains economic simulations of interest to clients. Patricia received a BS degree in Business Administration from Universidad Centroamericana “José Simeón Canas” (UCA), El Salvador. She also earned a Master degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University in Manhatttan, Kansas. Prior to joining Decision Innovation Solutions, Patricia worked for the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University where she gained substantial experience in data collection and database development, modeling, and analysis. Patricia has conducted economic research to evaluate policies related to agriculture, food, nutrition, and risk. She has co-authored several research articles published in refereed journals such as the Journal of Food Distribution Research and the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Blog posts by this Author:

  • Recent Trends in Iowa's Ethanol Blend Sales

    This article covers the most recent trends in ethanol blended fuel sales in Iowa. Data used comes from annual retail fuel sales data and rack level sales data collected and maintained by the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR). Sales trends for the following fuel blends will be explored: E0, E10, Registered E15, Flex Fuel E15, E20, and E85.

  • Ethanol, Biodiesel, and Renewable Diesel Contribution to Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

    Oregon Clean Fuels Program (Oregon CFP) was launched in 2016 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The program intends to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases generated during production, processing, transportation, and consumption (i.e., life cycle) of fuels used in the Oregon transportation sector. According to Oregon Department of Energy, the transportation sector accounts for about one-third of the state energy use.

  • Latest Forecast for 2020/21 U.S. Corn Exports Reduced but Still Record High

    A look at the pace and destination markets for corn exports from the United States. Brief discussions on why shifts have happened this year and policy in a few market destinations.

  • 2020 Net Farm Income Projected to Increase

    This blog article looks at the details surrounding forecast 2020 U.S. net farm income, how it compares to other years from 2013-2019 as well as what the drivers of net farm income are this year. A look at Iowa compared to the U.S.

  • Renewable Diesel Thriving in Credit Generation for California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard

    According to the California Air Resources Board, the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is formulated to lower the carbon intensity (CI) of California's transportation fuel pool and to offer a growing selection of low-carbon and renewable alternatives. CI is measured in terms of grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent per megajoule of energy (gCO2e per MJ). The program has set a declining annual target in the CI of California's transportation fuel pool. The 2020 target is a 7.5% reduction relative

  • U.S. Pork Exports Upward Trend Continues in 2020

    U.S. pork muscle cut export volume was up 9% to 2.176 million metric tons (MT) in 2019 compared with 2018 (see Figure 1). 2019 U.S. pork muscle cut exports were boosted by large shipments to China despite high retaliatory tariffs on U.S. pork. China's drastic swine herd reduction due to the African Swine Fever (ASF) has caused lower Chinese pork production and considerably higher domestic pork prices.

  • USDA's July Forecasts Show Lower 2019/20 Soybean Production, Exports, and Ending Stocks

    In the latest USDA's WASDE report posted July 11, 2019, the 2019/20 soybean production forecast was down 305 million bushels to 3.845 billion bushels month-over-month (Figure 1). This forecast reflected lower planted and harvested area indicated in the June 28, 2019 Acreage report and lower expected yields. Soybean planted acres for 2019 was estimated at 80.0 million acres, down 4.6 million acres from last month. This would be the lowest acreage since 2013; however, this estimate might change.

  • China's Soybean Import Outlook in 2018/19 and 2019/20

    Until this marketing year, China had been the main foreign market for U.S. soybeans. However, Brazil has taken the lead as China's main soybean trading partner. The United States percent share of China's total imports increased from 22.1 percent in 2012/13 marketing year (MY) to 36.8 percent in 2016/17, however the share declined to 28.7 percent in 2017/18.

  • U.S. Soybean Exports Growing in Markets other than China in 2018/19

    Iowa is the number two soybean producer in the country after Illinois. In 2018/19 Iowa produced 565 million bushels of soybeans, which was about 12.4 percent of U.S. soybean production (4.544 billion bushels). U.S. soybean production is mainly destined for crush plants in the domestic market or for exports.

  • New Record for U.S. Ethanol Production and Exports in 2018 and an Update on Iowa's Ethanol Industry

    This report presents the latest information on U.S. ethanol production and exports to leading destinations and highlights Iowa's ethanol industry and the importance of this industry in supporting corn prices.

  • Fall 2018: Crop Supply, Demand, and Storage Capacity

    The last Crop Progress report released by USDA on November 26, 2018, indicated the top 18 corn and soybeans producing states were 90 percent and 91 percent harvested, respectively. The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released by USDA on December 10, 2018, projected 2018/19 corn production at 14.626 billion bushels, which if realized, would be the second largest after 2016 (15.148 billion bushels). In addition, USDA projected soybean production this marketing year ma

  • U.S. Soybean Outlook: 2018/19 Lower Production and Exports and Higher Ending Stocks

    USDA's November 8, 2018, edition of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report (WASDE) contains the latest forecast for the 2018/19 soybean marketing year

  • Iowa is a Leader in the Wind Energy Industry

    By the end of the second quarter of 2018, Iowa added 4 MW of new wind power capacity for a total of 7,312 MW. Based on the newest data from the U.S. Department of Energy, in terms of wind power capacity installed, Iowa is the third in the nation after Texas and Oklahoma.

  • U.S. Pork Exports Increased Increased in July While Mexico and China Tariffs Continued

    U.S. pork muscle cut export volume increased 6 percent to 1.165 million metric tons (MT) during the first seven months of 2018 compared with the same period last year.

  • USDA's 2017/18 Corn Export Forecast: Second-Largest on Record

    Although 2018/19 corn exports are forecast down 175 million year-over-year, exports are expected to continue a strong pace in 2018/19 marketing with a forecast volume of 2.225 billion bushels. The forecast was increased by 125 million bushels from June 2018 .

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