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  • The Sustainability of Wind Energy: A Worldwide Resource

    posted by Brittni Echols on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 Wind energy has been harnessed for thousands of years. Early users of wind energy propelled their boats, grinded grain, pumped water and managed bodies of water creatively using wind power. In 1850, Daniel Halladay and John Burnham patented the first commercial windmill and established the first wind engine company in the U.S. How has wind energy harvesting changed since 1850? Today, the main use for wind energy is to generate electricity

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  • January 2020 Cattle on Feed

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 According to the January 2020 USDA Cattle on Feed Report, the total inventory of U.S. cattle on feed in 1,000+ capacity feedlots was almost 12 million head, up 2% from the previous year.

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  • Catching Up on Aquaculture

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Saturday, February 1, 2020 Our Decision Innovation Solutions team usually approaches complex projects by assigning specific segments of a project to individual team members. I have had the pleasure of being assigned to the Aquaculture segment of the animal food production industry. One of the tools I have used is the USDA Census of Aquaculture. This census is conducted every 5 years in conjunction with the USDA Census of Agriculture.

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  • Iowa Ethanol Gross Production Margin in the Year 2019

    posted by Jing Tang on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 We had unnormal weather events throughout 2019 April and May in the Midwest and Iowa that led to very significant delays in the corn planting process, which was one of the main reasons that the July corn future prices changed abnormally.

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  • Missouri Commodity Flow and Infrastructure Social Media Campaign

    posted by Rachel Sonnabend on Friday, January 3, 2020 As we wrap up 2019, we look ahead to year 2020! We will be wrapping up our American Feed Industry Association Social Media Campaign in January and after that, we will be starting our Missouri Commodity Flow and Infrastructure Social Media Campaign.

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  • 2018 ARC/PLC Payments

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Thursday, December 5, 2019 2018 ARC and PLC payments were issued in early October. Very few Iowa counties received any ARC-CO payments again this year. Final 2018/19 MYA prices were $3.61 for corn and $8.48 for soybeans, which resulted in a final 2018 PLC payment rate of $0.09 for corn but $0 for soybeans.

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  • Got Milk? The State of Dairy in the U.S. and Iowa

    posted by Brittni Echols on Monday, December 2, 2019 Milk has been a staple beverage in American diets for decades. But has milk consumption changed in recent years? With the help of technology and automation in the dairy industry, U.S. milk production more than doubled since 1930.

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  • Friends of Agriculture Producers Who Grow Your Food

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 I recently read an article in Morning AgClips regarding a county in Missouri attaining the designation of “Agri-Ready”. Morning AgClips is a news service that I use to stay informed about agricultural activity in nine states. I also have a long-time connection to Nebraska being born in Wayne County and raised on a farm in Platte County.

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  • The Constantly Changing World of Agriculture

    posted by David Miller on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Agriculture in Iowa is constantly changing. Every 5 years we get a snapshot of those changes with the Census of Agriculture by USDA. Earlier this year, USDA released the data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Here are 5 insights on Iowa Agriculture from that data.

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  • 2019 Fall Rainfall Records

    posted by Michelle Mensing on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 According to the October 28th USDA Crop Progress report, Iowa still only had 26% of corn harvested and 66% of soybeans, which are both well behind the 5-year averages of 53% and 80%, respectively. Last year was an exceptionally wet fall with many rainfall records in September and October across Iowa, but this year has been another extremely wet fall which is causing harvest delays.

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  • Freight Rates Analysis

    posted by Jing Tang on Sunday, September 8, 2019 As in the last article we talked about the common modes of transportation for agricultural commodities in the State of Missouri are truck, rail, ship, and multiple mode, with descending order, which multiple mode is defined as multiple modes and by parcel delivery services, U.S. Postal Service, or couriers by Freight Analysis Framework.

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  • The Rise and Return of Hemp in the U.S.

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 What do rope, shoes, plastics, food and beverages, animal feed, auto parts, fuel, sails, textiles, paper, canvas, building supplies, body lotions and salves have in common? They can all be made with the fiber, seeds or oil of hemp.

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  • Facilitating Trade Mission Activities Around the World

    posted by David Miller on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 Through Decision Innovation Solutions, I provide consulting services on international programs and activities to the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. One of my recent activities involved a trade mission to China and Taiwan.

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  • The "Quilt Map" Returns

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 2019 has been a very busy, productive year for the DIS team. From long-term additions to the team, an intense, short need from six interns and a bit of churn, we have had a great ¾ of 2019. At any one time, the DIS team could be working on 20-25 different projects – some big, some small, some short-term, some long-term. I often say that getting laid off in 2009, while difficult at the time, has turned out to be a rather enjoyable ride in the ten years since I've been working with the company. I

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  • Freight Transportation and Commodity Flow

    posted by Jing Tang on Thursday, August 29, 2019 Many midwestern states, like Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, etc., are reliant upon infrastructure to move agricultural and agricultural related commodities to markets. There are thousands of miles of state highways and paved county highways that are integral to the farm and grain handling facilities.

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