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  • Maximum Residual Limits: Safety Measures or Good Agricultural Practices?

    posted by Joy Das on Thursday, May 14, 2020 Recently, a question that drew the attention of many farmers across the U.S. was regarding Maximum Residual Limits (MRLs) and its abidance of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). An MRL is the maximum amount of pesticide left as a residue in commodity or food items.

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  • Hog Slaughter Backlog - Impacts of COVID-19

    posted by David Miller on Monday, May 11, 2020 The spread of COVID-19 has created disruptions in livestock slaughter facilities. At the first of April, hog slaughter facilities began to operate at less than capacity.

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  • Holly's Internship with DIS so Far...

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Monday, May 4, 2020 It is hard to believe that I have been a member of the DIS team for nearly four months now! A lot has changed since the beginning of the spring semester when I started my internship, but I am grateful to be able to continue my work and research remotely for the time being.

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  • Catching Up on Aquaculture II

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, April 30, 2020 As promised in my last blog I will be writing a few blogs about Aquaculture in the U.S. as I continue my research for one of our market analytics projects. The last blog provided an overview of changes in U.S. Aquaculture over the five-year period between the 2013 USDA Census of Aquaculture and the 2018 USDA Census of Aquaculture. This focus of this blog and others will be on individual species of seafood raised in the U.S.

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  • Rachel's Internship Wrap-Up

    posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020 As I reflect back on my time at Decision Innovation Solutions, I feel so grateful for my experience! I could not have asked for a more perfect internship during college.

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  • COVID-19 Update from DIS

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Friday, April 3, 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting essentially all areas of our personal and professional lives. “Social distancing”, a term never heard in all my (increasing!) years, may end up being the “phrase of the year” before this challenge is put in the rear view.

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  • Pet Food Production and Ingredients Analysis

    posted by Jing Tang on Friday, April 3, 2020 As a general rule, pets are considered “family” in the United States. More than 100 million U.S. families have a pet at home. For the one-year time period, June 2018 to May 2019, pet owners spent more than $30 billion on 9.8 million tons of pet food products.

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  • Trip to Brazil

    posted by David Miller on Thursday, April 2, 2020 In March of 2020 I had the privilege to be one of the leaders of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation 2020 Market Study Tour to Brazil. I serve as a consultant to Iowa Farm Bureau through Decision Innovation Solutions. Twenty-three of us travels to the heart of the Amazon and other areas along the Amazon River and in Mato Grosso to look at agriculture, transportation and grain handling infrastructure.

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

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Thursday, April 2, 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.

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  • U.S. Biodiesel Production and Feedstocks Usage Five Year Outlook

    posted by Jing Tang on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) published its Monthly Biodiesel Production Report on February 28th, 2020. In this article, we will conduct a descriptive analysis of pure biodiesel (B100) production and its feedstocks usage.

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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 Decision Innovation Solutions 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 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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