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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 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 Decision Innovation Solutions 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 Decision Innovation Solutions 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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