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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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  • What is the DIS Social Cultivator?

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, August 1, 2019 Have you ever wondered what your members are thinking and talking about on social media? Or what trends are occurring in different groups of people all across the country? The DIS Social Cultivator (DISSC®) allows you to gain and leverage deeper insights on your membership or other influential audiences with the added benefit of understanding what trends and topics they are talking about.

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  • Soybean Meal Demand Assessment for United Soybean Board Social Media Campaign

    posted by Rachel Sonnabend on Friday, July 19, 2019 In the past year, Decision Innovation Solutions has completed research for the United Soybean Board regarding protein sources in animal diets. In this research, DIS completed an analysis for every state in regards to how soybean meal (SBM) is used for feed and consumed in the United States

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

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 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.

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  • What happened to Iowa Ethanol Gross Production Margin in 2019 so far?

    posted by Jing Tang on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 “Planting progress has been slowed by relatively frequent and relatively heavy rains throughout April and May.”, said DIS chief economist, David Miller, on May 24, 2019. (Blog is originally posted here) These abnormal weather events affected a number of rivers with flooding in the Midwest area, which led to delays in the corn planting process.

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

    posted by Jing Tang on Monday, July 8, 2019 The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) published Monthly Biodiesel Production Report on June 28th. In this article, we will conduct a descriptive analysis of pure biodiesel (B100) production and its feedstocks usage back to 2014. EIA reported 152 million gallons pure biodiesel was produced in this April, which was 11 million gallons more compared with March 2019, and 9 million gallons more compared with April 2018.

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  • Telling Agriculture's Story

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Almost every day you will hear or read information that indicates a significant segment of our population does not understand or appreciate the contribution of agriculture in their lives. How many jobs does agriculture support?

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

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Sunday, June 23, 2019 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.

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  • Full Prevented Planting and Late Period Planting Return Comparison Tool

    posted by Chris Mandt on Sunday, June 23, 2019 The wet spring of 2019 with rains and flooding has kept many fields unplanted across Iowa. With the final planting dates in the state of May 31 for corn for grain and June 15 for soybeans, the provisions of the Prevented and Late Planting aspects of crop insurance are important considerations for farmers faced with these decisions.

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  • Quick Look at U.S. Monthly Biodiesel Production

    posted on Friday, May 31, 2019 In this short article, we look at pure biodiesel production for 2019. Pure or traditional biodiesel is known as Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME). Renewable diesel (also known as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil or HVO) and FAME often are confused.

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  • The Fish You Eat May Have Eaten Their Vegetables

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Worldwide, the per capita consumption of fish is increasing. Some of that increase is due to population growth and some growth is due to rising incomes.

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