Archive - 2012

  • Biomass Utilization in Dry Weather

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 The current dry spell in much of the Midwest raises some challenges the fledgling bio-products industries will face now and in the future. There are still some who believe the biomass material is just "extra" material that has no other potential use. For livestock producers and dairy...

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  • US Seed Trade Model

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 The United States is a large net exporter of corn seed for planting. Seed trade, including that of corn, has been expanding, but its determinants are not well understood. One of the essays of my doctoral dissertation, which was published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics,...

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  • Correlation or Causation?

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 I recently had a discussion with an individual about what drives the prices of commodities, which was a good discussion, but it helped remind me about why I enjoy and get frustrated with economics and correlations. It also reminded me of the importance of asking better questions,...

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  • Examination of Water Quality in the Raccoon River Watershed, Iowa

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Friday, May 04, 2012 We recently concluded a study (forthcoming in the Journal of Environmental Quality) on water quality modeling in the Raccoon River Watershed in Iowa. Intensive agricultural production is a predominant use of a significant portion of the land in the Raccoon River Watershed and is a primary driver...

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  • Land Use Tug-of-War Brewing

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 I recently attended a Biomass Crop Workshop in Creston, IA. I was interested in attending for two reasons. First, our team has developed an application for biomass mapping that takes into account land stewardship and economic factors for converting land use to production of biomass energy crops....

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  • 2011 Missouri River Flooding Economic Impacts The Case of Agriculture

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Friday, April 13, 2012 With the spring season upon us, the weather here in Iowa has really begun to warm. With this change in weather, the focus in Iowa and Nebraska agriculture now turns to planting a new crop. With this focus, the events of last year's Missouri River flooding are...

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  • Is it Time for an Economic Development Refocus?

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Friday, April 06, 2012 I have the pleasure of traveling around the state speaking to economic development groups. Often times the discussion is about how to attract jobs to a particular region. On a recent trip though the discussion was different, it turned to how to attract people to the region...

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  • Economic Impact Analysis, by Spencer Parkinson

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Thursday, March 29, 2012 Here are a few questions for you: Have you ever wondered how many jobs a new business brings with it when it starts? What happens when a business closes? How much new income comes with a new business? Can a business really bring more jobs to an area than it...

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  • Dynamic Risk-Based Modeling in Action

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Monday, March 26, 2012 One of our most loyal customers, Feed Energy Company, was recently honored as the runner-up for the Information Technology Innovation Award for their use of one of our custom decision-making tools. The "Nth Load" model is a computational, Dynamic Risk-Based Modelingâ„¢ tool that objectively analyzes large data sets to provide...

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