Archive - 2020

  • Iowa Ethanol Gross Production Margin in 2020 - Impacts of COVID-19

    posted by Jing Tang on Monday, July 6, 2020 In the past three months, we have been through a unique and difficult situation due to the COVID-19 virus. Because of the pandemic, the demand for gasoline dropped dramatically, which reached the lowest demand within a couple of decades. This led to the demand for ethanol decreasing significantly. We analyzed and updated this series article that was previously done in the summer of 2019, which talked about how the Iowa ethanol gross production margin (GPM) behaved.

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  • June Hog & Pig Report - An Update on the Hog Situation

    posted by David Miller on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 There is likely to be some slaughter backlog yet in July 2020, but much of that backlog should be worked through by Labor Day. The amount of slaughter-ready hogs increases for much of September, October, and much of November. Nevertheless, the number of backlogged hogs in the third and fourth quarters of 2020 are expected to be less than 30% of the levels seen in the second quarter of 2020.

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  • Import Tariffs and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Export Market

    posted by Joy Das on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 The U.S. is the largest producer of poultry meat and one of the largest producers of eggs in the world. The level of domestic consumption of poultry meat (turkey, broilers, and other chicken) is very high. Although the total poultry meat consumption is less than the total red meat consumption in the U.S., it is considerably higher than either pork or beef consumption individually.

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  • Catching up on Aquaculture III

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 I recently had the opportunity to attend a virtual conference sponsored by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) on the 20th of May. According to their reports, “approximately 900 global customers and soybean industry representatives from 60 countries” attended the conference. The subject of the conference was “COVID-19 and the Implications to Aquaculture”.

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  • A Glimpse of Iowa's Honeybee Industry

    posted by Brittni Echols on Monday, June 1, 2020 One honeybee only makes 1/12 a teaspoon of honey in its lifetime, but the honeybees' products and service as a pollinator are all but minuscule. Honeybees are responsible for pollinating over 90 commercial U.S. crops including almonds.

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  • Update: Hog Slaughter Backlog - Impacts of COVID-19

    posted by David Miller on Monday, June 1, 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. The first hog plant to close was the Tyson plant at Columbus Junction, IA which closed on April 6, 2020. It was closed for two weeks.

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  • DIS Continues to Innovate Despite COVID-19

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Friday, May 29, 2020 Greetings! Thankfully, the restrictions that have come with the COVID-19 challenge are beginning to thaw, at least here in Iowa. And…thanks to an exceptional team and great clients the steady drumbeat of projects continues here at DIS.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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