Archive - 2021

  • Recent Trends in Iowa's Ethanol Blend Sales

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 This article covers the most recent trends in ethanol blended fuel sales in Iowa. Data used comes from annual retail fuel sales data and rack level sales data collected and maintained by the Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR). Sales trends for the following fuel blends will be explored: E0, E10, Registered E15, Flex Fuel E15, E20, and E85.

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  • Featured Business Partner – Missouri Soybeans

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Thursday, July 15, 2021 Decision Innovation Solutions (DIS) has enjoyed its working relationships with numerous state and national commodity organizations. These associations play an important role in advocating for the producers and value-added processors who grow and add value to their commodity. The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and Missouri Soybean Association provide an excellent example of the important work it undertakes to promote the soybean industry.

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  • Newsletter - June 2021

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 This month we introduce our new research analyst, talk about Iowa's Ethanol Goss production margin, the CRP, trends in Iowa's ag machinery industry, and how our dynamic flow analysis methodology is used.

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  • Iowa Ethanol Gross Production Margin During the Second Half of the COVID-19 Pandemic and After

    posted by Jing Tang on Thursday, June 24, 2021 The gross production margin in the ethanol industry commonly represents the difference between the price of corn and the combined sales value of ethanol, and its co-products: distiller's dried grains (DDGs) and distillers corn oil (DCO). The GPM shows the calculated relationship between the value of ethanol and ethanol co-products and the cost of corn in ethanol production. In this article, we will focus on the behavior of GPM during the second half of 2020 and 2021 thus far.

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  • Dynamic Flow Analysis™ in Action

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Thursday, June 24, 2021 Our Dynamic Flow Analysis™ methodology has been used in various studies for our clients. We show how we used this methodology in the commodity flow study we conducted for biodiesel in Missouri, and how it is being used in Illinois in regard to the potential expansion of local meat processing.

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  • Recent Trends in the U.S. & Iowa's Ag Machinery Industry: 2021 Leads with Strong Sales

    posted by Brittni Echols on Monday, June 14, 2021 Recent trends experienced within the U.S. as a whole and within the state of Iowa go to show the important, and more prominent, role the agricultural machinery industry plays within the wider agricultural industry and economy.

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  • Conservation Reserve Program of U.S. Cropland: A Global Competitiveness Issue

    posted by Joy Das on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 Established under the 1985 Food Security Act, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is primarily focused on: protecting otherwise arable land from erosion, improving water quality, and protecting wildlife habitats. However, land idling due to the CRP has resulted in a reduction in agricultural production and impacted the United States' ability to contribute to the increasing global demand.

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  • Newsletter - May 2021

    posted by Decision Innovation Solutions on Monday, May 31, 2021 This month we introduce our new intern, talk about Oregon's Clean Fuels Program, corn forecasts, emissions and ag, our work with AgriGrowth, and how our dynamic risk-based modeling is used.

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  • Featured Business Partner – Minnesota AgriGrowth

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Tuesday, May 18, 2021 The Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization representing the agriculture and food industry. In 2020 we worked with Agrigrowth and collaborated with 24 individual sponsor groups to produce the Minnesota Agriculture & Forestry Economic Contribution Study.

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  • U.S. Agricultural Crops and GHG Emissions

    posted by David Miller on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 One of the very real questions for agricultural and food policy regarding GHG emissions is, “Do we want to cut emissions by cutting crop production and food supplies? Or should the emphasis be on continued improvements in factor use efficiency, such as improved N use efficiency in the major crops while continuing to increase overall agricultural output and increased food, feed and renewable fuel production?”

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  • Our New Marketing and Communications Intern

    posted by Rebekkah Amende on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Rebekkah Amende is excited to join DIS as our Marketing and Communications Intern. Raised in rural New Zealand, she gained a deep love and respect for the land. This motivated her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Agribusiness Management at Brigham Young University – Idaho. Since starting her studies here in America, Rebekkah has had the opportunity add to her professional development with the completion of an internship and her active participation in her university's Agribusiness Society.

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  • Ethanol, Biodiesel, and Renewable Diesel Contribution to Oregon's Clean Fuels Program

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Monday, March 22, 2021 Oregon Clean Fuels Program (Oregon CFP) was launched in 2016 by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. The program intends to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases generated during production, processing, transportation, and consumption (i.e., life cycle) of fuels used in the Oregon transportation sector. According to Oregon Department of Energy, the transportation sector accounts for about one-third of the state energy use.

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  • Latest Forecast for 2020/21 U.S. Corn Exports Reduced but Still Record High

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 A look at the pace and destination markets for corn exports from the United States. Brief discussions on why shifts have happened this year and policy in a few market destinations.

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