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  • Rachel's Internship Experience

    posted by Rachel Sonnabend on Monday, April 01, 2019 I remember way back in October when I saw an email from my department at Iowa State University about a Marketing-Communications Internship with Decision Innovation Solutions. I was immediately intrigued and thought to myself, this sounds like the perfect position for me! I was definitely correct and am very happy and grateful that DIS offered me the position back in November.

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  • Update on U.S. Biodiesel Production and Feedstocks Usage in 2018

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Friday, March 29, 2019 In this month's article, we look at pure biodiesel production and its feedstock usage for 2018. A previous update covering pure biodiesel production can be found in the April 2018 Report from the AgMRC Renewable Energy Report.

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  • New Record for U.S. Ethanol Production and Exports in 2018 and an Update on Iowa's Ethanol Industry

    posted by S. Patricia Batres-Marquez on Friday, March 29, 2019 This report presents the latest information on U.S. ethanol production and exports to leading destinations and highlights Iowa's ethanol industry and the importance of this industry in supporting corn prices.

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  • US and Chinese Perspectives on the Trade War – 2019 March Update

    posted by Jing Tang on Thursday, March 28, 2019 From our previous article, we compared the attitudes from the different perspectives of American and Chinese regard to the trade war (trade talks) since March of 2018. After the last round negotiation on February 15th, 2019, President Trump has delayed tariffs scheduled for March 1st on Chinese goods because they are “moving along nicely with Trade discussions”, said in his tweet.

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  • Colombia Pork Market Potential

    posted by David Miller on Friday, March 15, 2019 One of the roles I fill is the International Programs Consultant for the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. In that role, I support IFBF in their international trade relationships. Recently, IFBF participated in a meat trade mission to Colombia to help create new opportunities for Iowa meat exports to Colombia.

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  • Quick Look at Fuel Ethanol Production and Consumption

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Sunday, March 03, 2019 U.S. ethanol production was at 1.028 million barrels per day for the week ending February 22, 2019 according to the most recent Weekly Ethanol Plant Production report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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  • I Love Eggs

    posted by Merlin Siefken on Monday, February 25, 2019 My favorite breakfasts (yes, I have more than one) always include eggs in some form. If you have breakfast at Iowa Machine Shed here in Urbandale and you order an entrée with eggs you will get an extra egg just for telling your server “I Love Eggs”.

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  • US and Chinese Perspectives on the Trade War

    posted by Jing Tang on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 The trade war (trade talks) between the US and China started in March of 2018. Intensity of the trade talks increased until the G-20 summit in Argentina on December 1st, 2018. After the two presidents met, they announced a moratorium in regard to trade issues like tariffs on certain products, intellectual property, market access, etc. and set a three-month negotiation period.

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  • American Feed Industry Association Social Media Campaign

    posted by Rachel Sonnabend on Monday, February 18, 2019 As a Marketing-Communications Intern at Decision Innovation Solutions, I have had the opportunity to take on many different tasks regarding our social media channels. Most recently, I have started to create a social media campaign for the economic research and contribution DIS did for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER).

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  • Will Low Hog Prices Continue in 2019?

    posted by Chris Mandt on Thursday, February 07, 2019 2018 saw decreased hog prices received for most months compared to 2017. This was partially due to trade disputes that have remained.

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  • Utilizing Crop Progress Good and Excellent Condition Ratings for forecasting Iowa Corn and Soybeans Yield – Part 2

    posted by Jing Tang on Friday, January 25, 2019 Our last article has emphasized that a good understanding of corn and soybean yields are important for the State of Iowa. So, we conducted a series of studies to analyze how to utilize crop condition ratings for forecasting Iowa corn and soybean yield. From the last article we know using the Final Crop Good and Excellent Condition Ratings to forecast Corn and Soybean Yield for the State of Iowa is a good approach.

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  • Utilizing crop progress good and excellent condition ratings for forecasting Iowa corn and soybeans yield – Part 3

    posted by Jing Tang on Friday, January 25, 2019 In this series of articles, we studied the relationship between the crop progress Good and Excellent condition ratings and the corn and soybean yields for the State of Iowa from 1986 to 2018. The final condition rating is a good predictor to forecast the Trend Adjusted (TA) Yield for both corn and soybeans; to have more details check the first article of the series.

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  • Corn Crush for Fuel Ethanol 2016-2018

    posted by Sampath Jayasinghe on Friday, January 25, 2019 In this short report, we look at the amount of corn and sorghum crushed for fuel ethanol production. This data analysis work is based on the Grain Crushing and Co-Products Production report published by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS).

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  • Utilizing Crop Progress Good and Excellent Condition Ratings for forecasting Iowa Corn and Soybeans Yield -- Part1

    posted by Jing Tang on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 US corn and soybean production in 2018 is estimated to be 14.6 billion bushels and 4.6 billion bushels, respectively. Iowa is ranked first in the United States for corn production and second in soybean production according to the USDA state ranking report published in May 2018.

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  • Looking Back on 2018

    posted by Spencer Parkinson on Monday, January 14, 2019 With the upcoming close of a successful 2018, we recognize that we are undoubtedly blessed as we prepare to look back at the many great things that happened here at Decision Innovation Solutions this past year.

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