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Scott H. Irwin    
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Outreach

Public service through outreach has a long and illustrious history at land-grant universities and I am proud to be a part of that tradition. Throughout my career I have attempted to closely integrate research and outreach activities. In truth, it is hard to tell where one begins and the other ends. Over the years I have made outreach (extension) presentations on a wide variety of topics, including futures market performance, agricultural marketing, market advisory service performance, crop insurance, grain and livestock market outlook, and managed futures investment. I have also had the privilege of leading the farmdoc project (http:/www.farmdoc.illinois.edu/) since its inception in 1999. This pioneering extension project provides comprehensive economic information and analysis for farmers and agribusinesses in the U.S. Corn Belt. The project has garnered national, state, and campus awards for excellence and has served as a new model for extension and outreach activities in agricultural economics departments throughout the U.S. The farmdoc website receives about 1 million visits annually. I also led the development and am a regular contributor to farmdoc daily (http://www.farmdocdaily.illinois.edu/), a cutting-edge extension website at the University of Illinois. This site uses blog technology to present one original article each day on a Corn Belt farm economics topic. It has quickly earned a place on the “must read” list of agricultural decision-makers and analysts not only in the U.S. but around the world. Since its inception in 2011 usage has grown very quickly, and now exceeds 2 million visits annually. If you have never visited either of these websites I hope you will give them a try!

farmdoc daily Articles (View All Articles)

Hubbs, T., D. Good, and S. Irwin. "Assessing Argentine Corn Yield Risk: Historical Deviations from Trend." farmdoc daily (6):234, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 15, 2016.

Hubbs, T., D. Good, and S. Irwin. "Assessing Brazilian Corn Yield Risks with the First and Second Crops: Historical Deviations from Trend." farmdoc daily (6):233, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 14, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "The RFS and Domestic Consumption of Conventional Ethanol and Biomass-Based Diesel to 2022." farmdoc daily (6):229, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 7, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "The EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard Rulemaking for 2017 Was More Aggressive than Expected." farmdoc daily (6):225, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 30, 2016.

Good, D., T. Hubbs, and S. Irwin. "Assessing South American Soybean Yield Risks: Estimating the Yield Trend." farmdoc daily (6):217, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 16, 2016.

Good, D., T. Hubbs, and S. Irwin. "Assessing South American Corn Yield Risks-Estimating the Yield Trend." farmdoc daily (6):212, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 9, 2016.

Good, D., T. Hubbs, and S. Irwin. "Assessing South American Corn and Soybean Yield Risks: Exploring the Data Sources." farmdoc daily (6):207, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, November 2, 2016.

Irwin, S., D. Good, and D. Sanders. "Revisiting Surprises in USDA's Quarterly Grain Stocks Estimates--Evidence from Wheat." farmdoc daily (6):197, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 19, 2016.

Irwin, S. "What's Up with RINs Prices?" farmdoc daily (6):188, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 5, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Big Corn and Soybean Crops Get Bigger is a Myth!" farmdoc daily (6):184, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, September 28, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Opening Up the Black Box: More on the USDA Corn Yield Forecasting Methodology." farmdoc daily (6):162, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 26, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Understanding "Implied Ear Weight" in USDA's August Corn Yield Forecast." farmdoc daily (6):156, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 18, 2016.

Irwin, S. and D. Good. "Some Perspective on the USDA's August 1 Corn and Soybean Yield Projections." farmdoc daily (6):153, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 12, 2016.

Irwin, S. "The Profitability of Biodiesel Production in 2016: Feasting on an Expiring Tax Credit?" farmdoc daily (6):141, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 27, 2016.

Irwin, S., D. Good, and D. Sanders. "Revisiting USDA Corn and Soybean Grain Stocks Estimates." farmdoc daily (6):136, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 20, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Uncertainty About 2016 U.S. Average Corn and Soybean Yields Persists." farmdoc daily (6):132, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, July 14, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Does the Market Read Too Much into the USDA's March 1 and June 1 Corn Stocks Estimates?" farmdoc daily (6):114, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 16, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "U.S. Gasoline Consumption: Where to From Here?" farmdoc daily (6):110, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 10, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "RFS Standards Beyond 2017--Biodiesel or Bust?" farmdoc daily (6):104, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "The EPA's Proposed 2017 RFS Standards: Is a Push Still a Push?" farmdoc daily (6):100, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 26, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "New Corn and Soybean Pricing Models and World Stocks-to-Use Ratios." farmdoc daily (6):99, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 25, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Sensitivity Analysis of New Corn and Soybean Pricing Models." farmdoc daily (6):82, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 29, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "The New Era of Corn and Soybean Prices Is Still Alive and Kicking." farmdoc daily (6):78, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 22, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Forming Corn and Soybean Price Expectations for 2016-17." farmdoc daily (6):71, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 13, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "The Relationship between Stocks-to-Use and Corn and Soybean Prices: An Alternative View." farmdoc daily (6):66, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 6, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Forming Expectations for 2016 U.S. Average Winter and Spring Wheat Yields: What About El Niño?" farmdoc daily (6):62, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 30, 2016.

Irwin, S. "farmdoc daily Turns Five Today!" farmdoc daily (6):52, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 17, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Forming Expectations for 2016 U.S. Average Corn and Soybean Yields: What about El Niño Transitions?" farmdoc daily (6):51, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 16, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Forming Expectations for the 2016 U.S. Average Soybean Yield: What About El Niño?" farmdoc daily (6):46, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 9, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "Forming Expectations for the 2016 U.S. Average Corn Yield: What About El Niño?" farmdoc daily (6):41, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 2, 2016.

Irwin, S. "Are Gasoline Prices Still High Relative to Crude Oil Prices?" farmdoc daily (6):36, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 24, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "More on the Competitive Position of Ethanol as an Octane Enhancer." farmdoc daily (6):31, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 17, 2016.

Irwin, S. "The Profitability of Biodiesel Production in 2015." farmdoc daily (6):27, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 11, 2016.

Irwin, S. and D. Good. "The Competitive Position of Ethanol as an Octane Enhancer." farmdoc daily (6):22, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 3, 2016.

Schnitkey, G., B. Sherrick, and S. Irwin. "Release of iFarm Premium Calculator and iFarm Payment Evaluator." farmdoc daily (6):21, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, February 2, 2016.

Good, D., and S. Irwin. "Using FSA Acreage Data to Project NASS January Planted Acreage Estimates for Corn and Soybeans." farmdoc daily (6):17, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 27, 2016.

Good, D., and S. Irwin. "The Crop Acreage Puzzle Revisited--With Implications for 2016." farmdoc daily (6):13, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 21, 2016.

Irwin, S., and D. Good. "The New Upside-Down Relationship of Ethanol and Gasoline Prices." farmdoc daily (6):8, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 13, 2016.

Irwin, S. "The Profitability of Ethanol Production in 2015." farmdoc daily (6):3, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, January 6, 2016.

Presentations

The State of the U.S. Biofuels Industry and Where It's Headed (October 3, 2017)
Keynote presentation to OPIS 2017 RFS2, RINs, and Biodiesel Forum.

Long-Term Weather Trends and Prospects for a Recovery in the Price of Corn (December 2016)
Presentation at the 2016 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

The Outlook for Conventional Biofuels is Brighter Than You Think (December 2015)
Presentation at the 2015 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Can One Monster Crop End the New Era of Grain Prices? (December 2014)
Presentation at the 2014 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Grain Stocks Estimates: Can Anything Explain the Market Surprises of Recent Years (Feb 2014)
Grain and Oilseeds Outlook presentation at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum

The RFS and Crop Markets: Where to from Here? (December 2013)
Presentation at the 2013 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Structural Change in Agricultural Futures Markets: What Have We Wrought? (November 2013)
Presentation at the Conference on Taming Agricultural Risks sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

The RFS and Grain and Oilseed Markets: All Eyes on the EPA (November 2013)
Conference on Farmland Markets: Profitability and Future Perspectives sponsored by the TIAA-CREF Center for Farmland Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Managing Risk in Today’s Markets (February 2013)
Plenary Panel Presentation at the USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum
(Irwin remarks start about the 38:00 minute mark) Slides that accompany the remarks found here.

The Impact of Biofuels Mandates on Grain and Oilseed Markets (December 2012)
Presentation at the 2012 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Farming is Fun! (February 2012)
Presentation to the Phoenix Agricultural Club.  Updated version of the “New Plateau” presentation.

The New Price Plateau (July 2011)
Presentation at the 2011 Purdue Top Farmer Crop Workshop.

When to Sell Corn and Soybeans in Illinois (December 2010)
Presentation at the 2010 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Speculation and Price Volatility: Implications for Farmer Marketing (December 2009)
Presentation at the 2009 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Crop Value and Volatility in a New Era (December 2008)
Presentation at the 2008 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

Influence of Weather and Technology on Corn Yields (December 2007)
Presentation at the 2007 Illinois Farm Economics Summit Meetings.

farmdoc: This is Still Your Father’s Extension Program (March 2007)
Seminar presentation on the development, organization, evaluation, and lessons learned from the first eight years of the farmdoc project.

Biofuels: Implications for Prices and Production (December 2006)
Presentation at the 2006 Illinois Farm Income Meetings.

Should Technical Analysis be a Part of Your Crop Marketing Program (December 2005)
Presentation at the 2005 Illinois Farm Income Meetings.

The Use and Abuse of Web Traffic Statistics for Extension Program Evaluation (July 2005)
Organized symposium presentation at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Agricultural Economics Association. The session was entitled, “What Makes an Outstanding Extension Economics Web Site?"

Sizing Up Your Marketing Advisory Program (December 2004)
Presentation at the 2005 Illinois Farm Income Meetings.

Risk Assessment for New Generation Grain Contracts (December 2004)
Presentation to the Country Elevator Meeting of the National Feed and Grain Dealers Association.

A Systematic and Disciplined Approach to Crop Marketing (December 2004)
Presentation to the Country Elevator Meeting of the National Feed and Grain Dealers Association.

Grain Marketing: Getting Back to the Fundamentals (December 2003)
Presentation at the 2004 Illinois Farm Income Meetings.

Keys to Successful Grain Marketing (December 2002)
Presentation at the 2003 Illinois Farm Income Meetings.

Benchmarking Your Marketing Performance and New Generation Contracts (December 2001)
Presentation at the 2002 Illinois Farm Income Meetings.

 
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