• Josh Flint

    Biomass Production Has No Place in the Cornbelt

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 28, 2011

    At face value, using biomass to produce a liquid fuel or fire an electricity generation plant is an exciting prospect. However, there’s one big sticking point – you can’t feed miscanthus to livestock. It seems too often the folks who advocate planting thousands of acres of prime Illinois farmland are missing a key point when it comes to king corn. It’s highly marketable (not to mention profitable). Corn has several primary markets: ethanol/industrial use, feed and…

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is Officially "Born" on Thursday

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 18, 2011

    This Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau begins its official oversight duties. The CFPB is one of the big components of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill that was passed by the Democratically-controlled Congress in the wake of the recession. Over the weekend, I read a terrific feature in Bloomberg Bussinessweek about the implications of CFPB. The new bureau essentially pools the powers of several regulatory agencies into one group, with the primary purpose being to…

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    Can Baseball Teach Us Something About Farming?

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     by Josh Flint
     on July 5, 2011

    A lifelong fan of Major League Baseball (St. Louis Cardinals), when a friend told me about a book called Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis it quickly leapfrogged to the top of my reading list. The book looks at Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s novel approach to building a baseball team. Faced with a scant budget in the early 2000s, Beane seeks to build a team based heavily on statistics, rather than scouts’ projections. For example…

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