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IBNews (International Business News from the Heartland)

The purpose of IBNewsmag is to support the international business of small & medium-sized enterprises/companies (SMEs). To us this means publishing original content not available from other media. Twice that we know of, IBNewsmag has been cited by influential organizations for its relevant information for our SME readers. We email IBNewsmag 6 times a year to our confidential email database of over 6,000, while many of the state international directors also send it out to their own lists.  IBNewsmag has been in continuous publication since 2004. To subscribe, or to advertise your services, simply respond by emailing: . Our advertising rates will remain the same for 2016. You will not find a more targeted medium of international SMEs. See below as published in the national District Export Council (DEC) newsletter.

“When a country prices a US commodity, the exchange rate also comes into play. The exchange rate is how much it would cost the grain buyer to purchase the US dollars he needs to buy the corn. This gets tricky; not only are they buying corn but they are also buying US dollars.  Like commodities, currencies trade on exchange markets. The prices fluctuate based on the global supply and demand of various currencies. Although currency is only part of the many reasons for lower exports and prices, it will be an important factor to watch going forward.”

Heartland International Trade Index

To help promote the USA Heartland region, InterMark3 developed the International Trade Index in cooperation with Creighton University of Omaha, Nebraska in 1996. Together, Ernie Goss, Ph.D., Ernie GossMacAllister Chair and Professor of Economics at Creighton University and Fred Baehner report monthly changes in new export orders and imports for a nine-state region that includes Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

The Index is compiled from a survey of supply managers from the Institute of Supply Management (formerly National Association of Purchasing Management). It is the only real-time leading economic indicator of international trade in the region, and is widely reported in the business media.

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