August 19, 2008

Corn grower investments support meat exports

The Nebraska Corn Board today put out a news release that -- in the face of record U.S. pork exports and improving foreign sales of U.S. beef -- noted many state corn checkoff programs are working to not only expand livestock production, but are also supporting efforts to build demand globally, which helps bring results like what USDA reported.

"Even though Nebraska has one of the lowest corn checkoff rates in the country, Nebraska corn producers put more resources into promoting the livestock industry than any other state,"according to Jon Holzfaster, chairman of the Nebraska Corn Board. Holzfaster noted that corn grower's support of the U.S. Meat Export Federation and promotions of Nebraska beef and pork around the world "are a testament of our partnership with the livestock industry."

Efforts by corn producers to grow the livestock industry and expand markets for beef and pork around the world are sometimes overlooked or under appreciated. But it seems corn growers are dedicated to delivering the most value-added opportunities based on "commodity" corn. Feeding corn to livestock is one way, but so is producing ethanol and then feeding the ethanol co-product distillers grain to livestock.

In fact, ethanol production adds another layer of value to that original corn, multiplying the economic benefits across rural communities, the state and the country as a whole.

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