A grassroots movement by the Iowa Corn Promotion Board is aimed at increasing the promotion of Iowa corn and corn co-products such as DDG, according to an article by Iowa Farmer Today (http://bit.ly/…).
In order to increases the number of farmers involved, the Board now has district advisory groups and more members involved in state committees.
One of the ways the Board spends its 1-cent-per-bushel checkoff money is to promoting corn exports as a way of creating demand. The promotion involves corn exports in all formers, including raw corn, ethanol, and distillers grains.
In order to further promote exports of corn and corn co-product, the Board is a member of both the U.S. Grains Council and the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The Board also works with corn groups such as the National Corn Growers Association to help leverage their investment, as well as with other farm groups.
According to Board Chairman Chris Edgington, other checkoff money is used on research for finding more uses for corn, improving the corn plant for production and funding genomic and phenotyping research.
Exports of DDG set a new record in 2015, according to statistics released recently by the Renewable Fuels Association. The record of 12.56 million metric tons shipped to 45 countries on five continents is 11% higher than 2014 exports and more than double the total exports in 2009.
Cheryl Anderson can be reached at Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org
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