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Today, the United States is the largest producer and consumer of corn. The bulk of grain corn is turned into ethanol, for use as fuel, or fed to the millions of animals raised each year for food and important by-products. Cattle, poultry, swine, fish, and other livestock eat the majority of grain corn grown each season to help produce one of the safest and most wholesome food supplies in the world. Generally, less than 10 percent of the corn used in the United States is directly ingested by humans.

Almost all parts of the corn plant can be used for processing, giving corn unique economic significance. Animal feed makes up the largest segment of use for U.S. corn- 5.7 billion bushels of corn are used annually as feed, and another 1.1 billion bushels are fed as Dried Distillers Grains (DDGs).

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Key Issues

Renewable fuels, exemplified by corn ethanol, stand as an immediate solution to combat climate change. Reaching the ambitious target of 36 billion gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) by 2050 presents a formidable challenge.
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Corn is grown on nearly 100 million acres in the United States. Approximately 48% of corn production is used for animal feed, 30% is used for biofuels, and 22% is for exports and other uses. Corn production is typically responsible for more than $80B of annual value in the United States.
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Corn Production

It can be difficult to find what you need when it comes to all the aspects of corn production. We’ve done the hard work for you and gathered a list of resources for several areas of interest.
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