(Posted Wed. Sep 14th, 2011)
Sept. 14: As the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry held a hearing today examining the availability of feed and its effect on the livestock industry, the National Corn Growers Association submitted a statement for the record that reminded critics we don’t need to choose between using corn for feed or fuel.
“Corn fuels nations around the world, as a food ingredient, a feedstock, a fuel, a fiber, an ingredient in building materials and beyond,” NCGA’s statement said. “It is possibly the most versatile crop in the world, and demand is at an all-time high.”
Many areas of the country saw a more difficult than average growing year for corn with record heat, floods and drought plaguing the Corn Belt. But even still, the U.S. Department of Agriculture still estimates the United States is on track to produce the third largest corn crop in history with a 12.5 billion bushel harvest. This is up substantially from even 10 years ago when production totaled only 9.5 billion bushels. In addition, the use of distillers grains, a high-protein livestock feed, has displaced almost 1.2 billion bushels of corn for livestock rations this year alone.
“Historically, corn farmers have understood that they have the ability to supply growing ethanol and livestock producers simultaneously without negatively impacting either as a valued customer,” the statement said. “With advances in both seed and farming technologies, U.S. corn producers have increased average yield substantially in the past few decades.”
To read NCGA’s full statement, click here