(Posted Wed. Jul 6th, 2011)
Information on America’s family farmers and the positive contribution they make to the nation’s economy is now just a click away as the 2011 edition of the Corn Farmers Coalition’s Corn Fact Book is now available online.
The educational publication, funded by corn checkoff programs in 14 states, is being widely distributed in Washington in support of a major educational campaign that includes print, radio, online and large scale outdoor messages. It is now available to the general public.
“The Corn Fact Book highlights the real story behind American farming by showing both the numbers, explaining farming practices and introducing readers to some of the farm families who actually grow our nation’s most abundant crop,” said National Corn Growers Association President Bart Schott. “This publication is a celebration of the amazing advances farmers have made. It explains how farmers in the United States have become the most productive in the world, and the economic benefits farmers and the general public receive as a result of our efforts. It is a modern-day success story that demonstrates what we can all achieve together through hard-work and dedication.”
Centered on key facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, this publication chronicles how farmers have used generations of knowledge and married it with modern technology, innovation and hard work to provide plenty or corn for our expanding list of uses.
As public interest increasingly focuses on sustainability, the Corn Fact Book details the incredible advancements that allow U.S. farm growers to produce more using fewer inputs year after year. Using new techniques and technologies, corn farmers have managed to decrease soil erosion by 44 percent in two decades, using 37 percent less energy per bushel, while producing 20 percent more corn per acre than anywhere else in the world. “I’m really proud of the fact that our farm today is better than it was four decades ago when I started farming,” said Ken McCauley, NCGA past president and a Kansas grower featured in the Corn Fact Book, “And it will be even better as the next generation takes what we’ve learned and improves it.”
The facts show that the efforts by family farmers to improve their environmental footprint are paying off. Thirty-two percent less water is needed to produce a bushel of corn and emissions produced in growing and harvesting a bushel of corn has dropped 30 percent.