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Oct 28, 2020

The Importance of Red Meat Exports to Corn Farmers

Key Issues: Animal Agriculture

Author: Dean Meyer

This editorial was submitted to NCGA by Dean Meyer, director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.   In many ways, this year’s harvest has been like any other – myself and my family working long days racing against the clock, against the weather, and against the many obstacles farmers typically face when getting the crops in each fall.   Of course, 2020 is a bit different. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every person and every industry, including agriculture.   The good news for corn farmers is that our biggest customer, America’s livestock industry, continues to succeed in the global market – despite COVID. Exporting red meat products around the world helps increase demand for beef, pork and lamb, which in turn creates demand for corn and other livestock feed.   Corn producers, soybean producers, hog producers and cattle producers – together we make up one heck of a team.   Supporting this team are...

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