Monday, November 29, 2010


We may be pork people and this is a pork inspired blog but let us not forget that ever important golden growth sprouting toward the sky year after year commonly called corn. Here are some interesting facts about corn from the National Corn Growers Association, printed in Corn and Soybean Digest.

  • Between 1987 and 2007, corn farmers have:
    • Reduced land use by 37%
    • Reduced energy use by 37%
    • Reduced irrigation by 27%
    • Reduced soil loss by a whopping 69%  
  • Corn growers produce more corn on less land:
    • In 2007, 86.5 million acres were farmed for corn producing 13.1 billion bushels
    • In 2015, it is projected 86.2 million acres will be farmed for corn producing 15.2 billion bushels
    • In 2020, it is projected only 83 million acres will be farmed for corn producing 17.0 billion bushels
  •  Corn lowers CO2 Emissions:
    • The U.S. EPA recognizes that corn ethanol provides a 21% to 52% GHG reduction compared to gasoline.
  • Corn farming keeps it in the family:
    • 95% of corn farms are family farms (including ours)
    • Family farms manage 84% of all farm acreage
    • Family farms represent 78% of all farm sales
    • Non-Family farms only make up 5% of U.S. corn farms

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