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New publication highlights corn farmers’ support for beef initiatives

In addition to supporting innovative research to improve corn farming, protect water quality and increase the use of homegrown ethanol, Minnesota’s corn farmers also support research and programs that benefit the production of beef livestock.

Minnesota corn farmers have invested $3 million since 2008 in research and programs to improve the production of beef livestock.

The beef investments are highlighted in a new publication titled Minnesota Corn Growers Association Beef Initiatives and can be viewed by clicking on the Research tab at

Corn farmers have supported 15 research projects related to beef livestock since 2008. Examples include studies to enhance the feeding value of corn residue to improve beef cattle production, finishing cattle on low soluble distillers grain and updating the National Research Council’s nutrient requirements for beef.

Minnesota’s corn check-off, a voluntary, self-imposed fee on each bushel of corn at the time of first point sale, also supported 25 events and initiatives that benefit cattle farmers.

Examples include The Minnesota Beef Expo, The Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction and Minnesota Dairy Convention.

A single bushel of corn is capable of providing 2.8 gallons of homegrown ethanol for vehicles and 18 pounds of Dried Distillers Grains (DDG), a high-protein cattle feed. In most developed countries, more corn is used for animal feed than for human food.

“Cattle farmers are one of our largest customers,” said Ryan Buck, Minnesota Corn Growers Association president and a corn farmer near Goodhue. “It’s a partnership corn farmers are proud of and one we plan on expanding in the future. When corn farmers and cattle farms work together, all of agriculture, as well as consumers who buy our products, benefit.”