Livestock is one of the top consumers for Iowa corn and distillers grains (DGs), a co-product from ethanol production.
According to the All-Iowa Ag Economic Contribution Analysis (2009), livestock farming is a significant part of agriculture's contribution to the state's economy. Statewide household income attributed to livestock production is just under $1.1. billion and responsible for over 43,000 jobs in the state. And 30% of Iowa's counties derive at least one-half of their total agriculture and agriculture-related jobs from the livestock and meat processing industries.
Because livestock is an important corn customer, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board and the Iowa Corn Growers Association provide financial and in-kind support to many livestock initiatives such as the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) and the Coalition to Support Iowa's Farmers (CSIF), as well as various livestock research projects through Iowa State University.
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