As we round out Porktober, Iowa Corn is proud to celebrate its support of the pork industry. Pigs are the top livestock consumer of corn grown here in Iowa and generate economic and nutritious benefits for all Iowans. Through continued partnerships with organizations like the Iowa Pork Producers Association and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), Iowa Corn can continue to expand markets and educate consumers on corn-fed products.
“Iowa is number one in both pork and corn production in the country, which makes these two commodities an economic driving force throughout the state,” said Mike Ver Steeg, a corn and pork producer from Inwood, Iowa and the Iowa Corn Animal Agriculture and the Environment Committee Vice Chair. “Iowa Corn invests with our partners to ensure pork is a part of the plate here in Iowa, the U.S., as well as the global table. As farmers, we put an emphasis on the work we do together to add value to the commodities we grow and produce.”
By investing in programs such as USMEF, Iowa Corn works to expand markets for red meat exports. In 2022, USMEF shows beef and pork exports accounted for 503.4 million bushels of U.S. corn usage, which equated to a market value of $3.4 billion and provided an economic impact of $1.01 of bushel value to corn (at an average corn price of $6.75 per bushel).
“Iowa Corn’s mission is to increase long-term profitability for Iowa’s corn farmers and the market development programs in collaboration with our livestock partners does just that.” To learn more about the red meat exports’ value to corn visit usmef.org.
Rachel Zumbach, Public Relations Manager, email@example.com, 515-225-9242