What happens to all that corn grown by Iowa farmers? Much of it becomes livestock feed and ethanol fuel, or is exported as value-added products.
But that’s not all. Corn is in almost everything!
The kernel is made up of four major components – starch, fiber, protein and oil – that can be processed in different ways to be used in all kinds of products.
In fact, a typical grocery store contains 4,000 items that list corn ingredients on the label.
Many other products depend on corn as well, from paper goods and cardboard packaging, to all the meat, milk, eggs, poultry and other protein products that come from corn-fed animals.