Did you know corn is used in thousands of products found in a typical supermarket? According to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) almost 4,000 grocery store products have corn listed on the ingredients label. And that doesn't even count all the meat, dairy, and poultry products that depend on corn for livestock feed!
Iowans truly are #StrongerTogether when we support one another. Like you support local business, restaurants and more you can support local Iowa farmers every day. One way to do this buying corn-fed meat, dairy and egg products when you visit the grocery store!
One Bushel of Corn Can Make...
8 lbs of beef
15.6 lbs of pork
21.6 lbs of chicken
Nearly 30% of Iowa corn is used to feed livestock. To break it down further, Iowa livestock consumes 720 million bushels of corn. Think of a bushel of corn as roughly the size of a laundry basket—that’s a lot of laundry baskets! Iowa is not just #1 in corn production but also #1 in pork, egg, and overall red meat production providing high quality protein products for the world’s plate!
What many people don’t realize about corn ethanol production is that you can’t make a lot of cleaner-burning fuel without also making a lot of highly nutritious livestock feed called distillers grains that serves as a great source of protein for livestock. That’s because ethanol production only utilizes the starch in the kernel, leaving the remaining protein, fiber and oils available for the feed sector. And, actually, lots of Iowa cattle and hogs chow down on this nutritious snack daily! Distillers grains are rich in the protein, fat, minerals, and vitamins animals need. Iowa’s corn farmers are proud to not just support the production of renewable fuel for our vehicles, but also premium food for livestock!
One of the most popular food products made from corn is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a sweetener found in numerous foods and beverages throughout the United States. In terms of composition, high fructose corn syrup is nearly identical to table sugar (sucrose), which is composed of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. Glucose is one of the simplest forms of sugar that serves as a building block for most carbohydrates. Fructose is a simple sugar commonly found in fruits and honey. Learn more.