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Corn is the most widely produced feed grain in the United States, with most of the crop providing the main energy ingredient in livestock feed. Corn is also processed into a wide range of food and industrial products including fuel ethanol. ERS offers analysis and data that include:

  • Around 80 million acres of land are planted to corn, with the majority of the crop grown in the Heartland region.
  • Most of the crop is used as the main energy ingredient in livestock feed.
  • Corn is also processed into a multitude of food and industrial products including starch, sweeteners, corn oil, beverage and industrial alcohol, and fuel ethanol.
  • The United States is a major player in the world corn trade market, with approximately 20 percent of the corn crop exported to other countries.

ERS analyzes events in the domestic and global corn markets that influence supply, demand, trade, and prices.

Last updated: Thursday, May 16, 2013

For more information contact: Thomas Capehart and Edward Allen

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