In 1978, the Corn Resources Act was passed by the Nebraska Legislature, establishing the corn checkoff in Nebraska. The effort was led by Nebraska corn producers themselves—most notably members of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association.
The Nebraska corn checkoff rate, originally set at 1/10 of a cent per bushel, has been 1/4 of a cent per bushel since 1988 and was the lowest among all major corn-producing states. (Nebraska is the third-largest corn producing state in the country.) On April 10, 2012, LB1057 was signed into law changing the checkoff rate to 1/2 of a cent per bushel. This went into effect on October 1, 2012 and Nebraska is now tied with four other states for having the lowest checkoff rate.
The Nebraska Corn Board’s record of success includes strong support for the livestock industry, the number one customer for Nebraska corn and corn co-products; leadership in the development of the ethanol industry and the promotion of ethanol usage; identifying and growing export markets for Nebraska corn, both foreign and domestic; and research into new uses for corn, including the successful development of corn-based plastics and corn ethanol co-products like distillers grains.