Checkoff Update October 2011

NCB Official Provides Insight on China, India Don Hutchens, executive director of the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB) took part in a recent mission to China and India in which one of the objectives was to understand China’s corn production potential. Through the US Grains Council, the China Corn Harvest Tour has taken place since 1996 to estimate the current corn crop potential. In addition, attendees of the tour attended various meetings in India to gain insight into that country’s supply and demand of various grains.

NCB Offers Corn Harvest Ride-a-Longs to Senators To better understand today’s modern technology and efficiency, the Nebraska Corn Board offered State Senators an opportunity to ride along in a combine with a local producer. During the ride-a-longs, Senators where able to gain insight into this year’s corn crop, how producers are harvesting more with fewer inputs, and discuss the value of the corn industry to the economy of Nebraska.

NCB Ribeye or Buckeye Promotes Corn-Fed Beef Prior to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ohio State football game, the Nebraska Corn Board served up bites of ribeye to promote Nebraska’s corn-fed beef industry. The promotion also provided the opportunity to bring continued awareness of Nebraska’s Sustaining Innovation campaign highlighting Nebraska’s corn farmers and their ability to produce more with less. The promotion was also sponsored by Cargill and Skeeter Barnes.

NCB Attends Meeting on E15 The Nebraska Corn Board, represented by Kim Clark, ag program manager, attended a recent meeting on E15, a blend of 15 percent ethanol. E15 was approved by EPA for vehicles 2001 and newer. The meeting discussed the upcoming roll out of E15 and the various Federal requirements that are being addressed. Regular meetings will be held in the future to assist states in understanding state requirements and making available E15 to consumers.

Kernels of Truth…

  • Nebraska’s 2011 corn production has an estimated farm gate value of over $9 billion.
  • Read harvest updates via the Nebraska Corn Board’s Crop Progress at www.nebraskacorn.org.

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