Trade – The Importance of Ag Exports.

Corn is a Global Commodity

  • While most of the corn produced in Kentucky stays in the state to be processed for feed, bourbon, food, or ethanol, exports are still a critical factor in the economic success of Kentucky’s corn farmers.
  • About 1 in 3 bushels of U.S. corn is exported in some form. A bushel of corn that leaves the U.S. for a foreign marketplace adds value to the corn we grow and process here in Kentucky.

Exporting Kentucky Corn through U.S. Meat

  • Each year, it is estimated that over 550 million bushels of corn are indirectly exported through pork and beef exports.
  • In 2022, beef and pork exports accounted for 7.72 million bushels of Kentucky corn usage and the market value of beef and pork exports to Kentucky DDGS was $18.66 million.
  • U.S. beef and pork exports contributed $157.56 per Kentucky Corn acre at $1.01/bushel at a yield of 156 bushels/acre in 2022.

Rivers are Kentucky’s Competitive Advantage

  • Kentucky has the unique benefit of having great river access. In addition to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in-state, Kentucky has four navigable rivers: Tennessee, Kentucky, Cumberland, and Green.
  • With 1,590 miles, the Bluegrass State ranks fourth in the nation in navigable waterways.
  • River access is a critical factor for exports.

Kentucky Corn’s Partners in Building Global Markets

U.S. Grains Council
(USGC)

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, grain sorghum, and related products, including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). The council believes exports are vital to global economic development and U.S. agriculture’s profitability.

U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)

Every metric ton of U.S. red meat exports utilizes about 1.5 acres of corn. USMEF works to increase the value and profit opportunities for the U.S. beef, pork, and lamb industries by enhancing demand in export markets.

USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC)

Through its network of international offices and consultants in key global markets, USAPEEC’s mission is to promote exports of U.S. poultry and eggs worldwide.

About KYCA

Who is KY Corn

Our vision is to sustainably feed and fuel a growing world.

KyCGA

Our organization empowers corn farmers to elevate their voice in the governmental process.

KY Corn Promotion Council

The Kentucky Corn Promotion Council collects and administers a .0025 checkoff, which is remitted on corn sold throughout Kentucky.

Annual Report

Review the latest Annual Report and explore highlights from 2023.

Checkoff at work

Overview

The Kentucky corn checkoff makes important market development, promotion, education, and research efforts possible.

Markets

We serve a variety of markets including, Ethanol, Bourbon & Distilled Spritis, Trade, and Livestock Feed to name a few.

Research

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Education

Kentucky Corn supports multiple programs about agriculture literacy and improving agriculture educations.

Sustainability

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Policy

Action Alerts

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Grassroots

For us, grassroots means that corn farmer members are the organization. Our organization is governed by a board of directors who are elected by farmer members.

Resources

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FAQs

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Programs

Read more about all programs offered

Corn farmer checkoff funds go to a variety of annual programming to ensure a strong and vibrant Kentucky agriculture industry and to strengthen the efforts of other organizations toward their missions to enhance the future of our industry.

Core Farmer Scholarship

The CORE Farmer Program is a two-year curriculum designed to deliver classroom-style instructional learning, expand participants’ peer network and gain perspectives from other business endeavors.

News & Resources

Blog, Press, Updates

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Corn Facts

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Agriculture Education

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Classroom Resources

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