Corn is all around you.

Corn farming in Kentucky provides food and fuel while protecting natural resources.

Food

From cornflakes to steak and eggs, corn plays a role in making most meals possible.

Fuel

Grown in fields across Kentucky, corn ethanol is today’s renewable fuel.

Natural Resources

Corn is grown by family farmers who care for the environment.

Food

From cornflakes to steak and eggs, corn plays a role in making most meals possible.

Fuel

Grown in fields across Kentucky, corn ethanol is today’s renewable fuel.

Natural Resources

Corn is grown by family farmers who care for the environment.

Why does corn matter? Corn is important to Kentucky.

Kentucky corn farmers are currently producing between 200 and 250 million bushels of corn annually, achieving record average yields the past several years. Corn is among the top crops grown in the Bluegrass, recently providing more than $1 billion in cash receipts.

Corn in Kentucky.

Livestock Feed

Between 40 and 50% of Kentucky’s corn crop is fed in-state to livestock. Poultry in Kentucky consume about 45 million bushels alone. Beef and dairy cattle and hogs are also important corn consumers.

Ethanol

Over 17 million bushels of Kentucky corn goes into fuel ethanol every year. Leftover from the process, is a product called distiller’s grains which is used to feed livestock, primarily poultry.

Bourbon & Spirits

Another 15-20 million bushels of corn is utilized by Kentucky’s bourbon and spirits industry.

Food Processing

Kentucky is also home to a thriving food processing industry, where corn is ground for grits, corn bread mixes, tortillas, and taco shells.

Corn Means Food

Corn feeds people (and LOTS of animals). Kentucky farmers produce sweet corn, popcorn, and white corn. These types of corn are ground for foods like grits, cornbread, tortillas and taco shells. But the vast majority of the corn grown in Kentucky is field corn.

Most of our field corn goes to feed animals. Poultry farms are the number one purchaser of corn in Kentucky. But we don’t discriminate! If you enjoy steak, bacon, chicken nuggets, milk, eggs, or bourbon, there’s a good chance corn makes your meal possible.

Ethanol is Engine Smart & Earth Kind

Corn ethanol is a renewable motor fuel that’s cleaner for the air and the environment than petroleum.  It reduces prices at the pump and allows us to be less reliant on oil from both foreign governments and drilling at home.

Corn Farmers Care

Corn farmers care about the environment. Conservation practices, like grass waterways and no-till are commonplace on Kentucky farms. Corn farmers also use technology like GPS to protect groundwater, which enables them to apply nutrients and other crop health products in a precise way so that the plants only get what they need in specific areas of the field. These efforts preserve natural resources for future generations of farmers as wells as their neighbors in the city.

How is corn used?

From food to fuel to more than 4,000 products you use every day, here are just a few of the ways corn is used.

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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