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New law allows for votes to increase corn checkof

By Staff | Jul 20, 2014

DES MOINES (AP) – One of the new laws enacted this month allows an increase in the Iowa Corn Checkoff.

It’s money assessed from each bushel of corn sold to promote the grain.

Checkoff funds have been used to promote ethanol, such as sponsoring an Indy Car race.

The checkoff can only be increased after farmers approve it in a referendum.

The first authorization on the checkoff in 1977 set a maximum of 1 cent per bushel sold. In 2012 corn producers approved increasing amount, which meant state legislators had to update the law for the checkoff to go higher.

Corn promotion officials said they have no plans to increase the checkoff, which generates as much as $20 million a year.

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