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Corn still fuels Iowa’s economy

Hawkeye State continues to lead nation with its production

By Staff | Jan 19, 2021

The Hawkeye State continues to lead nation its production

Corn production has been a key factor in the Iowa economy for more than 150 years.

The state’s 21st-century economy is character- ized by increasing diversity. Agriculture isn’t as dominant as once was the case. Even so, there can be little doubt that corn remains of critical importance. The renewable fuels industries have increased demand for corn as a critical ingredient in manufacturing ethanol. Ethanol production has not only increased demand for corn, but also strengthens corn’s already enormous importance to Iowa’s prosperity.

In 2019, Iowa farmers produced around 2.58 billion bushels of corn for grain and harvested 13.1 million acres according to the U.S Department of Agricultural Service.

Corn is in more than 4,000 grocery store items including shampoo, toothpaste, chewing gum, marshmallows, crayons and paper.

Corn has been king in Iowa for generations. It seems likely to remain so well into the 21st centu- ry. Corn producers have been a vital part of the Iowa economy throughout the state’s history and are certain to remain so far into the future.

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