U.S. corn growers are proud to work hard and be able to meet the demand for corn for food, feed, fuel and fiber. We’re also proud of the important role corn ethanol plays in reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, in helping to protect the environment and in boosting our nation’s economy.
Misinformation about corn based ethanol is abundant in the mainstream media outlets. We are challenged daily to more effectively communicate the facts and provide the necessary tools for producers and industry advocates. Our efforts go beyond the “Food and Fuel” debate and address other key myths such as energy balance, air quality impacts, corn production and land use concerns.
Colorado Corn has served a key role along with the Governor’s Biofuels Coalition in the development of approximately 100 E-85 fueling locations across Colorado over the past few years. We have provided financial assistance along with information, promotional materials, training, signage, and publicity for participating stations and will continue in the effort with an emphasis on overcoming challenges in rural locations.
The livestock industry continues to be the primary consumer of corn in the United States and in Colorado. When Livestock producers suffer economically, it impacts prices received by corn farmers. In 2010, for the second consecutive year, we assisted the US Meat Export Federation with funding to support retail beef promotion in Taiwan and Japan.
Colorado Corn, M&M Coop, the All American Beef Battalion, and students from Idalia High School worked together to set up and serve troops retuning from duty in Iraq and their families in Ft. Carson. More than 1,500 soldiers and their families enjoyed the “Steak for Troops” event. Contributions from Colorado Corn and the Colorado Livestock Association along with individual donations from our own board members totaled over $13,000 toward the cost of the event.