You have seen it, you might even have eaten it and when people think of Iowa, they think of it- Iowa Corn. But, what you think you know about this little yellow yummy, might not be all its buttered up to be!
Did you know that 99% of the corn grown in Iowa is field corn, not the sweet corn we all love? Field corn or what farmers call #2 yellow corn, is dried in the field, harvested, then processed into more than 4,000 everyday products. You couldn’t go a day without using something made from corn- unless you skip brushing your teeth, driving your car, or living in your house. Toothpaste, rubber tires, and drywall are just a skiff of the many things that corn can be turned into- like magic.
Because farmers farm- the Iowa Corn Growers Association was created to lobby legislators in Des Moines and in Washington D.C. on their behalf. Then shortly after that, the Iowa Corn Promotion Board was created to help do marketing, education, and research, so farmers could worry about planting and harvesting Iowa’s most valuable crop (did you know that 25% of Iowa’s economy is powered by corn?) You might have heard of Iowa Corn through the Iowa Corn Indy 250 or the Iowa Corn CyHawk Series. Those are just 2 events that help reach consumers like you with corn related messages. Behind the scenes, both organizations are led by farmers who are elected to represent their home area.
Anyway, you might have heard about corn products like ethanol (labeled at the pump with the sticker) and maybe even high fructose corn syrup too. There is a lot of misunderstandings about both of these, so fire your questions my way and I will answer them (or find someone way smarter than me to answer them!)
Iowa Corn is giving one of our members $50 in ethanol gift certificates and four tickets to an ISU Men’s basketball games!
How To Enter: For every Iowa Mom you refer to the Iowa Mom’s Facebook Page, you get one entry into this giveaway. All you have to do is have them come to this giveaway post and tell us who referred them. (Something like: Emily Roemmich referred me to the group!) You can also gain entries by leaving any comments or questions having to do with Iowa Corn. (Leave a comment for each).
Giveaway ends December 15th. If you have any questions, please leave them on our Facebook page!