Livestock is the #1 customer of Kansas corn. Corn is a key ingredient in livestock feed and as Kansas is a leading beef cattle feeding state, the crop is of major importance to the success of this industry.
“Back in the 1970s, high production corn farming took hold in western Kansas. That led to a massive expansion in cattle feeding in the state then came meat processors, pork feeders, dairies and ethanol plants. This expansion transformed the western Kansas economy,” according to Kansas Corn Commissioner Steve Rome, Hugoton. “Corn and cattle remain the base for this success and is a formula that has worked to the benefit of not only Kansas farmers and ranchers but the Kansas economy.”
Kansas Corn has been a member of the U.S. Meat Export Federation for more than 30 years and a member of USMEF’s elite Million Dollar Club since 2005. As the first state corn checkoff to fund USMEF, the Kansas Corn Commission has worked closely with the group to boost meat exports. The commission has also funded special projects with USMEF, like the effort to introduce a U.S.-Kansas premium beef burger to select Hilton restaurants in Europe. Today, Creekstone Farms, Arkansas City, is selling beef to Hiltons across Europe. The state corn group also supports U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance through the National Corn Growers Association. Kansas corn checkoff dollars have funded livestock research projects as well, including studies to improve feeding efficiencies, DDGS research and recovery of phosphorus from CAFO wastewater, a Kansas Livestock Association/Kansas Environmental Services project
Learn more about the US Meat Export Federation by clicking here. The Kansas Corn Commission funds the USMEF’s work to increase exports of red meat. Exporting corn-fed beef and pork represents millions of bushels of corn every year.