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In Washington, D.C., issues currently being monitored are the Renewable Fuels Standard, implementation of the Farm Bill and the Waters of the United States ruling.  In 2012, the MCGA hosted a roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Michigan Corn office. In the past year, members have also met with legislators during the NCGA Corn Congress in Washington D.C., provided committee testimony on the Farm Bill and other issues, participated in Ag Day at the Capitol and hosted legislative farm tours.

Uses for Corn

How is Michigan’s corn crop used?

In 2014, there was a surplus of about seven percent of Michigan’s corn crop. Most of the crop was exported out-of-state. The majority of corn that is exported out of Michigan goes to the Southeast United States and is fed to livestock. Twenty-seven percent of the crop was used to make ethanol and during the process distillers grains are made. Distillers grains are a high-protein livestock feed that displace the need for about 18 million bushels of corn. In addition to the DDGs fed to livestock, 20 percent of the corn crop was fed to animals in Michigan. More information is available on the Corn Uses page.
Source: PRX June 2014

How much ethanol do you get from a bushel of corn?

Many ethanol plants now produce 2.8 gallons of ethanol, about 17 pounds of animal feed and about 0.6 pounds of corn oil from each bushel of corn.

Where can I find products made from corn-based PLA?

The list of products and sources keeps changing as new PLA products are introduced. One source to check is our Corn- Based Products Guide. The guide provides an overview of how PLA is made from corn, frequently asked questions about PLA and a brief listing of some of the products made from corn and PLA.