NAMA Fall Conference

Corn Farmers Will Reach New Heights

Joanna Schroeder

The Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) is focused on reaching out to Iowans and consumers to tell them about the value of Iowa corn farmers. One avenue in which they do this, is through their sponsorship of the Cy-Hawk series and last Saturday, the University of Iowa beat Iowa State in the football game known as the Super Bowl of Iowa. ICGA was there to tell consumers about all of the products that contain corn.

ICGA CEO Craig Floss said that during the game, they were able to get out advertising messages and talk about the importance of Iowa’s corn fed economy and what corn means to the job outlook and picture in Iowa. They were also able to tell the story of how ethanol fits into the picture and what that means for Iowa corn farmers.

A lot of people don’t understand that there is no competition between food, feed, fuel, and fiber. You can find corn in any of these products, said Floss, and he also explained that anything that can be made from petroleum can also be made from corn.

“We hope and we know that the majority of Iowans, 80 plus percent of Iowans, use ethanol every day, which means everywhere they go, they’re using something produced from a corn grower,” said Floss.

The big game happened to fall on 9-11 this year, a day that most of us will never forget. I asked Floss why this day is so important to Iowa’s corn farmers.

“There is no other liquid form of petroleum product like ethanol that can actually replace foreign produced oil. And the bulk of our oil comes from countries that have governments that are not like ours,” said Floss. He continued that everyone was touched by the event and has a connection to the event and we need to find a way to send less money to those countries. That is why we like corn farmers. They’re good for our economy and good for our security.

Floss concluded that corn farmers will continue to exceed the needs of all those products that need corn and that we haven’t seen anything yet.

You can see pictures from game day in the Iowa Corn Fed Game Day photo album.

You can listen to my interview with Craig Floss here. Iowa Corn Farmers Will Reach New Heights

Audio, Corn, Ethanol, Events