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July 24, 2000

NE Corn Growers Finance Corn Research

In an attempt to boost producer prices, the Nebraska Corn Board decided to finance a record amount of corn research for FY 00. The board is comprised of nine directors who approved more than $400,000 in check off funding for research to find new uses for corn.

The board's executive director Don Hutchens said that this is the most money ever directed toward research on new uses for corn. He also said that it illustrates the board's commitment to creating demand for corn.

The usual amount of funding for corn research is around $250,000 or less, said board spokesman Ken Wurdeman. For FY 99 the amount was $204,651.

Nebraska is one of the U.S.'s leading states in corn production. In 1999, Nebraska was third in grain production with more than 1.1 billion bushels. The price of corn has since decreased to $1.60 per bushel.

Research will also go toward exploring possible carbon sequestration methods using Nebraska corn and controlling the amount of phosphorus in corn used for livestock feed. The majority of this research will take place at the University of Nebraska. The research is being facilitated by the National Corn Growers Association with the goal of exploring the feasibility of separating the germ from the corn kernel before processing the ethanol.

If the separation method is successful, the technology could be used in Nebraska's five dry grind ethanol plants, making Nebraska one of the largest ethanol producing states in the western U.S.


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