Kansas Corn Grower, Ken McCauley is helping to spread information on America’s family farmers and the positive contribution they make to the nation’s economy. McCauley is featured in the Corn Farmers Coalition (CFC) 2011 edition of the Corn Fact Book which is now available to the public online.
The educational publication, funded by corn checkoff programs in 14 states, including Kansas, is being widely distributed in Washington in support of a major educational campaign that includes print, radio, online and large scale outdoor messages. It is now available to the general public.
Centered on key facts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, this publication chronicles how farmers have used generations of knowledge and married it with modern technology, innovation and hard work to provide plenty or corn for our expanding list of uses.
As public interest increasingly focuses on sustainability, the Corn Fact Book details the incredible advancements that allow U.S. farm growers to produce more using fewer inputs year after year. Using new techniques and technologies, corn farmers have managed to decrease soil erosion by 44 percent in two decades, using 37 percent less energy per bushel, while producing 20 percent more corn per acre than anywhere else in the world.
“I’m really proud of the fact that our farm today is better than it was four decades ago when I started farming,” said Ken McCauley, of White Cloud, Kan., who was featured in the Corn Farmer’s Coalition publication. “And it will be even better as the next generation takes what we’ve learned and improves it.” McCauley currently serves on the Kansas Corn Commission and is a past president of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA).
The facts show that the efforts by family farmers to improve their environmental footprint are paying off. Thirty-two percent less water is needed to produce a bushel of corn and emissions produced in growing and harvesting a bushel of corn has dropped 30 percent.
About the Corn Farmer’s Coalition-
The Corn Farmers Coalition was formed in 2008 and is an alliance of the National Corn Growers Association and 14 state corn associations representing tens of thousands of dues-paying farmers. The Coalition was formed to educate policy-makers in Washington about how tech-savvy, innovative farmers are growing more corn every year- for food, animal feed, ethanol and exports- while using fewer resources and protecting the environment. You can learn more about the CFC and view the Corn Fact Book at http://www.cornfarmerscoalition.org.