Why Ohio Corn?

Corn—what’s the big deal? Here are some quick facts to show your students the importance of Ohio corn in energy and the economy. Check out our resources for more quality information from other online sites.

Ohio Corn quick facts

Food and agriculture is Ohio’s top industry

1 in 7 Ohioans has an agriculture-related job and agriculture contributes $105 billion to Ohio’s economy annually.

Edge-of-field testing is vital for environmental stewardship

More than $1 million is being invested by Ohio’s agricultural organizations to conduct on-farm, edge-of-field testing in order to determine exactly how nutrients are making it into Ohio’s waterways.

Farmers are taking action to keep nutrients in the fields

Farmers are creating customized nutrient management plans utilizing the best farming practices to keep nutrients out of waterways and in their fields.

Ethanol is energy positive

Ethanol produces three times more energy than it takes to produce it while consuming less water than other fuels.

The sale of Ohio corn supports 71,328 jobs

Ohio corn generates $962,098,753 in labor income for employees while contributing $4,864,798,496 overall to Ohio’s Gross Domestic Product.

There are seven operational ethanol plants and 120 E-85 stations in Ohio

40% of Ohio’s corn goes towards ethanol production without reducing available stocks for food and animal feed. 33% of the corn used to produce ethanol returns to the market as animal feed (DDGs). 523 million gallons of ethanol was produced in Ohio in 2016.

Ohio is the seventh leading producer of corn in the United States

There are more than 30,000 grain farmers throughout the state with over 14.3 million acres devoted to farmland (half of Ohio’s acreage).

Ethanol helps to produce cleaner air

Ethanol use is estimated to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 110 metric tons—equal to removing 20 million vehicles off the road—in 2016.

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