The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) launched this week an interactive online map showing the value of U.S. grain exports to farmers and the economies of each U.S. state. With nearly half of our corn leaving the state of Illinois and much of that bound for international markets, you know better than most how important international trade is to your farm. Speaking of that, have you let your Congressman know that they should support the TPP trade agreement?
The new tool is available at www.grains.org/tradevaluemap.
A recent study commissioned by USGC and the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) showed that exports of U.S. corn and corn products generated $74.7 billion in annual economic output in 2014, with sales of all U.S. feed grain products contributing $82 billion.
The study offered details of these results by state and selected Congressional districts, showing results for corn, ethanol and its byproduct distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS), corn gluten feed and the corn equivalent of meats, in addition to sorghum and barley.
Now these results are available in an online map format, where users can click on their own state or district, explore the results for each crop and share the information on social media.
Results are also displayed in the map by export value and value of total production.