It’s become an annual tradition, and here it is again. IL Corn is asking Santa for only a couple of things this year, but they are biggies!
4. INCREASED MEAT EXPORTS
It’s something that we don’t talk about a lot here, but IL Corn wants to export more meat and less corn.
If we export more red meat and poultry, it means that we have fed the corn here in the U.S. and created more economic gain and more jobs in our country instead of allowing the jobs and the money to be created in another country.
The truth is, corn that we export is 99.9 percent of the time fed to livestock in another country. What if instead of feeding international livestock, we were feeding American livestock? What if all the animals were raised here, providing jobs and money to our citizens? What if we were able to raise the animals according to American humane guidelines where we feel more comfortable that the animals have had a good life instead of however they raise them in other countries?
This makes sense to IL corn farmers. We want to export more corn in the form of meat and we pursue that every day by partnering with the U.S. Meat Export Federation and the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.
Santa, what do you think? Surely you have contacts in international countries! You think we could increase our meat exports in 2015?
ICGA/ICMB Marketing Director
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