28th Annual Farm & Ranch Expo 2019



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ly improve efficiency and stewardship.” Information-sharing is a significant corner- stone of Aquamart. “We’re building peer learning networks for farmers so they can share information and talk with each other about what works and

what doesn’t,” Heaston said. “This isn’t simply about getting new toys for farmers. It’s about figuring out a way to maximize the benefit of our state’s most abun- dant resource —water.” For more informa- tion, visit aquamart. org

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of corn. That’s how much bigger agricul- tural water use is in Nebraska—and that’s why it’s important to give farmers the tools they need to continual-

Corn checkoff funds research on new uses of corn By Nebraska Corn Board Investing in newuses City of Lincoln, focused on the use of biodegrad- able trash bags. With yields on the rise, Photo courtesy of the Nebraska Corn Board Dr. Mark Wilkins, left, has been named the Nebraska Corn Checkoff Presidential Chair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

for corn has been a pri- ority of the corn checkoff since it began in 1978. Newuses spur increased demand as farmers grow more corn. Aprimary focus has been on the us- age of value-added corn products and the use of corn as a renewable re- placement for petroleum. » Research funded by the Nebraska Corn Board helped prove that beef cattle would thrive on distillers grains, a co-product of ethanol production. The ability to market a high-qual- ity feed gave ethanol plants a second reve- nue stream— and gave Nebraska’s cattle pro- ducers a product to feed their animals. » Nebraska checkoff dollars helped fund the CornGenome Project which has provided the scientific founda- tion for high-performing corn hybrids with desir- able traits such as insect resistance, drought re- sistance and use-specific characteristics. » The Nebraska Corn Board tested the use of corn-based plastics in an initiative with the

the emphasis of check- off-funded research has shifted to increasing corn demand and lower- ing input costs. Current research projects are: » Reducing the amount of irrigation water applied without sacrificing yield. » Improving the effi- ciency of inputs in order to reduce environmen- tal impact and reduce costs of production. » Continuing part- nerships with the University of Nebraska will help ensure that es- sential research focused on Nebraska corn prior- ities can be funded. » Discovering new uses for corn that would replace petro- leum-based products in plastics, chemicals, clothing, packaging and other applications. » Establishing an endowed faculty po- sition at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln fo- cused solely on research and development of new uses for corn.


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