Value of Grains to Other Farmers

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Find out more about the value grains to the agriculture community. Click the links of the facts below to learn more.

Corn is a main ingredient in livestock feed and provides animals with needed energy

Poultry, cattle and catfish represent a large portion of farming in Alabama and millions of dollars to our state’s economy. All these animals rely on the nutritious and healthy feed from grain farmers.

When corn is broken down and used in ethanol, the remaining distiller’s grains can be used as animal feed.1 bushel of corn produces 2.8 gallons of ethanol and 17 pounds of distiller’s grains

Wheat and Feed Grains in Alabama and U.S.

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Here is some useful information and links about wheat and feed grains:

Alabama
For 2012, Alabama farmers planted 290,000 acres of corn, which is more than the acreage of peanuts planted (220,000)

The amount of land used to plant corn (453 sq miles) is equal to three times the size of the city limits of Birmingham (151 sq miles) 

Also in 2012, Alabama farmers planted 220,000 acres of winter wheat and 50,000 acres of oats

United States
In 2012, U.S. farmers planted the largest corn crop since 1937.
96.4 million acres of corn planted

Roughly an area the same size as the entire state of Montana

Wheat acreage planted increased 3% from 2011 with 56 million acres.

Corn accounts for 95% of all feed grains produced in the U.S.

Grains of Truth

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Alabama Wheat and Feed Grain Farmers grow food, fuel and freedom. Their harvest helps feed Alabama’s multi-million-dollar livestock, catfish and poultry industries while reducing America’s dependence on foreign countries for energy and food. By combining their strength with farmers of other commodities, feed grain growers are fueling the economic growth of Alabama communities.