A checkoff success story.

Ohio Corn Checkoff, and other state corn checkoffs, invested in corn ethanol research that was a catalyst for a 500 million bushel corn market. Corn ethanol created a market for corn as our yields grew and corn prices fell. Clean-burning ethanol continues to provide an important market for Ohio corn, which in turn supports our economy and our communities. 

Corn ethanol is one of the most effective programs a checkoff has created. Ohio Corn Checkoff continues to invest in market development as we grow enough corn to feed livestock and fuel the world.

More ethanol means more distiller grains, a co-product of the ethanol production process. Distiller grains are a popular feed ingredient for livestock and poultry, as they are rich in protein, fat, minerals and vitamins. 

We have seven ethanol plants in Ohio. They use 201 million bushels of corn to produce 523 million gallons of ethanol each year.

Increasing the availability and demand for corn ethanol is one of our top priorities. With your checkoff investment, we will continue to broaden this market.

Enough corn to go around.

Did you know that over 95 percent of all fuel sold in the U.S. today is blended with 10 percent ethanol? Couple that with the fact that there are more ethanol-blended fuel choices than ever — ranging from 10 percent ethanol blend to 85 percent ethanol blend — ethanol is one of the fastest-growing uses for corn.

Through strategic partnerships and increased funding, we are working to make ethanol available for all Ohioans. This market expansion is happening through some unique and creative ways and partnerships. Through a grant program, we are offering fuel retailers a way to cost-effectively purchase and install fuel-dispensing equipment that is compatible with ethanol-blended fuels.

We are working with many partners to strengthen the infrastructure necessary to broaden the availability of ethanol:

- Ohio Department of Agriculture BioFuel Infrastructure Partnership
- Guardian Energy
- American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
- American Lung Association of the Midland States