Ohio corn growers join new coalition

WASHINGTON — Corn producers from 10 states, including Ohio, have formed a new group to work with policymakers in Washington.

The new Corn Farmers Coalition includes members of the Ohio Corn Growers Association, and the industry’s trade group — the National Corn Growers Association.

“Washington needs to know that corn farmers are using some of the most advanced technologies on the planet to do more with less — to grow more corn using fewer resources every year,” said Mark Lambert, director of the coalition.

The organization grew out of food vs. fuel debates last year, when corn prices spiked and food manufacturers and oil companies claimed there wasn’t enough corn to feed everyone and make ethanol.

The coalition has said it will meet with reporters, think tanks and members of Congress to talk about how U.S. farmers, using the latest technologies, will continue to grow enough corn in an environmentally friendly way to meet U.S. needs.

The coalition also hopes to make the farm bill more responsive to the market; and play a role the future of renewable fuels.

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