Nebraska’s Golden Triangle
No state is better situated with corn, livestock and ethanol than Nebraska, which the Nebraska Corn Board refers to as “Nebraska’s Golden Triangle.”
Nebraska is the third-largest producer of corn in the country, second in ethanol production and distillers grains (the feed ingredient produced by ethanol plants), second in cow-calf production and first in cattle on feed. It’s also an important location for the production of renewable corn-based polymers.
This means corn farmers have solid markets for corn – ethanol and livestock – while the two-dozen ethanol plants across state then provide renewable fuel and a feed ingredient for the livestock industry, giving cattle feeders in Nebraska more feed options and an advantage over feeders in other states. The cattle sector then provides high-quality, corn-fed beef to people across town, throughout the country and around the world.
In essence, Nebraska’s Golden Triangle is a perfect way to add value to corn – via a renewable biofuel, distillers grains and meat production – all within Nebraska’s borders, providing an incredible economic engine for the state.
The significant economic impact of these sectors was analyzed by the University of Nebraska Department of Agricultural Economics.
When we transform Nebraska corn into ethanol, it doesn’t disappear in the food supply. Ethanol is made from the starch of the kernel-the rest of the corn becomes livestock feed, corn oil, sweetener, and other food ingredients, like carbon dioxide.