NCB research dollars are continually seeking new opportunities for corn farmers. What is the “next ethanol?” The emerging new use for corn that will again change the game for Nebraska farmers? What breakthrough will lead to significant change in the way farmers grow their crops-to use even less water, less fertilizer?
The majority of NCB research dollars are invested in partnership with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NCB also collaborates on research projects with fellow corn states, cooperators and other stakeholders.
As corn yields increase, Nebraska Corn Board research dollars have focused less on helping farmers grow more corn-but rather on helping farmers grow their corn even more efficiently-and create new markets for those increasing yields.
Production efficiency research projects include:
- Project SENSE which is focused on increasing nitrogen efficiency while reducing environmental impact and improving water quality
- Support for Aquamart, a grassroots network of famers using precision technology, irrigation management and best practices to help individual farmers improve their management of water
- Measuring and managing the yield gap between the genetic yield potential of a specific corn hybrid versus actual yield
- Soil health initiatives including the use of cover crops and participation in the Soil Health Partnership
- Support of the UNL On-Farm Research program which engages Nebraska farmers in research projects in their fields
Research funding for new uses of corn includes:
- Creating a Presidential Chair faculty position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focused solely on creating greater demand for corn through the development of new uses in bioproducts
- Studying resistant starches in corn to determine their viability in food products to help reduce weight gain, improve metabolism and improve insulin sensitivity
- Funding the “Consider Corn Challenge”, a national initiative designed to identify and fund entrepreneurs, product developers and manufacturers who have found new ways to use corn
- “Green chemicals” which replace toxic or petroleum-based ingredients with safe, environmentally- friendly ingredients derived from corn
The Nebraska Corn Board distributes an annual request for proposals (RFP) as a process to collect, review and ultimately decide on proposals to fund. Although we request that proposals be submitted for research during this process, the Nebraska Corn Board will review proposals through the year, should they be submitted outside of the annual RFP process and timeline.