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Corn Exports to Hit 50 Billion Bushels This Year

February 11, 1993

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Sometime this year, U.S. farmers will wave goodbye to their 50-billionth bushel of corn exports, enough to fill a line of rail cars that would circle the Earth seven times - 175,000 miles.

The U.S. Feed Grains Council came up with those figures, citing Agriculture Department records that have tracked corn exports going back to the Civil War.

The United States, according to the records, hit the billion-bushel mark of corn exports in 1888; 5 billion in 1953; 10 billion in 1967; 25 billion in 1978.

″Sometimes we forget the sheer enormity of our grain export business, how successful we have been and what impact it has had not only on our agricultural and rural economies, but also on the economy of the United States as a whole,″ said Kenneth Hobbie, president of the council.

″This is a clear example of a great American success story,″ Hobbie declared.

″Fifty billion bushels is an almost incomprehensible amount of corn,″ said Charles Ottem, a farmer from Osnabrock, N.D., who is the 1993 chairman of the feed grains council.

″It is an event that we need to take pride in not only as farmers, but also the entire agribusiness sector from seed to export. Think of the worldwide impact and the industries that have been spawned and supported around the world based on U.S. corn as an exported raw material,″ he added.

The council announced this month that it is planning, jointly with seed producers Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a series of activities to commemorate the fifty-billion-bushel mark.

Among them will be a celebration sometime this spring in New Orleans, probably early in May. Representatives from all sectors of the corn production and export business will be invited to participate in a ceremonial placing of the 50-billionth bushel of corn on an export vessel.

The council is a private, non-profit organization that develops and expands export markets for U.S. feed grains and products.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - There were 100.9 million head of cattle and calves in the United States the first of this year, 1 percent above the 99.6 million head on Jan. 1, 1992.

The 43.8 million cows and heifers that had calved were up fractionally from a year previously.

Other figures in a report this month by the National Agricultural Statistics Service: 34 million beef cows, up 1 percent from Jan. 1 1992; milk cows, 9.84 million, 1 percent below Jan. 1, 1992.

There were 12.7 million cattle and calves on feed for slaughter, up 6 percent from a year ago.

The report said the 1992 calf crop was 39.3 million, up 1 percent from the 1991 crop.

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