Study reveals corn refiners a powerful economic engine

Corn Refiners Association
America’s corn refiners contribute billions of dollars and countless jobs to the nation’s economy.

WASHINGTON, DC – A recently released nationwide economic study details how America’s corn refiners contribute to the nation’s economy, finding the industry has massive, outsized impacts across the country.

Corn refiners buy dent corn from America’s farmers and separate the kernels into their component parts. For years, those ingredients have been used to make food taste better, cosmetics last longer, pharmaceuticals easier to swallow and plastics environmentally-friendly. Today, corn products are used in 3-D printing inks and studied by nanotechnology scientists as a method for delivering cancer treatments.

Because corn refiners produce essential ingredients across so many industries, they have a powerful multiplier effect on the nation’s economy.

The study found corn refining’s contributions to the U.S. economy include:

  • Jobs—8,308 direct and 237,673 total.
  • Wages—$1 billion direct and $14.45 total.
  • Output—$22 billion direct and $71.1 billion total.
  • Business Taxes—$5.13 billion

“Today’s study illustrates the essential role corn refiners play in the nation’s economy. We not only add exceptional value to one of this country’s most important commodities, but as a result, our industry serves as a powerful multiplier to America’s economic strength,” said chairman of the Corn Refiners Association (CRA), Christopher M. Cuddy of Archer Daniels Midland Company.

“Policymakers recognize that corn is central to American agriculture, but they often overlook the step between farm field and store shelf. That step is refining. This study reveals that our industry stands at a powerful juncture in corn’s economic value chain, helping turn the bounty of America’s heartland into an engine of economic growth,” said president and CEO of CRA John Bode.

Corn Refiners Association

The economic study was completed by John Dunham and Associates and is available here. The study calculates the direct impact of the corn refining industry on jobs, wages, economic output and taxes at the national level. It also examines the economic impact on a state-by-state basis, as the association’s member companies operate 27 plants in eleven states.

In addition, it measures the economic impact of the suppliers that support the corn refining industry, as well as those industries supported by the induced spending of direct and supplier industries, these combined economic contributions are labeled “total”.