By Diane Karr, Farmer, Blue Hill, Nebraska
I am a stay-at-home-mom and work on my family’s farm in South Central Nebraska with my husband, Mike. We have four busy boys and have devoted our life to farming and raising food for not only our fellow Nebraskans, but the growing world.
As a mother and wife, entrusted with feeding and nourishing my family, I can understand your ever-growing curiosity in knowing where your food comes from. And . But as a Nebraska corn farmer and proud mom of agriculture, I can assure you that the food you buy in a grocery store was produced by farm families just like mine that share the same passion and understanding for agriculture and take pride in providing you and your family with safe and wholesome food.
As my husband, Mike, likes to say, "Never underestimate the power of the American Farmer." Being a corn farmer is more than a job—it’s a life-style. Our workday doesn’t end at 5:00 pm and we don’t get the weekends off. It takes long, hard hours to get the crops planted, grown, harvested and delivered to the local grain elevator. The field corn that we deliver has been shelled, or stripped from the cob during harvesting. The grain elevator sells a portion of this corn to various food companies around the U.S. where it is refined and separated into its components— starch, oil, protein, and fiber—and utilized as ingredients in many of the foods you love, while the other portion may be used in livestock or ethanol production.
Although you might not always see it, the corn grown on my family’s farm is safely ending up in many of your favorite foods. As you walk through the grocery store, a large majority of the food you see is made with ingredients that come from the corn that was grown on family farms like mine. From sweet corn, whether its frozen, canned or on the cob, to field corn that may end up in chips, cereal, pudding, bread and peanut butter, to instant tea, coffee, oatmeal, and a variety of ready-to-eat foods, family-raised Nebraska corn can be found in practically everything.
My family and I are proud of what we do and are confident to feed our four fast-growing boys the food that is made with the corn we grow. Whether our corn ends up on your dinner plate or is used to feed livestock or fuel a car, we try to be the best at what we do, so that you can be certain that you are doing the best at feeding your family safe and wholesome food.