The “Consider Corn Challenge” is a starting point to help industry realize corn’s full potential and expand farmer’s contribution to the domestic economy and our trade balance.
St. Louis, Missouri (PRWEB)
September 12, 2017
If you are a scientist, entrepreneur, or inventor, the clock is ticking to enter the Consider Corn Challenge. The National Corn Growers Association wants your ideas by 5:00 PM US EDT, Thursday, September 28, 2017 on how to create a new generation of sustainable chemicals from field corn.
NCGA, along with innovation facilitator NineSigma, launched a global open innovation competition in June, 2017 to identify new and innovative uses for field corn as a renewable feedstock for making chemicals. So, if you have a good idea, why not be rewarded for sharing your inspiration.
“Corn is already used in thousands of products because of its availability, versatility and low cost. But we are growing larger crops each year,” said Larry Hoffmann, a farmer from Wheatland, North Dakota and chairman of NCGA’s Corn Productivity and Quality Action Team. “Corn is a great national resource and NCGA believes there is significant untapped potential for corn in the emerging bio economy.”
United States corn production has increased from 105.5 million metric tons in 1970 to 345.5 million metric tons in 2015. NCGA is inviting innovators around the world from industry, academia and other research institutions to consider new ways to utilize corn and maximize its contributions to the economy.
Up to six winning proposals will be selected and winners will each receive U.S. $25,000. Winners will be announced in February 2018. NCGA may also explore funding or other support of an entry for further development and/or commercialization, even if the entry is not a prize winner.
“We have had remarkable increases in corn productivity and continued improvements in sustainable corn production and management. So, it makes sense to seek out new uses that create significant market demand,” Hoffmann said. The “Consider Corn Challenge” is a starting point to help industry realize corn’s full potential and expand farmer’s contribution to the domestic economy and our trade balance.”
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