One bushel (56 lbs.) of corn provides:

31.5 lbs. of starch


33 lbs. of sweetneer


2.8 gal. of ethanol


22.4 lbs. of PLA fiber/polymer


17.5 lbs. of distillers dried grains with soluble

and 1.5 lbs. of corn oil

Corn is a member of the plant family of grasses. Each kernel of corn has a highly nutritious outer layer, called the pericarp. This is fused with the seed coat, typical of grasses. A corn kernel is made up of four major components: starch, fiber, protein and oil. Corn can be processed in different ways to tap into these components and use them in all kinds of products.

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association is dedicated to supporting the development of new corn use markets and promoting those uses. There are currently more than 4,200 uses for corn and that number is growing. Scientists are constantly attempting to discover ways to use biomass materials, such as corn, for everyday earth-friendly products.

General Corn Uses: Corn Uses Poster | Corn Uses One-pager

New Corn Uses:

Polylactic Acid (PLA) - Biodegradable corn plastic is one of the newest earth-friendly forms of corn. Scientists are able to utilize the lactic acid produced from the corn fermentation process and develop a polymer that can be molded into plastic forms or fibers. More info...

Looking to purchase PLA items such as food service containers, cutlery, bags, clothing, and more? Search a list of retailers >>

Cornstarch-based Molded Foam Products have properties similar to polystyrene (Styrofoam™) and other petroleum-based foam products, but are completely biodegradable and are derived from renewable resources. Examples are packing peanuts, foam package inserts for protection, and craft materials.

Check out KTM Industries or ask your shipping supplier for plant starch based materials.

New Corn Uses In the News:
PepsiCo Develops World's First 100 Percent Plant-Based, Renewably Sourced PET Bottle

Corn Products

Growing opportunities for Kentucky's corn farmers in a changing industry.