The Consider Corn Challenge IV is about finding game-changing new uses for field corn, leading to products with significant market demand, without detracting from an existing corn market.
U.S. corn represents a sustainably produced, economically competitive, and extremely versatile feedstocks for bioproducts. U.S. corn farmers continue to adopt new innovative production practices, resulting in improved year-over-year efficiency and the ability to produce more with less. These advances now support production that greatly exceeds annual U.S. corn demand.
Additionally, new technologies are being deployed that will product clean product (sugar, lipid, protein) streams that can more efficiently be used as feedstocks for biobased processes. At the same time, consumers worldwide continue to demand additional biobased products. This confluence of available corn-based feedstock and consumer demand represents an extremely exciting opportunity for stakeholders in the sustainable bio-materials industry.