Breeding Corn for Sustainable Agriculture

Published Feb 3, 2007

Sustainable farmers are often more concerned about corn’s nutritional quality for their livestock or their consumers than in, say, the crop’s characteristics as a feedstock for ethanol fermentation or how many transgenic traits are stacked into its DNA. In fact, some producers are more than a little concerned about trends in the seed industry that include consolidation, the loss of public sector breeding programs, and rising technology fees.