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'Crop Art' shows support for non-GMO corn

'Crop Art' shows support for non-GMO corn

Posted By: Nicole Cousins

ncousins@klkntv.com

Jim McGowen’s family-owned farm in Beaver Crossing has been around for about 130 years.

He’s owned his share, which is one of 59 non-GMO farms that grows corn for the popular snack company called Our Little Rebellion, since 2004.

"We've been really fortunate to have the family mindset that we want to keep the farm or farms in the family for as long as possible," Jim said.

"We're really excited to see the whole circle here come here into effect,” he said. “We've been able to grow non–GMO corn here for a number of years, having a market and a market premium for it has been what's been able to continue to do that."

This month is non–GMO month.

Jim's farm unveiled this 8.5 acre agricultural billboard urging people to "join the corn revolution" and support for non-GMO corn growers.

UNL Extension tells us the main difference is corn with GMO's is genetically different than unaltered corn.

Non-GMO corn also has more restrictions on what products you can and can't use on the crop.

The US Department of Agriculture says only 8 percent of the country's corn acreage grows non–GMO corn.

Here in Nebraska, a majority of our corn goes to feed livestock.

9 percent of corn in Nebraska was meant for food in 2015, according to the Nebraska Corn Board.

"To see the actual chain from this product to that field is really neat, really special,” Jim said. se

The snacks made by the McGowen farm are called Popcorners Chips.

You can buy them at most Hy–Vee stores here in Lincoln.

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