The Ohio Corn Marketing Program was approved by an affirmative vote of Ohio’s corn producers. The voluntary, self-help program allows for the collection of a half cent-per-bushel assessment by all first purchasers of the grain. The program started April 1, 1989.

Funds from the program can be invested only for research, market development, education and promotion purposes. The program’s goal is to create new and expanded markets for corn and to increase the new farm income of Ohio’s corn producers. The development of the U.S. ethanol industry is quite possibly the biggest single accomplishment of any checkoff program in the nation.