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Corn Belt,

major agricultural region of the U.S. Midwest where corn acreage once exceeded that of any other crop. It is now commonly called the Feed Grains and Livestock Belt. Located in the north central plains, it is centered in Iowa and Illinois and extends into S Minnesota, SE South Dakota, E Nebraska, NE Kansas, N Missouri, Indiana, and W Ohio. Large-scale commercial and mechanized farming prevails in this region of deep, fertile, well-drained soils and long, hot, humid summers. The belt produces much of the U.S. corn crop, but agriculture has diversified; soybeans are an important yield. Winter wheat and alfalfa are also significant crops in the area.
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The author traces the history of the farm safety movement in the Corn Belt from 1940 to 1975.
Corn and soybean crop development across large swaths of the eastern Corn Belt was also hampered, resulting in a shortfall of marketable bushels and a persistently tight basis.
The USA Corn Belt was examined to assess the impacts of observed climate change on corn production for the period 1960-2012.
Corn Belt in early July, over a period from 2007 to 2011, the region boasted "more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth."
We utilize individual responses to the Agricultural Census to examine the distribution of the major types of farm program payments among four regions of the country--the Corn Belt, the Lake States, the Northern Plains, and the Pacific Northwest (PNW) east of the Cascade Mountains (we exclude the western side of the Cascades due to the diverse mix of specialty crops that have little connection to the farm bill provisions and because it has large metropolitan areas).
In all, 1.31 million acres, or 2,046-square miles, have been converted from grasslands to corn or soybeans between 2006-2011 in the western corn belt. Most of the loss is in the Dakotas.
It mainly affected the area known as the Corn Belt. This region in the central United States is where most of the nation's corn is grown.
The worst droughts in more than half a century in the United States corn belt and food basket regions of the Black Sea pushed up the global prices of wheat and maize this year, at a time that the world economy was slowing and Europe has been engulfed in a debt crisis.
It currently holds 23.25m units of Rentech Nitrogen, a publicly-traded partnership that manufactures and sells nitrogen fertiliser products including ammonia, urea ammonia nitrate and liquid and granular urea in the Mid Corn Belt region of the US.Country: USASector: ChemicalsTarget: Agrifos LLCBuyer: Rentech Inc, Rentech Nitrogen Partners LPVendor: Agrifos Holdings IncDeal size in USD: 158mType: Corporate acquisitionFinancing: Existing resources, DebtStatus: Closed
Tipton would eventually become key to transforming this agricultural area into a veritable breadbasketed, and became known as the "Buckle of the Corn Belt".
Food prices have soared because of the worst drought in the US corn belt for more than 50 years.
As spring turned into summer, the thermometer began to rise across the Corn Belt. In St.