The CORN BELT is a region of the
Midwestern United States
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There is lack of consensus regarding the constituents of the Corn
Belt although it often includes:
The region is characterized by level land, deep fertile soils and a high organic soil concentration.
On account of new agricultural technology developments between 1860
and 1970, the
Most corn grown today is fed to livestock, especially hogs and poultry. In recent decades soybeans have grown in importance. The U.S. produces 40% of the world crop.
By 1950, 99% of corn has been grown from hybrids.
In 1997, the USEPA published its report on United States\' ecoregions
, in part based on "land use." Its "Level III" region classification
contains three contiguous "Corn Belt" regions, Western (47), Central
(54), and Eastern (55), stretching from
Corn fields near Royal,
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* Breadbasket * Canadian Prairies , Canada's 'Breadbasket' * Central Black Earth Region , segment of the Eurasian chernozem belt that lies within Central Russia * Palliser\'s Triangle , Canada's semi-arid grain production region * Peak wheat
* ^ John Mark Hansen, Gaining access: Congress and the farm lobby, 1919-1981 (1991) p, 138 * ^ Thomas F. McIlwraith and Edward K. Muller, North America: the historical geography of a changing continent (2001) p, 186 * ^ A B Hart (1986) * ^ U.S. Department of Agriculture * ^ Corn Belt, Encyclopædia Britannica Online * ^ USDA State Fact sheets * ^ Edward L. Schapsmeier and Frederick H. Schapsmeier, Prophet in Politics: Henry A. Wallace and the War Years, 1940-1965 (1970) p, 234 * ^ Smith, C. Wayne., Javier Betrán, and E. C. A. Runge. Corn: Origin, History, Technology, and Production. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2004. page 4. Print * ^ "Ecological Regions of North America: Toward a Common Perspective" (PDF). Commission for Environmental Cooperation . 1997. Retrieved 2008-04-10. * ^ "Ecoregion Maps and GIS Resources". United States Environmental Protection Agency . Retrieved 2008-04-10.
* Anderson, J. L. Industrializing the Corn Belt: Agriculture,
Technology, and Environment, 1945-1972 (2009) 238 pp. ISBN
* Bogue, Allan. From Prairie to Corn Belt: Farming on the Illinois