Corn and corn byproducts are the most common feedstuffs in livestock finishing
In order for corn to be even more useful in feeding livestock, it must be processed in ways such as grinding, steam flaking or cracking.
Corn can be used to produce biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel which can be used in cars, trucks and tractors.
The entire corn plant is ground to a fine consistency and water is added to create a mash. The mash is heated to further break down the starch molecules. The mix is then fermented, where the ethanol is produced. The mix is distilled to extract the ethanol which is then denatured with gasoline. The fuel is further blended to the required level whether it be e10 or e85. The remaining corn matter is dried and fed back to livestock.
Corn is used in some plastic production
Corn is wet milled in order to separate the germ from the rest of the kernel. It is then mixed with other ingredients and heated. Then it is extruded into strips of plastic.
Corn syrup is a common sweetener
Corn is wet milled and screened to remove solids. The liquid is then mixed with enzymes and filtered again. And a mix that is 42% fructose is produced. It is then sent through another process where it becomes 90% fructose. The 2 concentrations are then blended to make it 55% fructose. This is used to sweeten sodas.