Popcorn: Ingrained in America's Agricultural History


Everyone seems to love popcorn. It has become a mainstay at movie theaters, sporting events, amusement parks, and nearly everywhere else people gather. Although Americans are now such avid consumers of popcorn, and its agricultural history is long, its commercial history is comparatively short. Popcorn was not mentioned in early farm papers and seed trade catalogs until around 1880, but once the American public discovered it, popcorn's popularity quickly grew.

Nearly all of the world's popcorn production is in the United States, with 25 states growing the crop. Over one fourth of the national production is in Nebraska, and Indiana produces only slightly less. Other major popcorn-producing states are Illinois, Ohio, and Missouri.

Related Links

ARS USDA Popcorn Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act Page
Agricultural Marketing Service, United States Department of Agriculture page explaining the history and major provisions of the Popcorn Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act [7 U.S. C. 7481-7491], which was signed into law on April 4, 1996.
Popcorn Board
The Popcorn Board works to expand the popcorn market through special promotions, research, and consumer education focusing on the qualities and economic importance of popcorn.
The Maize Page
Hosted by the Iowa State University Agronomy Department, the Maize Page provides maize resources for students, producers, and specialists.
National Corn Growers Association
Information relating to corn and popcorn is available here.