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Corn Production

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Corn is one of the major crops produced in the United States. Though corn is commonly grown for sale as produce for consumption, there is an ever-increasing number of uses for the crop. These include expected uses like livestock feed, cornstarch, sugar, and whiskey, as well as medical uses such as penicillin, and industrial uses such as ethanol, plastics, and oil used in cosmetics and soap.

80 million acres of farm land are planted with corn, which is a significant increase since agricultural reforms implemented in 1996, and 20% of the US yield is exported each year. In fact, over the last several decades, the number of large farms with 500 acres or more has increased.

Which of the following inferences are best supported by the above information?

A

Corn has decreased in importance, therefore giving smaller farms opportunities to grow other crops.

B

Smaller farms are run by people who are not interested in government support.

C

Corn prices have increased over time, leading to greater incentives for farmers to plant corn.

D

Government farm subsidies have more often benefitted large farms.

E

Improved yields have been made possible by improvements in technology.