Revised October, 2018.
By all standards, popcorn (Zea mays everta) should be called the original American snack. From being grown by early Native Americans to dominating world production, U.S. popcorn has become one of the country’s most favored snack food.
Early varieties of popcorn can be traced back thousands of years. North American explorers observed Native American tribes eating popcorn and using it in necklaces and headdresses. European settlers served popcorn as a breakfast cereal, with milk or cream. However, popcorn did not become commercially popular until the Great Depression, when it was established as an affordable treat. Popcorn
- Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), Foreign Ag Service (FAS), USDA, 2010.
- Popcorn, National Agricultural Library (NAL), USDA, 2002 - Describes the lengthy history of popcorn.
- Popcorn Board - Web site for the board, a national commodity promotion and research program funded by U.S. popcorn processors. Also in Spanish.
- Popcorn Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Order, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA.
- Eating Popcorn Less a Consuming Interest in U.S., Purdue University, 2003 - Explains that retail sales of popcorn have declined in the United States but increased worldwide.
- Farmer helps Jolly Time meet popcorn demand, Sioux City Journal.com.
- Popcorn Enterprise Budget, Beginning Farmer Center and the Leopold Center, Iowa State University Extension, 2010.
- Popcorn, Field Crops: 2012, 2007 and 2002 Census of Agriculture - State Data, National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), USDA, 2009.
- Popcorn, Specialty Corns for Value-Added Grain Production, Ohio State University Extension.
- Popcorn Production and Marketing, Purdue University Extension, In National Corn Handbook by K. E. Ziegler, Iowa State University; P. B. Ashman, Purdue University; G.M. White, University of Kentucky; D. S. Wysong, University of Nebraska - This publication presents an overview of popcorn production practices for both commercial and home use purposes.
- Popcorn Production Budget, Ohio State University, 2008. Excel file
- Specialty Food Corns: Popcorn and Blue Corn, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, 2009.
- What’s Popcorn Really Worth?, Ohio State University, 2007.