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Fifteen Facts about Agriculture

Nov 15, 2012

On my Social Media Feeds, I have been sharing a fact about agriculture every day in November. Today, November 15, marks the half way mark.  I invite you to learn more about U.S. agriculture and the farmers/ranchers that produce your food, fuel, and fiber.

Did You Know? [click on the link in each fact to learn more]

  1. 98% farms are family owned
  2. 22 million American workers produce, process, sell and trade the nation’s food and fiber. But only 4.6 million of those people live on the farms– slightly less than 2% of the total U.S. Population. 
  3. The same land that provides food and open space for raising cattle also offers a home for many types of wildlife, including threatened and endangered species of fish, mammals, birds and plants.
  4. 90% of the Pumpkins grown in the United States are raised in 90-mile radius of Peoria, IL
  5. During the Civil War, Soybeans were used in place of coffee because real coffee was scarce.
  6. The United States Department of Agriculture was actually started by President Abraham Lincoln.
  7. Starbucks uses over 2% of the nation’s annual milk supply
  8. America’s corn farmers are by far the most productive in the world, growing 20% more Corn per acre than any other nation.
  9. Black Angus Cattle have gray-rough tongues.
  10. Wool is comparatively fire resistant. This natural fiber is hard to ignite and will self-extinguish
  11. Soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers.
  12. Today’s four-wheel drive tractors have the power of 40- 300 horses. This makes for a large capital investment, as farmers pay anywhere from $97,000 for an average 160 horsepower tractor to $170,000 for a four-wheel drive model.
  13. A bale of cotton weighs about 500 pounds
  14. California produced the most vegetables in United States, which accounted for 48% of the nation’s value of fresh vegetables.
  15. About 2.2 million pounds of Certified Angus Beef®  are sold daily, generating an estimated $4 billion in consumer sales annually.

Thank You America's Farmers and Ranchers! 





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