Fun ag fact of the day: About 2/3 of cattle farms and ranches have been in the same family for 2 generations or more. Thanks to smart practices, raising livestock in the U.S. today accounts for less than 3 % of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions. Today they produce 15% more beef using 20% less feed, 14% less water, and 30% less land as compared to 1977.
fun ag fact of the day: Japan is the largest customer for U.S. beef and pork exports in terms of dollar value. Japan accounted for 30 percent of U.S. pork exports and 15 percent of U.S. beef exports last year.
fun ag fact of the day #2: beef cattle production represents the largest single segment of American agriculture? The U.S. beef industry is made up of more than 1 million businesses, farms and ranches!
fun ag fact of the day: Women farmers own more than 50 million acres of farmland in the United States.
fun ag fact of the day: Worldwide, more people eat and drink milk from goats than any other animal.
fun ag fact of the day: Women represent 30.2 percent of all farmers and ranchers in the United States. *according to the National Ag Stat Services
fun ag fact of the day: A 60-pound bushel of soybeans yields about 48 lbs of meals and 11 lbs of oil.
fun ag fact of the day: There are over 500 different types of bananas. Bananas are about 99.5% fat free and a source of potassium.
fun ag fact of the day: Last month 883 million pounds of cheese were produced in the U.S., 5 percent increase from January.
fun ag fact of the day: Grain sorghum is grown in over 66 countries and the U.S. is the largest producer in the world. In the U.S., 46% of the sorghum grown is used as livestock feed.
fun ag fact of the day: There are 1,008,943 women farmers in the U.S!
fun ag fact of the day: Alabama ranks 6th nationally in sweet potato production.
fun ag fact of the day: Michigan ranked 3rd in U.S. apple production in 2010.
fun ag fact of the day: California became the first US state to ban weeding of commercial crops by hand in 2004.
fun ag fact of the day: cows can produce up to 125 lbs of saliva a day!
fun ag fact of the day: As of Jan. 31, there were more than 2 billion pounds of frozen vegetables in cold storage in the U.S.
fun ag fact of the day: The Roman goddess, Ceres, who was deemed protector of the grain, gave grains their common name today – “cereal.”
fun ag fact of the day: Glycerine from processed raw animal fats or vegetable oils is added to ink as a stabilizer and to control viscosity.
fun ag fact of the day: 80% of the world’s almonds are grown by California farmers.
fun ag fact of the day: Pennsylvania leads the U.S. in mushroom production, growing more than 425 million pounds annually.
fun ag fact of the day: Arizona apple growers produce 94.5 million pounds of apples each year.
fun ag fact of the day: In 2010, nearly 2 million gallons of maple syrup were produced in the U.S.
fun ag fact of the day: Ohio is the No.1 producer of Swiss cheese and home to the world’s largest yogurt plant .
fun ag fact of the day: Beef is Arizona’s leading agricultural product. Arizona produces enough beef annually to feed over 4.6 million Americans.
Fun ag fact of the day: U.S. strawberry production topped $2.2 billion last year.
fun ag fact of the day: 40% of land in Maryland is for Agriculture use
fun ag fact of the day: generally, the hotter the region where the olives were picked, the bolder the flavor of olive oil.
Fun ag fact of the day: cows can smell odors up to 5 miles away.
fun ag fact of the day: one bushel of wheat yields approximately 42 pounds of white flour OR 60 pounds of whole-wheat flour.
fun ag fact of the day: Cattle out number humans in 9 states: Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Wyoming.
fun ag fact of the day: California has been the number one food and agricultural producer in the United States for more than 50 consecutive years.
fun ag fact of the day: boiling water can be used instead of herbicide to control some types of weeds in small areas.
fun ag fact of the day: a cup of Jerusalem Artichokes will give you 28% of your recommended daily intake of iron. They are also high in thiamin, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C, magnesium, niacin, vitamin B6 & riboflavin. Their carbs are stored as inulin. The body breaks it down slowly so your blood sugar doesn’t rapidly increase as it does with white potatoes (good if you have insulin resistant diabetes).
fun ag fact of the day: One ton of California olives produces 30-42 gallons of extra virgin olive oil.
fun ag fact of the day: The U.S. is the largest producer of cheese in the world.
fun ag fact of the day: Hard winter wheats have a higher gluten protein content than other wheats. They are used to make flour for yeast breads, or are blended with soft spring wheats to make the all-purpose flour used in a wide variety of baked products. Soft wheat is used for specialty or cake flour.
fun ag fact of the day: Todays combines can harvest 900 bushels of corn per hour. In the 1930’s a farmer could harvest (by hand) about 100 bushels of corn in a 9 hour day.