Fun ag fact of the day: in the state of Arizona, it is illegal for cowboys to walk through a hotel lobby wearing their spurs.
fun ag fact of the day: only about 1 percent of the corn we grow is eaten as corn (sweet corn).
fun ag fact of the day: Avocados have the highest protein content of any fruit and they contain more potassium than bananas.
fun ag fact of the day: There are about 45 breeds of sheep in the U.S. and more than 900 in the world.
fun ag fact of the day: The black walnut is a Native American species. Currently the black walnut is used mainly as a rootstock for English walnuts. The meats are tasty but thanks to a very thick shell, they are a lot of work to crack and remove from the shell.
fun ag fact of the day: It takes 19% less feed, 12% less water, 33% less land per unit of beef produced today as compared to 1977.
fun ag fact of the day: Starbucks uses over 2% of the nation’s annual milk supply.
fun ag fact of the day: California grows about 70% of all the asparagus grown in the United States. More than 50,000 tons of asparagus are grown in California every year.
fun ag fact pf the day: 100% of US-grown dried figs come from CA.
fun ag fact of the day: Animal ag in the U.S. accounts for more than $16 billion in revenue and employs more than 2.5 million Americans.
fun ag fact of the day: Currently there are fewer than 300 kiwifruit growers in California, each farming an average of just 13 acres. Even so, California produces around 98% of the kiwifruit grown in the U.S!
fun ag fact of the day: California grows both “dry flesh” and “moist flesh” varieties of sweet potato. The “moist flesh” type is sometimes referred to as a yam, and the “dry flesh” as a sweet potato. They are both sweet potatoes.
fun ag fact of the day: About 95 percent of the apricots grown in the U.S. come from California.
Fun ag fact of the day from Miss Jenny Dewey: My post-Food Inc myth of today:The movie brings up concerns about slaughter and food safety. It doesn’t tell you is that in federally inspected slaughterhouses, those in which meat is slaughtered and can be resold, there is a USDA inspector ON-SITE the ENTIRE time the operations are going on. Sometimes more than one inspector. So it’s not like slaughter operations are just going on without any sort of regulation or supervision.
fun ag fact of the day: figs were imported from the West Indies to Spanish missions in Mexico and subsequently spread to California with the Franciscan missionaries who planted them in the mission gardens at San Diego in 1769 and up the Pacific coast to Santa Clara by 1792, Ventura by 1793, and later on to Sonoma, giving the name Mission to those first dark purple California figs.
fun ag fact of the day: Cotton is a member of the Mallow family of plants. The Arabic peoples called it “Qutun,” which is where we get the word “Cotton.”
fun ag fact of the day: The sweet potato a member of the morning glory family. The part we eat is actually an enlarged storage root!
fun ag fact of the day: 50 percent of soil is air and water. The rest is mineral and organic material.
Fun ag fact of the day: There are more than 300,000 tons of grapes grown in California annually which in turn produces 17 million gallons of wine each year.
fun ag fact of the day: The average age of U.S. farmers is 57.
fun ag fact of the day: Grapes for sparkling wine are harvested sooner with lower sugar levels and higher acidity than those picked for still wines.
fun ag fact of the day: Lettuce is actually a member of the sunflower family.
fun ag fact of the day: Georgia is the largest producer of peanuts in the United States with over 1.6 BILLION pounds (45% of the total production in the U.S.)
fun ag fact of the day: 7 out of 10 heads of lettuce grown in the U.S. are from California.
fun ag fact of the day: California produces 1 out of every 5 glasses of milk consumed in the nation.
fun ag fact of the day: There are over 800 varieties of Pecans. Sizes range from: mammoth to extra large, large, medium, small and midget.
fun ag fact of the day: The national cowherd of cattle and calves is around 31.4 million head, that is the lowest Beef Cow Inventory number in at least 38 years.
fun ag fact of the day: California ‘s 22,000 beef producers care for more than 5 million head of cattle and about 37 million acres of rangeland. Many California cattle ranches have been owned by the same family for four or five generations and most ranches are family-owned and operated.
Fun ag fact of the day: (Via Ms. Amy Sipes) A beef recall notice, not tied to illness outbreak or any illness at all, is a glaring light that the downstream system is working. Not a symptom of a greater problem.
fun ag fact of the day: The Bureau of Engraving and Printing depends on farmers to produce paper currency—75% of every bill is made of cotton.