fun ag fact of the day: Much of North America’s pomegranate supply comes from California. Pomegranates are a seasonal favorite this time of year, and are sometimes given the nickname “the Jewel of Autumn.”
fun ag fact of the day: The CA almond industry shipped 213.1 million pounds in November 2011, a 19.2 % increase over November 2010.
fun ag fact of the day: Arkansas is the leading rice producing state, followed by California, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Missouri and Florida. Most of the rice grown in Arkansas is classified as long grain rice.
fun ag fact of the day: virtually every piece of sushi made in America features California rice.
fun ag fact of the day: Each year Americans consume 25 billion hamburgers.
fun ag fact of the day: More than 84% of farm bill-related spending goes to food and nutrition programs like food stamps, not to farmers.
fun ag fact of the day: Like snowflakes, no two cows have the exact same pattern of spots.
Fun ag fact of the day: Country ham is often served in restaurants as an entree as a whole slice, often with the femur cross-section left in. It is also commonly served boned, sliced and then cut into pieces to be used in sandwiches in buttermilk biscuits, sometimes with butter or red-eye gravy, made by adding water or coffee to country ham pan drippings and cooking down for a short time.
fun ag fact of the day: Swine (pigs) are sold at market when they weigh between 230-280 pounds, providing about 150 lbs of pork for the meat case.
fun ag fact of the day: the average cow has more than 40,000 jaw movements per day.
fun ag fact of the day: a mature bull elk (aged 7 or 8) produces 30-40 pounds of velvet in one year.
fun ag fact of the day: North American yaks come in 5 types: black, trims (black with white), royal (black and white with white blaze face), golden and woolly.
fun ag fact of the day: the best heifers are kept to replace cows in the herd as breeding stock. This improves our herd genetics, enabling us to produce better cattle with less.
fun ag fact of the day: There are 20 gallons of paint on each John Deere combine.
fun ag fact of the day: there are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown throughout the world.
fun ag fact of the day: It takes 540 peanuts to make one 12oz jar of Jif peanut butter
Fun ag fact of the day: legend has it that the Ethiopian Shepherds first noticed the effects of caffeine when they saw their goats becoming frisky and “dancing” after eating the berries.
fun ag fact of the day: “Cool as a cucumber” isn’t just a catchy phrase. The inner temperature of a cucumber can be up to 20 degrees cooler than the outside air.
fun ag fact of the day: there are 440 Cranberries in a pound, 4,400 cranberries in a gallon of juice and 440,000cranberries in a 100 lb barrel.
fun ag fact of the day: pine cones are actually the flowers of pine trees.
fun ag fact of the day: the caruncle is the brightly colored growths on the throat region of a turkey. Turns bright red when the turkey is upset or during courtship.
fun ag fact of the day: eggs for consumption are not fertilized and will not hatch into chicks. Egg farmers don’t even have roosters.
fun ag fact of the day: There are approximately two dozen varieties of California Cling Peach varieties which are used primarily for two major products: canned peaches and fruit cocktail; other products include frozen peaches, baby food and fruit concentrate.