fun ag fact of the day: To prevent leftover cheese from hardening, butter the exposed edges before storing.
fun ag fact of the day: Selection for economically important traits like wool type, has resulted in more than 200 distinct breeds of sheep. Some breeds only have hair, some wool and some both.
fun ag fact of the day: In the US, all beef cattle spend most of their lifetimes grazing grass on pastures. Cattle designated for meat production are switched to high-energy, grain-based diets for about 100 days before slaughter.
fun ag fact of the day: About 16.8% of the food that we eat is imported, according to USDA, up from 11.3% two decades ago.
fun ag fact of the day: 90% of American cow herds have fewer than 100 cows. The average cow herd size in the US is 44.
fun ag fact of the day: A typical banana goes on a 4000-mile adventure before it is eaten.
fun ag fact of the day: The most profitable side of the food business is in processing and marketing, not the farmer’s share. In fact, for every dollar that consumers spend on food, farmers receive just 20 cents.
fun ag fact of the day: Chickens have more bones in their necks than giraffes. They have no teeth and swallow their food whole. Part of their stomach is used to grind their food up.
Fun ag fact of the day: the average American consumes nearly one half cup of soybeans, in some form, each day.
fun ag fact of the day: US dairy industry reduced its carbon footprint by 41% between 1944 and 2007 (from Dr. Capper, aka Dr. Awesome).
Fun ag fact of the day: one 3 oz serving of lean beef has only one more gram of saturated fat than skinless chicken breast. Go Team Beef!
fun ag fact of the day: Chickens come in a multitude of colors and patterns. But there are seven types of combs on them: rose, strawberry, single, cushion, buttercup, pea and V-shaped.
fun ag fact of the day: A pig can run a 7 minute mile (and I’ll be going to the gym today).
fun ag fact of the day: Riesling grape is a native of Germany where it has been cultivated anywhere from 500 to 2000 years.
fun ag fact of the day: Americans are eating 21 pounds less beef per capita than 1975.
fun ag fact of the day: there are 29 different lean cuts of beef!
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: a pig’s squeal can range from 110-115 decibels; a Concorde jet is usually under 112 decibels.
fun ag fact of the day: there is no U.S. government-approved organic seafood.
fun ag fact of the day: Compared to other major agricultural producers around the globe, the U.S. ranks near the bottom of the subsidization and tariff scale.