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Fun Ag Facts IX

fun ag fact of the day: Carrot production in the U.S. is highly mechanized and centralized. Only two Californian companies account for the majority of production in the U.S. In addition to California, Washington and Colorado are also important production areas.

fun ag fact of the day: California is the fourth-largest wine producer in the world, after France, Italy, and Spain.

fun ag fact of the day: Red wines are red because fermentation extracts color from the grape skins. White wines are not fermented with the skins present.

fun ag fact of the day: Approximately 208 million avocados will be consumed on Super Bowl Sunday!

fun ag fact of the day: The corncob (ear) is actually part of the corn plant’s flower.

fun fact of the day: Bananas float in water, as do apples and watermelons.

fun ag fact of the day: In the USA, a person consumes about twenty pounds of rice a year, with about four pounds attributed to the use of rice is for brewing American beers.

fun ag fact of the day: There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow on every continent except on Antarctica.

fun ag fact of the day: Barley is highest in fiber of all the whole grains, with common varieties clocking in at about 17% fiber, and some, such as the variety called Prowashonupana barley, having up to 30% fiber!

fun ag fact of the day: Christopher Columbus brought the first orange seeds and seedlings to the New World on his second voyage in 1493.

fun ag fact of the day: The Meyer lemon, actually a cross between a lemon and possibly an orange or a mandarin, was named for Frank N. Meyer who first discovered it in 1908.

fun ag fact of the day: Buddha’s Hand citron contains no pulp or juice, so it’s used for it’s fragrant zest only.

fun ag fact of the day: It won its name after becoming popular in the Belgian capital in the 16th Century, but the Brussels sprout is ­originally thought to have come from Iran and Afghanistan.

fun ag fact of the day: Washington ranks first in the nation in production of processing carrots and fourth in the nation in production of fresh carrots.

fun ag fact of the day: The Hubbard squash probably originated in South America and first arrived in Marblehead, MA in the 1700’s aboard sailing ships from the West Indies.

fun ag fact of the day: The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of blueberries, harvesting a total of 564.4 million pounds of cultivated and wild blueberries in 2012.

fun ag fact of the day: the skin of winter squash is inedible.

fun ag fact of the day:  Pumpkins are orange because they contain massive amounts of lutein, alpha- and beta-carotene. These nutrients turn to vitamin A in the body.

fun ag fact of the day: A barrel of cranberries weighs 100 pounds. Give or take a few, there are about 450 cranberries in a pound and 4,400 cranberries in one gallon of juice.

fun ag fact of the day: There are enough peanuts in one acre to make 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches.

fun ag fact of the day: Canned mandarin segments are peeled to remove the white pith prior to canning; otherwise, they turn bitter. Segments are peeled using a chemical process. First, the segments are scalded in hot water to loosen the skin; then they are bathed in a lye solution, which digests the albedo and membranes. Finally, the segments undergo several rinses in plain water.

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Fun Ag Facts XIII

fun ag fact of the day: Pumpkins are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red.

fun ag fact of the day: Pomegranates will make a metallic sound when tapped when ripe

fun ag fact of the day: tart cherries contain 19 times the of beta carotene of blueberries and strawberries.

Fun ag fact of the day: The United States is the largest importer of pumpkins in the world.

Fun ag fact of the day: Italy is the world’s largest producer of artichokes, kiwi fruit, peeled tomatoes, vermouth, and wine!

fun ag fact of the day: There are over 700 varieties of peaches!

fun ag fact of the day: China is the largest producer of peaches in the world; they consider the peach as a symbol of longevity and good luck.

fun ag fact of the day: Both the Texas State Fair and Minnesota claim to have invented the first corn dog, sometime around 1940.

fun ag fact of the day: It’s nation filet mignon day! Filet Mignon comes from the tenderloin or psoas major muscle, which lays along both sides of the beef animal’s spine. It means “Dainty Filet” in French. This cut is the most tender muscle in the beef animal and it’s delicious!!

fun ag fact of the day: there is only one gene that separates peaches and nectarines – the one with the fuzz.

fun ag fact of the day: California is the nation’s number one Ice Cream producer, churning out over 131 million gallons last year.

fun ag fact of the day: 1 gallon of milk equals approximately 345 udder squirts!

fun ag fact of the day: There are more than 1,200 varieties of watermelon. CA and AZ are top producers.

fun ag fact of the day: cotton is in the same family as hibiscus, okra, and swamp mallow.

fun ag fact of the day: 99% of the commercial U.S. supply and 3/4 of the world trade of walnuts now come from California.

fun ag fact of the day: Cucumbers are believed to have originated in India 3,000 years ago.

fun  ag fact of the day: Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees, and are one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 43:11). Humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years.

fun ag fact of the day: A pig’s squeal can be as loud as 115 decibels, 3 decibels higher than the sound of a supersonic airliner.

fun ag fact of the day: Spain in the second largest producer in the world of almonds, citrus juice (conc), mule meat, strawberries, tangerines & vermouth.

fun ag fact of the day: Spain in the largest producer in the world of carobs, olives & olive oil.

fun ag fact of the day: The United States is the largest producer of soybeans in the world followed by Brazil & Argentina. The United States, Brazil & Argentina produce roughly 80% of the world’s soybeans.

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Fun Ag Facts IV

Every couple of months I go back through my facebook and gather all my fun ag facts that I post there. Here is number 4. Enjoy!

fun ag fact of the day: A lemon at room temperature will yield more juice.

fun ag fact of the day: Vegetables account for more than 70% of the nitrates in a typical human diet. Cauliflower, collard greens, broccoli, spinach and root vegetables (potatoes, beets, turnips, etc) contain higher amounts of nitrates than other plant foods. About 6% of the exposure comes from meat and meat products; which sodium nitrate is used as a preservative and color-enhancing agent. – from the Bureau of Environmental Health Health Assessment Section

fun ag fact of the day: Cheesecake was invented in Ancient Greece and served to athletes at the very first Olympic Games.

fun ag fact of the day: CA is the world’s largest producer of almonds. With its ideal growing conditions, we produce 80% of the global almond supply.

fun ag fact of the day: When lambs are six months old they are considered to be fully-grown.

fun ag fact of the day: Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight. They only have lower teeth that press against the upper palette.

fun ag fact of the day: A one-year old sheep is called a hogget. A two-year old sheep is called a two-tooth.

fun ag fact of the day: Did you know an ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows?

fun ag fact of the day: Blueberries are Georgia’s top moneymaking fruit, over $102 million in 2009.

Fun ag fact of the day (last one for a week, I’m going on vacation!): the U.S. is the third largest producer of raspberries in the world.

fun ag fact of the day: Mature turkeys have more than 3,500 feathers.

fun ag fact of the day: Grazing of land by cattle can minimize the invasion of non-native plant species and lower the risk of wildfires by decreasing the amount of flammable material on the land.

fun ag fact of the day: Approximately 85% of U.S. grazing lands are unsuitable for producing crops. Grazing animals on this land more than doubles the area that can be used to produce food. Cattle serve a valuable role in the ecosystem by converting the forages humans cannot consume into a nutrient-dense food (meat!).

fun ag fact #2 of the day: The estrogen levels in dairy and beef products from animals treated with growth promotants are essentially the same as products from untreated animals. Estrogen occurs naturally in many foods.

4 oz. beef from steer given hormones: 1.6 nanograms of estrogen
4 oz. beef from untreated steer: 1.2 nanograms of estrogen
Average soy latte (one cup of soymilk): 30,000 nanograms of estrogen

fun ag fact of the day: Cheese was first made over 4,000 years ago in Asia!

Fun ag fact of the day: There are many different farming and ranching methods. One is not necessarily better than another. It depends what works for you, your land, your climate, and your end goal. I urge you to ask questions and research before you conclude a farmer or rancher is “bad”.

fun ag fact of the day: the largest pig recorded in history was Big Bill, a 5’ high 9’ long, 2,552 lb Poland China hog in the early 1930’s.

fun ag fact of the day: One beef only produces 2 tri-tips and 2 briskets per animal. That is why I urge my customers to buy a whole half of a beef instead of a quarter of a beef. You miss out on fun stuff!

fun ag fact of the day: an 1100 lb steer will average about 80 lbs of steak. It does come as a surprise to many people that the whole animal isn’t steak.

fun ag fact of the day: There are over 4,600 walnut growers in California. They account for almost all commercial walnut production in the U.S.

fun ag fact of the day: Hot and cold weather helps to make soil by breaking down rocks through expansion and contraction.

fun ag fact of the day: a rooster takes 18-20 breaths a minute, a hen takes 30-35 a minute.

fun ag fact of the day: according to the USDA – 91 percent of farmers in California did NOT collect subsidy payments.

fun ag fact of the day: On average, we each consume 584 lb. of dairy products a year.

fun ag fact of the day: carrots originated in Middle Asia about 5,000 years ago. In Roman times, they were either purple or white! They also contain a lot of vitamin A.

fun ag fact of the day: have you noticed that some farms restrict farm visits from the public? This is because restricting visitors in barns keep germs and sickness away from their animals, farmers will treat sick animals, but prefer prevention.

fun ag fact of the day: In the North America, hormones are not approved for use in any poultry or egg production (Again, remember that all living beings have naturally occurring hormones, nothing is hormone free).

fun ag fact of the day: coloring was originally added to cheddar cheese to distinguish where the cheddar was made. (Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive.) Cheddars made in the New England states traditionally do not contain color additives, retaining the natural white color.

fun ag fact of the day: coloring was originally added to cheddar cheese to distinguish where the cheddar was made. (Yellow cheeses derive their color from an additive.) Cheddars made in the New England states traditionally do not contain color additives, retaining the natural white color.

fun ag fact of the day: aging is the only difference between mild and sharp cheddar. The longer cheese is aged naturally, the sharper and more pronounced the cheddar flavor becomes. Mild cheddar is generally aged for 2 to 3 months, whereas an extra sharp might be aged for as long as a year.

fun ag fact of the day: it takes approximately 1.4 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.

I weep that Farmville players outnumber real farmers in the U.S. by 80 to 1.

fun ag fact of the day: it is said that Strawberries got their name from the way they were grown; on top piles of straw.

fun ag fact of the day: peanuts are not actually nuts. Peanuts, like soybeans, are members of the legume family.

fun ag fact of the day: cows have an acute sense of smell, and can smell something up to 6 miles away.

fun ag fact of the day: the average American eats 22 pounds of tomatoes each year – over half in the form of ketchup and tomato sauce.

fun ag fact of the day: Lean beef is as lean as chicken breast but has nearly two times the level of iron, zinc and B12.

fun ag fact of the day: corn is available in red, white, and blue varieties.

fun ag fact of the day: the term “got your goat” refers to taking a racehorse’s companion goat before a race to upset the horse and affect race outcomes.

fun ag fact of the day: directly from cow, the temperature of milk is 97 degrees Fahrenheit
fun ag fact of the day: Jerseys, a breed of dairy cow, produce milk with the highest butterfat content.

fun ag fact of the day: The endive does not exist in nature. It was contrived by man’s ability to manipulate nature.

fun ag fact of the day: beet colorant is the traditional dye for pink lemonade.

fun ag fact of the day: Most bacon sold in the United States is “streaky” bacon,
long narrow slices cut crosswise from the hog belly that contain veins of pink meat within white fat. Unless otherwise noted, the information in this publication refers to “streaky” bacon.

fun ag fact of the day: there is a dairy in all 50 states.

fun ag fact of the day: 9% of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to make ice cream.

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