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Beef, More Bang for the Buck

Agfact #24 

Meat is a great source of high-quality protein that no single vegetarian food can provide. A 3-ounce serving of lean beef offers the most protein with the fewest calories when compared to plant proteins such as peanut butter, black beans and tofu.

  • A 3-ounce serving of lean beef is about 180 calories. You would have to eat 670 calories of peanut butter (more than 7 tablespoons) to get the same amount of protein.
  • A person would need to consume two to three times the calories provided in a 3-ounce serving of beef to get an equivalent amount of protein from a veggie burger.
  • The USDA has approved 29 cuts of lean beef. All lean beef cuts have less than 10 grams of total fat, 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3½-oz serving.
 
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Posted by on November 24, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Farmer’s Share

Agfact #23

For every dollar spent on food, the farmer receives 15.8 cents.

Ag fact provided by National Farmers Union

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Embracing Technology

AgFact Day #22

Today’s farmers produce 262% more food with 2% fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.

 

Agfact provided by the American Farm Bureau Federation

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Agriculture’s Contribution to our Economy

Agfact Day #21

Agriculture accounts for roughly 20% of the nations GDP, contributing $3.5 trillion a year to the U.S. economy.

  • In 2010, $115 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world. The United States sells more food and fiber to world markets than we import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance.
  • One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export.
  • 31 percent of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exports.
  • About 23 percent of raw U.S. farm products are exported each year.
  • More than 21 million American workers (15 percent of the total U.S. workforce) produce, process and sell the nation’s food and fiber.
 
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Posted by on November 21, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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You are a Part of Agriculture

Agfact #20  Agriculture is everywhere.  Farmers and Ranchers provide more items in your life than the food you eat and feed for livestock.

Agriculture products are often grouped into Food, Fiber and Fuel. However, every day you utilize items made from raw materials produced on farm or ranch. Test your knowledge.  I have gather graphics and list of non-food products from livestock and crops.  This just some of the items.

It takes all U.S. Farmers and Ranchers to produce the items you use every day. The important thing to remember is YOU are part of agriculture from the food you eat to insulation in your house to biofuel in your car.  Agriculture is important part of your life and important part of U.S. Economy.

Animal Uses beyond the plate

Everything but the Oink

Non-Products from Sheep

Wool – Clothing, yarn, blankets, carpets; Skin is used for leather, coats, triming
Lanolin – adhesive tape, printing ink, motor oils, auto lubrication, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals

Products made from Corn provide by the National Corn Growers Association

 

Non-Food Products made from Soybeans

Adhesives, Anti-corrosive agents, Anti-static agents, Asphalt emulsions, Caulking compounds, Core oils, Cleansing Materials, Cosmetics, Diesel fuel, Disinfectants, Dust control agent, Electrical insulation, Epoxies, Films for Packaging, Fungicides, Herbicides, Inks-printing, Insecticides, Leather substitutes, Linoleum backing, Metal-casting/working, Medicine, Oiled fabrics, Paints, Particle Board, Pesticides, Pigments, Plastics, Plywood, Polyesters, Protective coatings, Putty, Rubber Manufacture, Soaps/shampoo/detergents, Textiles, Texture Paints, Vinyl plastics, Waterproof cement, Wallboard, Wetting Agent.

See the Complete List

Touch of Cotton

One bale of cotton can make:

215 Jeans
249 Bed Sheets
409 Men’s Sport Shirts
690 Terry Bath Towels
765 Men’s Dress Shirts
1,217 Men’s T-Shirts
1,256 Pillowcases
2,104 Boxer Shorts
2,419 Men’s Briefs
3,085 Diapers
4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
6,436 Women’s Knit Briefs
21,960 Women’s Handkerchiefs
313,600 $100 Bills*


 
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Posted by on November 20, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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The Cost of the Thanksgiving Meal

Agfact #19

On the average,the Cost of Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings is just under $5 a person.

 

A holiday meal for 10 only costs $49.48. American Farm Bureau estimated that the cost of the Thanksgiving dinner is up only 1/2 percent from last year.  While the Turkey increased slightly in price, other items like whipping cream-milk-sweat potatoes-pumpkin pie mix-peas-fresh cranberries cost less then last year.

This Thanksgiving season take the time to reflect on the farm families that raise your food.  Trust me your Thanksgiving meal did not just come from the grocery store.  U.S. Farmers and Ranchers work hard every day battling Mother Nature to raise crops and livestock for your dinner table. Do you have question about farming? Just ask me, an American Farmer, and I would be happy to share information about farming.

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Gooble, Gooble

Agfact Day #18

In 1920, U.S. turkey growers produced one turkey for every 29 persons in the U.S. Today growers produce nearly one turkey for every person in the country.

wild turkey

Raising Turkeys

  • In 2011, more than 248 million Turkeys were raised; the average lightweight bird weighed 28lbs with nearly 6 Billion pounds of turkey processed.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 45 million Turkeys will be cooked on Thanksgiving Day.  That is 1/6 of all the Turkeys sold in the U.S. each year.

Other Facts about Turkeys

  • Female Turkeys do not gobble
  • Wild Turkeys were native of Eastern United States
  • Turkeys have no external ears but have great hearing
  • Turkeys can see color
  • Domestic Turkeys can not fly but Wild Turkeys can
 
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Posted by on November 18, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Affordable, Abundant Food

Agfact Day #17

It takes just 40 days for most Americans to earn enough money to pay for their food supply for the entire year. In comparison with the 129 days it takes the average American to earn enough money to pay federal, state and local taxes for the year.

Since U.S. Farmers and Ranchers are more efficient agriculture managers, utilize new technology, and work to improve production practice; U.S. consumers are able to spend only 10% of their income on food while the…

  • French spend 18 percent,
  • British spend 22 percent,
  • Italians spend 23 percent, the
  • Japanese spend 26 percent, and consumers in
  • Indians spend up to 51 percent of their income on food.

Thank you to America’s Farmers and Ranchers for producing affordable, abundant food!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Bountiful Harvest

Agfact #16

A bushel of wheat yields 42 one-and-a-half pound commercial loaves of white bread OR about 90 one-pound loaves of whole wheat bread. There is approximately 16 ounces of flour in a one-and-a-half pound loaf of bread.

 

 

A bushel of wheat also makes…

  • 42 lbs of pasta or 210 servings of spaghetti
  • 42 lbs of white flour or 60 lbs of whole wheat flour
  • 45 24-ounce boxes of wheat flake cereal

Other Wheat Fact

  • One bushel of wheat contains approximately one million individual kernels.
  • Wheat is grown in 24 states. Kansas leads the states for producing the most wheat with North Dakota being a close second.
  • One bushel of Wheat = 60lbs and One acre of wheat produces 2400lbs

Learn more about growing Wheat

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Certified Angus Beef, Breaking Sale Records

AgFacts #15

About 2.2 million pounds of Certified Angus Beef®  are sold daily, generating an estimated $4 billion in consumer sales annually. In 2012, 811 million pounds of Certified Angus Beef® brand products were sold at distinguished establishments around the world. Nearly 14,000 licensed retail and foodservice partners in the United States and 45 other countries offer the premium brand.

  • The Certified Angus Beef ® brand is a cut above USDA Prime, Choice and Select. Ten quality standards ensure every bit is flavorful, tender and juicy.
  • Only 1 in 4 Angus cattle meets the highest standards to become the Certified Angus Beef ® brand, making it Angus beef at its best®.
  •  Every pound of beef is tracked from initial identification until it is sold to consumers, ensuring genuine Certified Angus Beef ® brand products
  • The same independent USDA graders inspect black-hided cattle (typical of the Angus breed) and give it a grade. All beef considered for the brand must be the best Choice, or Prime, beef – truly the top of the scale. This top-quality Angus beef is then evaluated again, using the brand’s set of 10 science-based specifications for marbling, size and uniformity. If it’s good enough to make the cut, then it earns the distinctive Certified Angus Beef ® brand label.

Certified Angus Beef Fact Sheet

10 Quality Standards of Certified Angus Beef

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Posted by on November 15, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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