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Statue of Liberty Goes Green with Soybeans

Agfact Day #25

All the elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soy-based hydraulic fluid.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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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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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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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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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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Wooly AgFacts

AgFact #10 comes straight from the North American International Livestock Show.

Wool is comparatively fire resistant. This natural fiber is hard to ignite and will self-extinguish.  Historical, firefighters wore wool pants when fighting fires.

Columbia ewe

Ranches and farms raise sheep for meat and/or wool.  Approximately, 90 percent of the world’s sheep produce wool.   Sheep breeders shear their sheep.  One sheep can produce 2 to 30 pounds of wool annually depending on the breed, genetics, nutrition, and shearing interval.  The raw wool is sold to wool mill or to individuals that hand spinners.

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In the United State, 29.3 million pounds of wool was harvested from 4.03 million head of sheep and lamb.

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Corny Facts for AgFact Day 8

AgFact Day#8

America’s corn farmers are by far the most productive in the world, growing 20% more corn per acre than any other nation. Source: USDA

 

Why US Corn Growers break records ever year?

  • Knowledge handed down by generation by generation of families growing corn on family-owned land.
  • Advancement in the Seed – Investment in Research is the key to success.

Plant breeders today have advanced tools to better predict which desirable characteristics will come from its two parents. They can identify seeds with potential and determine those characteristics before a single seed is ever planted in the ground. Add the advances gained through biotechnology and the potential from mapping the corn genome, and it’s safe to say today’s yields – unimagined only a generation ago – are just the beginning      -2012 The Corn Fact Book

Visit the Corn Farmers Coalition site to see other great information about Corn.  Thank you to Illinois Corn Growers and Corn Farmers Coalition for these great facts.

 

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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