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Beef, largest single segment

Agfact Day #30

Cattle and beef production represent the largest single segment of American agriculture. In fact according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) more farms are classified as beef cattle operations (31%) than any other type of farm. Grant most cattle operation are small, 90% of cow herds are less than 100 with average about 44 animals.


In 2011, 742,000 herds of cattle (farms) existed in the United States, the home of 30.9 million  beef cows and 26.7 million feeder calves.


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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Veggie Facts

Agfact #14 

California produced the most vegetables in United States, which accounted for 48% of the nation’s value of fresh vegetables.

  • Fresh vegetables and melon production totaled 43.5 billion in 2010
  • In terms of production, three leading vegetables are tomatoes, lettuce, and onions
  • In the United States, more tomatoes are consumed than any other single fruit or vegetable!
  • The U.S. remains a net importer of fresh and processed vegetables
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Trading Horse Drawn Power for Horsepower

Agfact  #12

Farm equipment has evolved dramatically from the team of horses used in the early 1900s.

Today’s four-wheel drive tractors have the power of 40- 300 horses. This makes for a large capital investment, as farmers pay anywhere from $97,000 for an average 160 horsepower tractor to $170,000 for a four-wheel drive model.

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Posted by on November 12, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Cow Sugar

AgFact Day #9:        Black Angus Cattle have gray-rough tongues.

Purebred Angus Cow

Many people who visit our beef farm are surprised to learn that the color of the tongue of our purebred Angus Cattle are grey.  The tongue surface is also very rough.

I do not recommend that you get as close as my daughter to examine a cow’s tongue. Remember this is a cow she owns and works with every day.  They have earned each other’s trust.

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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Starbucks and Milk

Agfact Day #7: Starbucks uses over 2% of the nation’s annual milk supply – brought to my attention by great agriculture blog,  Beef Jar by Megan Brown

Decaf Pike Place™ Roast

Starbucks uses over 93 million gallons of milk per year, enough to fill 155 Olympic-sized swimming pools

From Cows to Starbucks

Dairy Cows (female) not Beef Cows produce 90% of the nation’s milk supply. Dairy Farmers milk cows each day. Most farmers milk by machine.

Dairy Cow

Milk is carried by refrigerator truck from the farm to processing plants. Processors pasteurized the milk and bottle it for stores.

Fun Facts about Milk

  • It takes about 345 squirts to produce one gallon of milk.
  • A cow udder holds between 25 and 50 pounds of pure milk.
  • A single cow yields about 90 glasses of milk per day or about 200,000 glasses of milk per lifetime.
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Posted by on November 7, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Investing in Agriculture

AgFact Day #6: The United States Department of Agriculture was actually started by President Abraham Lincoln.

  • He signed the bill into law authorizing the formation of the department on May 15, 1862, and called it the “people’s department.”
  • On July 2, 1862, Lincoln signed into law the Morrill Act passed by Congress authorizing the development of Land Grant Colleges to teach agriculture, mechanical arts (engineering), and military science
  • The 1862 Homestead Act opened land for settlement.
  • The Hatch Act created experimental stations for agricultural research in 1887
  • The Smith Lever Act took the research of the Land Grant colleges and experimental stations a step further by creating the Cooperative Extension system in 1914.
  • The Smith-Hughes Act of 1917 created vocational agricultural classes in high schools
  • Prior to the Great Depression, Agriculture suffered their own great depression.  President Herbert Hoover vetoed farm bill relief twice.
  • IN 1933, Congress passed the Soil Conservation and Domestication Allotment Act.
  • 1933, the USDA developed programs to distribute surplus foods and raise the
    nutritional level of low-income consumers. The School Lunch program, Low-Cost Milk Program, and the Food Stamp Program followed.



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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Historical Agfacts about Soybeans

 AgFacts Day#5:  History of Soybeans

Soybeans are legume grown by U.S. Farmers. Presently, the soybean is used in variety ways from livestock feed to tofu to oil to plastic

  • As early as 5,000 years ago, farmers in China grew soybeans.
  • In 1804, a Yankee clipper ship brought soybeans to the U.S. When leaving China, sailors loaded the ship with soybeans as an inexpensive ballast. When they arrived in the U.S. they dumped the soybeans to make room for cargo.
  • In 1829, U.S. farmers first grew soybeans. They raised a variety for soy sauce.
  • During the Civil War, soybeans were used in place of coffee because real coffee was scarce.
  • George Washington Carver began studying the soybean. His discoveries changed the way people thought about the soybean; no longer was it just a forage crop. Now its beans provided valuable protein and oil.
  • In 1929 U.S. Farmers grew 9 million soybeans, in 1940 78 million, and today 2 billion

US Soybean Facts

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Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Ag Facts


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 AgFact #4:  90 percent of the pumpkins grown in the United States are raised within a 90-mile radius of Peoria, Illinois

In 2011, U.S. pumpkins farmers harvested  47,300 acres of pumpkins valued at $113 million. Illinois, California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan are the top pumpkin producing states.

Majority of these pumpkins are canned at  Libby’s® pumpkin processing plant owned by Nestlé Food Company in Morton,Illinois; which cans more than 85 percent of the world’s pumpkin each year.

Pumpkins can range in size from less than one pound to more than 1,000 pounds. . The 5- to 10-pound pie pumpkin varieties are most often grown. Pumpkins in the 10- to 25-pound range are primarily used for jack-o-lanterns and can also be used for processing. Pumpkins above 25 pounds are called giant. Giant pumpkins typically range between 25 to 75 pounds in size.

Pumpkins are fruit rich in Vitamin A and potassium. Native Americans used pumpkins in variety way including material for mats but also used the seed for food and seed.  Similar to the first Thanksgiving, the pumpkin is a featured ingredient.

University of Illinois Pumpkin Facts





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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Ag Facts


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The 2 Percent

AgFact Day#2:

Twenty two million American workers produce, process, sell and trade the nation’s food and fiber. But only 4.6 million of those people live on the farms– slightly less than 2 percent of the total U.S. Population. Thank you to every person that help in some part of the chain to provide Abundant Affordable Food.

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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Ag Facts


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Family Farms

Like many agriculturalists before me, November marks a time to be Thankful for bountiful harvest and counting our blessings.  Everyday in November I will share an Ag Fact and highlight the importance of the American Farmer.  THANK YOU to farmers, ranchers, and all the individuals that help provide food, fiber, and fuel for America and the world.

November 1st Ag Fact of the Day:

98% of Farms are Family Owned

Day Family

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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Ag Facts


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