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Agfact Day #28
Each of the roughly 280 million laying birds in the U.S. produces from 250 to 300 eggs a year. In total, the U.S. produces about 75 billion eggs a year, about 10% of the world supply.
- Consumers purchase 60% of the U.S. eggs, Food Industry 9%, and the remainder are used for egg products
- Modern Henhouses have computers turning on and off the light. Lightening controls the egg laying.
- Eggs are laid between 7 and 11 a.m.
- It takes a Hen 24 hours to produce an egg.
- Brown and White Eggs have the same nutritional value
- Egg yolks are used in shampoos and conditioners and, sometimes, soaps.
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.
For every dollar spent on food, the farmer receives 15.8 cents.
Ag fact provided by National Farmers Union
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
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.
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.