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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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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!
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