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Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

With Plant 13 finish, the farm crew moved onto the first cutting of grass hay

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Life on the Cattle Farm


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Thank You Consumers

Today (March 19) is National Ag Day, a day to celebrate the wonderful world of Agriculture.  As a farmer, I cannot imagine a day when I do not get my hands dirty or welcome a brand new calf into the world or discuss agriculture.

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No one on this planet could go a day without Agriculture. You are part of Agriculture from the food you eat to the clothes you wear. Agriculture is everywhere. Beyond the plate, farmers and ranchers produce items you use every day.


On National Ag Day, we need to celebrate AGRICULTURE and the abundance, variety food choices that U.S. Farmers and Ranchers provide for the World. Whether your food choice is conventional, organic, all natural, local, gluten-free, vegetarian, or all animal protein; we need to be thankful for the affordable choices available to us as consumers in this nation. Despite the rising food costs in the grocery store, the U.S. still has the cheapest and more food choices for its citizens. Read More



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Posted by on March 19, 2013 in food


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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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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.

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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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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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Soldier Pigs and the War

Agfact  #11

Soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers.

Other fact about Pork and War:

  • During the War of 1812, a New York pork packer named Uncle Sam Wilson shipped a boatload of several hundred barrels of pork to U.S. troops. Each barrel was stamped “U.S.” on the docks. The “U.S.” stood for “Uncle Sam” whose shipment seemed large enough to feed the entire army. This is how “Uncle Sam” came to represent the U.S. Government.



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Posted by on November 11, 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.

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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.







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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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

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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.

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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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Protecting the Land

AgFact Day#3

The same land that provides food and open space for raising cattle also offers a home for many types of wildlife, including threatened and endangered species of fish, mammals, birds and plants.

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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Ag Facts


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