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McDonald’s Top Pork Buyer

Agfact #29

McDonald’s, with its Sausage McMuffin, McRib sandwich and breakfast platters, is one of the nation’s largest buyer of pork products, consuming about 1% of the nation’s total production.

More Facts about Pork

  • The U.S. pork industry generates sales of about $21 billion a year, according to National Pork Producers Council.
  • 21 billion pounds of pork were processed from about 110 million hogs in 2011.
  • A total of 2.3 million metric tons of pork valued at more than $6.1 billion was exported in 2011.
 
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Posted by on November 29, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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Well, Crack Me Up

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.

Eggtastic Facts

  • 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.
 
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Posted by on November 28, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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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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Farmer’s Share

Agfact #23

For every dollar spent on food, the farmer receives 15.8 cents.

Ag fact provided by National Farmers Union

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Ag Facts

 

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You are a Part of Agriculture

Agfact #20  Agriculture is everywhere.  Farmers and Ranchers provide more items in your life than the food you eat and feed for livestock.

Agriculture products are often grouped into Food, Fiber and Fuel. However, every day you utilize items made from raw materials produced on farm or ranch. Test your knowledge.  I have gather graphics and list of non-food products from livestock and crops.  This just some of the items.

It takes all U.S. Farmers and Ranchers to produce the items you use every day. The important thing to remember is YOU are part of agriculture from the food you eat to insulation in your house to biofuel in your car.  Agriculture is important part of your life and important part of U.S. Economy.

Animal Uses beyond the plate

Everything but the Oink

Non-Products from Sheep

Wool – Clothing, yarn, blankets, carpets; Skin is used for leather, coats, triming
Lanolin – adhesive tape, printing ink, motor oils, auto lubrication, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals

Products made from Corn provide by the National Corn Growers Association

 

Non-Food Products made from Soybeans

Adhesives, Anti-corrosive agents, Anti-static agents, Asphalt emulsions, Caulking compounds, Core oils, Cleansing Materials, Cosmetics, Diesel fuel, Disinfectants, Dust control agent, Electrical insulation, Epoxies, Films for Packaging, Fungicides, Herbicides, Inks-printing, Insecticides, Leather substitutes, Linoleum backing, Metal-casting/working, Medicine, Oiled fabrics, Paints, Particle Board, Pesticides, Pigments, Plastics, Plywood, Polyesters, Protective coatings, Putty, Rubber Manufacture, Soaps/shampoo/detergents, Textiles, Texture Paints, Vinyl plastics, Waterproof cement, Wallboard, Wetting Agent.

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Touch of Cotton

One bale of cotton can make:

215 Jeans
249 Bed Sheets
409 Men’s Sport Shirts
690 Terry Bath Towels
765 Men’s Dress Shirts
1,217 Men’s T-Shirts
1,256 Pillowcases
2,104 Boxer Shorts
2,419 Men’s Briefs
3,085 Diapers
4,321 Mid-Calf Socks
6,436 Women’s Knit Briefs
21,960 Women’s Handkerchiefs
313,600 $100 Bills*


 
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Posted by on November 20, 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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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.

wild turkey

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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