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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.

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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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Make Room for the Turkey

The main dish at the first Thanksgiving in 1621 was the Turkey.  Although wild turkey still roam the United States today, it was probably the Pilgrims who brought tame turkeys to the new world.  Through the years, Thanksgiving dinners has always been about the Turkey.

Traditionally raising Turkeys on the farm was a seasonal adventure due to the need of temperature control for the bird’s survival. In th mid-1920s, moderation of facility with a protective environment made it possible to raise Turkeys year round.

The United States in the number one producer of Turkeys, raising 7.1 pounds valuing at $4.4 billion. Minnesota is the leading state in Turkey production.

White or Dark Meat

Did you ever wonder why the breast and wings of chickens and turkeys have white meat while the legs and thighs are dark? The explanation is   a physiological one involving the function of muscles, which gives some   insight into humans as well as animals. The dark coloration is not due   to the amount of blood in muscles but rather to a specific muscle type  and it’s ability to store oxygen.

Other Main Dishes

If you are like me the Turkey is not exactly your meat of choice.  While the Turkey is the animal protein of choice for the first Thanksgiving, it does not have to be your choice.  Ranchers across the United States produce a wide range of nutrient-rich animal proteins. My personal favorite is Certified Angus Beef but you may enjoy a roasted pork loin or lamp chops.

As you sit down around the table with your family and friends to enjoy feast of choice and count their blessings, remember to say a extra thank you for the farm families that turn natural resources into food and products every household uses daily.

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in food

 

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