National Ag Day

19 Mar

Happy National Ag Day!!

It is days like today that make me so proud to be apart of the agriculture industry! I absolutely love seeing people come together and rally around agriculture. Social media has made it so much easier to see all the ag support and is a great tool for agvocating. I’ve been tweeting about agriculture all day, made a facebook post, and i intend on instagraming an agriculture related photo. People need to know where their food comes from now more than ever with the agriculture industry under attack. In order to celebrate the day I’ve decided to share fun agriculture facts with all my friends, and share my passion for agriculture.

Here’s my Top 10 List

(from American Farm Bureau)

1. Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.

2. Today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.

3. 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.

4. Americans enjoy a food supply that abundant, affordable overall and among the world’s safest, thanks in large part to the efficiency and productivity of America’s farm and ranch families.

5. The average farmer feeds about 155 people

6. Of the 2.2 million farms in the United States, 87% are owned by an individual or a married couple (agweb.com)

(the following are from farmflavor.com)

7. The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year

8. One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball

9. Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons

10. Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world.

Agriculture is so important to so many people! I encourage all of you to spread the ag love and share the greatness of agriculture not just today, but every day!

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One Response to “National Ag Day”

  1. kephart8111 March 20, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I agree social media has made it easier for us to agvocate to the rest of the public. I knew a few of these 10 random facts but my new favorite fact is number 8; “One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball”. Great job agvocating!

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