Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | February 27, 2012

Agriculture News & Events Today

The world of agriculture is always full of activity and there is much to be talked about within this amazing industry! National Ag Day AND Ag Week are right around the corner, and many other events are taking place which impact the realm of agriculture and rural development.

So, what is Ag Day? National Ag Day is a time to celebrate and promote all that agriculture has provided for us! It is a day to recognize and appreciate the contributions of farmers, ranchers and producers across the country, and increase national awareness of the importance of agriculture to society. Ag Day is hosted and promoted on a national level through the Agriculture Council of America. National Ag Week is taking place March 4th-March 10th, and this year marks the 39th anniversary of National Ag Day!

Agriculture News and Events:

  • Ag Day Events in D.C.  –
  • March 7th – The Future of Food and Farming: An Agriculture Day Dialogue  Agri-Pulse Panel Discussion and Reception on Capitol Hill with speakers Roger Beachy, Bryan Dierlam, Eileen Langdon, Pat O’Toole and Dave White
  • March 8th – Coffee at USDA with guest speaker Krysta Harden
  • March 8th – Mix & Mingle Luncheon
  • March 8th – National Ag Day Dinner with guest speaker Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

More information for all of these National Ag Day events can be found at the Ag Day web site:   

  • New Web Site to Support Future Farmers – A collaboration between Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the USDA National Agriculture Library and the American Farm Bureau Federation has launched the new web site, The site offers resources and tools for beginning ranchers and farmers, and is funded through a grant by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Beginning Farming and Ranching Development Program.    
  • USDA Rural Development Initiatives – It was recently announced that the USDA is launching a 2-year pilot program to help rural borrowers refinance mortgages, lower monthly payments and decrease interest rates. The program helps homeowners who have loans that were made or guaranteed by USDA Rural Development, and is an expansion of earlier initiatives to assist homeowners struggling to pay mortgages due to job loss and other challenges. For now, the pilot will be operating in 19 states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Fun Ag Facts & Info:  

  • Americans today consume 17.3 billion quarts of popped popcorn each year! The average American eats about 68 quarts!
  • There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree (the number varies depending on the age of the tree, weather and growing conditions). It takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie, so each tree could produce enough cherries for 28 pies!
  • Americans eat about 30 pounds of lettuce every year. That’s about five times more than what we ate in the early 1900s.
  • Michigan and New Jersey produce 66% of all the blueberries in the United States, followed by North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
  • The egg shell may have as many as 17,000 tiny pores over its surface. Through them, the egg can absorb flavors and odors. Storing them in their cartons helps keep them fresh!
  • About 240 million laying hens produce about 5.5 billion dozen eggs per year in the United States.
  • Pasta is one of America’s favorite foods. Last year, 1.3 million pounds of pasta were sold in American grocery stores. If you lined up 1.3 million pounds of 16 oz. spaghetti packages, it could circle the Earth’s equator almost nine times!
  • The United States provides about one-fourth (25%) of the world’s total supply of fresh peaches.
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second. Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices (23 pounds) of pizza a year.
  • The average U.S. dairy cow produces 22.5 quarts of milk each day. That’s about 16,000 glasses of milk per year – enough for about 40 people. One cow can give 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.
  • Hamburger meat from a single steer will make about 720 quarter pound hamburger patties. That’s enough for a family of 4 to enjoy hamburgers each day for nearly 6 months.

Facts & Info obtained from the Ag Day web site.

Agriculture is America’s No. 1 export, providing for millions of people every day!


This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

Agriculture Council of America National Ag Day web site:

United States Department of Agriculture. News release accessed at:

Dairyherd Network, news release at:


Wyoming AgrAbility is pleased to announce that Chelsea Hampton is the new project coordinator in charge of the daily operation of AgrAbility. She will also manage the AgrAbility blog and face book page. Chelsea was born in Rock Springs and has lived in several Wyoming communities. She has a degree in social work and has worked as a job coach for persons with disabilities.

She can be reached at: or (307) 766-3052. Welcome Chelsea!

Randy Weigel, project director

Wyoming AgrAbility

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