Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | March 19, 2013

It’s National Agriculture Day!!

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March 19th is National Agriculture Day 2013!

National Agriculture Day was established as a day to acknowledge the role that agriculture plays in our lives, and to increase this awareness on a national level. It is a time to appreciate and celebrate the daily contributions of ranching, farming and production! Ag Day is hosted and promoted nationally through the Agriculture Council of America (ACA), and began in 1973. Check out the National Ag Day website here.

  • According to the National Ag Day website, approximately 22 million people are employed in agriculture-related fields, and there are now over 200 career options in this ever-evolving line of work!

Here are some fun food facts from the National Ag Day website:

  • Americans eat about 30 pounds of lettuce every year. That’s about five times more than what we ate in the early 1900s.
  • Today, in Michigan, there are almost 4 million cherry trees which annually produce 150 to 200 pounds of tart cherries.
  • About 240 million laying hens produce about 5.5 billion dozen eggs per year in the United States.
  • America’s first large pasta factory was built in Brooklyn, New York in 1848 by a Frenchman who would spread out his spaghetti strands on the roof to dry in the sunshine.
  • Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day, or 350 slices per second.

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Supplying food and products for society takes a lot of work and keeps our communities thriving! We thank all those who work in agriculture to make this possible!

 

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

– National Ag Day. http://www.agday.org/.

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

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