Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | March 21, 2013

Ag Week: Appreciating Agricultural Work!

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National Ag Week coincides with National Agriculture Day, and takes place during March 17-23 this year. Read on for some interesting facts about the important world of agriculture!

  • There are 47 different breeds of sheep in the U.S.
  • The average person consumes 584 pounds of dairy products a year.
  • 160 degrees Fahrenheit is the correct cooking temperature to ensure safe and savory ground beef.
  • Crop rotation, the practice of growing different crops in succession on the same land, is another way farmers take care of the land.
  • 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.
  • Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Farmers and ranchers receive only 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents.

Test Your Ag Knowledge! How many farms in the U.S. are family owned and operated? How many farms in the U.S. are run primarily by women? Test your knowledge of agriculture with the quiz from America’s Farmers at: http://www.americasfarmers.com/about/facts/.

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For every glass of milk, slice of pizza, warm blanket, and piece of toast, there is an agricultural producer to thank!

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-American Farm Bureau Federation: Fast Facts About Agriculture. http://www.fb.org/index.php?action=newsroom.fastfacts.

– Farmers Feed US: Fun Farm Facts. http://www.farmersfeedus.org/fun-farm-facts/.

– America’s Farmers. http://www.americasfarmers.com/.

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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