Posted by: Patricia Hysong | March 25, 2014

It’s Here…National Ag Day!

National Ag Day 2014

Where would we be without farmers and ranchers in the United States?

Up the creek, starving. That’s where.

United States ranchers and farmers play a huge role in feeding not just Americans, but the entire world.

Since 1973, the Agriculture Council of America has promoted National Ag Day as a way to increase awareness of agriculture’s important role in sustaining our society.

Here are some fun trivia about the food we eat:

  • The average American eats about 68 quarts of popcorn each year!
  • Eating about 20 tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain.
  • Since the early 1900s, Americans have increased their lettuce consumption to nearly 30 pounds per person per year.
  • The bright orange color of carrots tells us they are an excellent source of Vitamin A which is important for good eyesight, especially at night.
  • Michigan and New Jersey produce 66% of all the blueberries in the United States, followed by North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
  • Occasionally, a hen will produce double-yolked eggs and rare but not unusual, a young hen can produce an egg with no yolk at all.
  • Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
  • In early colonial times, pumpkins were used as an ingredient for the crust of pies, not the filling.
  • In the winter, apple trees need to “rest” for about 900-1,000 hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit in order to flower and fruit properly.

For more fun facts, visit the Fun Facts page of the National Ag Day site.

Some information was adapted from Agriculture Council of America.

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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