4th of July Ag Facts

I was working on a Historical 4th of July post when I came upon these fun Ag Facts from the U.S.Census Bureau and the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

I hope you find them as interesting as I do!

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There is about a 1 in 4 chance that the hot dogs and pork sausages consumed at your Fourth of July party originated in Iowa. The Hawkeye State was home to 19.0 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2011. This estimate represents more than one-fourth of the nation’s estimated total. North Carolina (8.6 million) and Minnesota (7.6 million) were also homes to large numbers of pigs. 

6.8 billion pounds (about one-sixth of the nation’s total production) is the total production of cattle and calves in Texas in 2010. Chances are good that the beef hot dogs, steaks and burgers on your backyard grill came from the Lone Star State. And if the beef did not come from Texas, it very well may have come from Nebraska (4.6 billion pounds) or Kansas (4.1 billion pounds).

There are 6 states in which the value of broiler chicken production was $1 billion or greater between December 2009 and November 2010. There is a good chance that one of these states — Georgia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi or Texas — is the source of your

The odds that your side dish of baked beans originated from North Dakota, which produced 36 percent of the nation’s dry, edible beans in 2010, is better than 1 in 3.

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California, Georgia, Washington and New York together accounted for 68 percent of the fresh market sweet corn produced nationally in 2010.

Approximately half of the nation’s potatoes were produced in Idaho or Washington State in 2010.

California produces more than three-fourths of the nation’s head lettuce production in 2010.

The combined production of fresh market tomatoes in Florida and California accounted for 71 percent of total tomato production last year.  Enjoy these reds in your salad or on your burger.

Florida led the nation in watermelon production last year (750 million pounds). Other leading producers of this popular fruit included California, Georgia and Texas, each had an estimate of more than 600 million pounds. 

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One Response to 4th of July Ag Facts

  1. Janet Birky says:

    Hi Robin, enjoyed your article, always love your pictures. We stayed home on the 4th,had run all week. Today went to Spencer’s 2nd birthday party, had fun. It is suppose to rain tonight, which would be great. Love Aunt Janet and Uncle Bill

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