March 22, 2014 at 01:50pm
St. Paul (March 22, 2014) – Minnesota Farmers Union is proud to join in the celebration of agriculture and all it does for our communities during Minnesota Agriculture Week, which was declared by Governor Mark Dayton to be March 23-29, and National Agriculture Day, which is Tuesday, March 25.
“Family farmers not only provide us with food, fuel, and fiber, but agriculture is a financial boon to our local, state and federal economies by supporting 340,000 jobs and adding $75 billion to our state economy alone,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “Farmers work tirelessly to provide unlimited opportunities for all Americans through abundant food and renewable energy, while at the same time, providing a clean environment, a strong economy, and ensuring national security.”
Facts on agriculture:
- on average, a farmer receives only 15.8 cents on every food dollar, the other costs come from distribution, retailing, processing, marketing, and wholesaling;
- every American farmer feeds about 144 people;
- a dairy cow produces 1,500 gallons, or 6,000 quarts of milk in a year;
- every year, each person in the United States uses the equivalent of one tree, 100 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter, for their wood and paper needs;
- Americans eat about 125 pounds of potatoes a year, half from fresh potatoes and half in processed foods;
- it only takes a combine 9 seconds to harvest enough wheat to make 70 loaves of bread;
- there are about 600 kernels on every ear of corn;
- one bushel of wheat will produce 73 one-pound loaves of bread;
- a pig can run a 7-minute mile; and
- one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.
For more facts on agriculture, go to www.agday.org.