In recognition of Agriculture Day, March 25, Nebraska Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE) compiled these fascinating facts:
• Agriculture is one of the United States’ most important industries, employing more than 24 million workers, or 17 percent of the country’s total work force.
• Elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid.
• The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds.
• Cows can detect smells up to six miles away
• Raising beef cattle comprises the single largest segment of American agriculture.
• Today, one farmer supplies food for 144 people in the U.S. and abroad.
• The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed 86 pounds, about the size of an average third-grader.
• Cows are herbivores, so they only have teeth on the bottom.
• One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn.
• There are about 7,000 cherries on an average tart cherry tree and it takes about 250 cherries to make a cherry pie.
• In the United States, lettuce is the second most popular fresh vegetable. Almost all lettuce is packed right in the field.
• Blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States, behind strawberries.
• Eggs age more in one day at room temperature than in one week in the refrigerator.
• There are over 500 different types of bananas. That means if you ate a different kind of banana every day, it would take almost a year and a half to eat every one. Bananas are about 99.5% fat free.
• Noodles got their start in China, not Italy, as you might think.
• Apples, a member of the rose family, float because 25 percent of their volume is air.
• Asparagus is related to onions, leeks, and garlic. One of the most popular varieties of green asparagus is named after Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington.
• Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites!
• The United States provides about one-fourth (25%) of the world’s total supply of fresh peaches.
For more information about Nebraska WIFE, contact Pam Potthoff, President, 35807 Drive 714, Trenton, NE 69044, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 308-276-2548.