Facts and Stats

A Juicy Fruit

Americans consume more oranges and other citrus than any other fruit, mostly in the form of juice. And now is a great time to enjoy citrus fruits, since they are currently in season. These fruits are grown in sunny, tropical locations, and winter months are when the fruit is the sweetest, most readily available and... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: Horses

Take a ride back in time 50 million years to discover the origin of today’s horses. These graceful creatures originated in North America and spread to Asia and Europe. Originally, horses were used for milk and meat when they were first domesticated around 3000 or 4000 B.C. Approximately 10,000 years ago, the horses left behind... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: The Basics of Beans

This summer, when enjoying some baked beans at a backyard barbecue, give some thought to how those beans were grown, harvested, processed and prepared for your meal. Dry edible beans, also known as eld beans, are grown to their mature stage, then dried and harvested for the seed within their pods. Although not as widely... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: Meat Goats

Although beef and chicken may take center stage on American dinner tables, goat meat makes up a staggering 63 percent of all red meat consumption worldwide. Goats are the primary protein source in many African, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Caribbean countries. Meat goats are also the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. livestock industry. With... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: Honeybees

Honeybees are tiny little creatures that seem to spend most of their time buzzing around the pool and garden. But do you know the important work they do? The two most important roles of a honeybee are pollinating and making honey. Honeybees pollinate plants by carrying pollen from one plant to the next. Honeybees are... Read more »... Read more »
Almonds in a bowl from directly above

Go Nuts for Almonds

Recently almonds have taken the health food world by storm, but for years, savvy snackers have turned to them for a delicious and nutritious nosh. These little treats are packed with the mysterious “good fats” everyone talks about so much. Almonds are also full of satisfying crunch and protein that helps satiate even the most... Read more »... Read more »
Beef cattle

Ag 101: Beef

Sinking your teeth into a big, juicy burger or cutting into a perfectly cooked steak are some of life’s little pleasures. One of the most prevalent livestock commodities in the United States, beef cattle has been domesticated by man for hundreds of years, providing a high-quality protein necessary for our survival. Despite its fatty reputation,... Read more »... Read more »
Redtail Catfish

Ag 101: Catfish

It’s a cat! It’s a fish! It’s…a catfish! The appropriately named catfish sports twitchy whiskers, much like those of a furry feline. But this murky water-dwelling fish should not be confused with its fuzzy namesake. Catfish can be farm-raised or caught in the wild. Farmraised catfish are prized for their fresh flavor, thanks to a... Read more »... Read more »
Hay bales

Ag 101: Hay

As we cuddle up with steaming bowls of soup, hot cocoa or other cozy treats, our livestock are filling up on cold-weather delicacies of their own. When grass is not readily available in the winter months, many farmers rely on hay to sustain their herds. Hay provides protein and other vital nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and... Read more »... Read more »
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