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Six Cool Facts About Peaches

Take a bite out of this fuzzy, juicy summertime fruit with these facts about peaches. 1. Peaches are grown commercially in 28 states. The top four peach-producing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey. California produces both fresh and processed peaches, whereas South Carolina and Georgia produce mainly fresh peaches. 2. The two basic... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: Must-Know Agriculture Facts About Tomatoes

Whether paired with bacon and lettuce, or diced fresh in a spicy salsa, tomatoes are a summertime staple. The vegetable is important for the U.S., the world’s second leading producer, behind China. Fresh-market tomatoes contributed $863.982 million to the economy in 2012. That same year, the U.S. harvested 94,700 acres of fresh-market tomatoes. Tomatoes used... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts About Eggplant

It may not be the most popular fruit of the bunch, but the eggplant thrives in the summertime and is great for grilling. China is the world’s top producer of the vegetable, and in the U.S. it’s considered a specialty crop. Learn more about the eggplant: The eggplant is a member of the nightshade family,... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts About Avocados

The nutrient-packed avocado has become increasingly more popular of the past few decades, and although the green fruit was thought to have originated in Mexico, avocado trees were first planted in Florida and California in the early 1800s. Check out more facts about the avocado: California is the top producer of avocados in the U.S.,... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts About Blueberries

Sweet, fresh blueberries are packed with disease-fighting antioxidants and nutrients. We celebrate the berry in July for National Blueberry Month, but this true-blue fruit is available (and delicious) year-round. Take a look at interesting facts about the berry: Blueberries are one of the only natural foods that are truly blue in color.  Because of the... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts About Strawberries

Bright red, juicy, sweet and packed with nutrients, fresh strawberries are a summertime staple. Did you know that in 2011, the U.S. produced 2.8 billion pounds of berries? The crop was valued at almost $2.4 million. Discover more about the ruby fruit: According to the USDA, the average person eats 4.85 pounds of fresh or... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts About Eggs

Did you know that you can tell whether an egg is fresh or stale by dropping it in water? A fresh egg will sink, but a stale one will float. May is National Egg Month, but eggs are a staple of U.S. agriculture year-round. Check out a few more farm facts about eggs: Egg yolks... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts About Watermelon

Harvested between July and Labor Day, the watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States. Did you know that this hefty melon can vary in size anywhere from five to 40 pounds? Take a look at some more interesting facts about this summertime treat: 1. The watermelon fruit is about 90 percent water.... Read more »... Read more »

Did You Know?: Facts about Sweet Sorghum

• Sweet sorghum has been grown in the United States since the 1850s for use in sweeteners and syrups. In the early 1900s, the United States produced 20 million gallons of sweet sorghum syrup annually. Today, less than one million gallons are produced in the U.S. each year. • Most sorghum for syrup production is... Read more »... Read more »

AG 101: Must-Know Agriculture Facts About Lettuce

  Sometimes, with all the other colorful vegetables, fruits, meats and toppings that dress a salad, the base ingredient – lettuce – can be easily forgotten. But this crisp, cool vegetable is one important crop for the United States. In fact, in terms of production value, it is the leading vegetable crop in the nation.... Read more »... Read more »
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