Hay bales

Ag 101: Hay

November 20, 2014
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 »

Ag 101 – Pumpkin Patch

August 12, 2014
  Pumpkins bring to mind jack-o’-lanterns and Thanksgiving dinner, but they make a significant impact all year long. The majority of pumpkins are processed and found in the form of pumpkin puree or canned pie mix. Pumpkins provide many health benefits, contain zero cholesterol and are low in sodium. The rest are grown for ornamental... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts about Basil

June 17, 2014
Basil is an incredibly versatile herb that packs a punch of flavor. Its fragrant leaves are often found in Italian dishes and are considered sacred in Hindu cultures. Fresh facts about basil: Originally found in India, Asia and Africa, basil was introduced to Europe through international trade. Basil can be used for medicinal purposes, such as digestive... Read more »... Read more »
Ag 101 Quiz

[QUIZ] Ag 101

May 06, 2014
Think you’re an agriculture whiz? Test your knowledge of basic ag facts on some of the country’s most valuable crops and industries.... Read more »
Missouri Pork from Farrow to Finish

Ag 101 – Hog Wild

April 30, 2014
The United States is the second-largest pork producer in the world behind China. In 2011, there were 67,000 pork operations in the U.S., producing 21 billion pounds of pork from 110 million hogs. Known as “the other white meat,” pork has had a mixed reputation despite the fact that cuts of pork, such as pork... Read more »... Read more »

Farm Facts about Popcorn

April 21, 2014
Reaching into a seemingly bottomless bucket of popcorn, eyes glued to the movie screen, hoping the guy gets the girl in the end, you hardly stop to think about the the buttery morsels you are furiously munching. Press play for these interesting facts about popcorn. Researchers found 1,000-year-old corn kernels in Peruvian tombs that were... Read more »... Read more »
Handful of pecans

Farm Facts about Pecans

April 14, 2014
You’ll often see delicious pecans baked into pies, cookies and brownies, or sometimes simply eaten by the handful. April is National Pecan month, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than to share interesting facts about the nut:   Pecans contain what is referred to as, “good fat,” or unsaturated fat, which helps prevent... Read more »... Read more »
Bakers Peanuts

Ag 101 – The Peanut Gallery

March 14, 2014
The average American will consume more than six pounds of peanut products per year in the form of peanut butter, candy, roasted, salted, boiled and more. Despite not technically qualifying as a nut, peanuts are the most popular snack nut in the U.S., accounting for 67 percent of “nut” consumption. With edible kernels encased in... Read more »... Read more »

Ag 101: Agriculture Facts About Wheat

March 13, 2014
Wheat is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops, and it was first planted in the United States in 1777 as a hobby crop. Wheat is the primary grain used in U.S. grain products. A member of the grass family, wheat produces a small, dry, one-seeded fruit, called the kernel. Learn more about this important... Read more »... Read more »
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