Agriculture

Farm Facts About Avocados

Farm Facts About Avocados

April 29, 2013
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 »
One in six Americans is experiencing food insecurity and the National FFA Organization's global initiative to fight hunger called “Feeding the World–Starting at Home” is taking steps to help.

Discover Ways Your FFA Chapter Can Fight Hunger in Your Community

April 20, 2013
By now, you’ve probably heard about the National FFA Organization’s global initiative to fight hunger called “Feeding the World–Starting at Home.” You may have even taken the FFA Pledge to Fight Hunger online at FFA.org/hunger. One in six Americans is experiencing food insecurity, so there’s no time to waste. It’s time to act, and there... Read more »... Read more »
Farm Facts About Blueberries

Farm Facts About Blueberries

April 18, 2013
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

Farm Facts About Strawberries

April 18, 2013
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

Farm Facts About Eggs

April 02, 2013
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

Farm Facts About Watermelon

March 01, 2013
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 »
Producing Sweet Sorghum

Did You Know?: Facts about Sweet Sorghum

February 05, 2013
• 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 »
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AG 101: Must-Know Agriculture Facts About Lettuce

January 31, 2013
  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 »
Farm Facts About Potatoes

Farm Facts About Potatoes

January 18, 2013
The potato is one versatile vegetable. This tasty spud is grown in 36 states across the country and is super easy to cook. Take a look at some interesting farm facts about the always-popular potato: Potatoes provide more potassium than bananas. They also contain fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Seven varieties of potatoes are grown in... Read more »... Read more »
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