Understanding the Facts in Agriculture…

Most children, who are born in a city, usually don’t find out until later in life where their food comes from.

I’ve heard some children ask, “Does chocolate milk come from a brown cow?”

Or, “I never thought that most cereals we eat for breakfast are highly based on farm commodities grown in fields.”

These are typical day to day statements from our younger generations.

How can we better educate ourselves and those around us in agriculture?

Some Farm Facts provided by Food Producers of Idaho include:

  1. 40% of Idaho is covered with trees

  2. 2010 Farm Cash Receipts for Idaho – $5.73 billion

  3. Only 31% of Idaho land is privately owned

  4. More foods are made with wheat than any other cereal grain

  5. Idaho exports more than 50% of its wheat crop

  6. Idaho produces over 180 different commodities

  7. Potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol free

  8. An acre of canola can produce 175 gallons of biodiesel

  9. Idaho produces 80% of the world’s hybrid sweet corn seed

  10. 29 cuts of beef are considered Lean by USDA

  11. There are over 2 million head of cattle in Idaho

  12. A gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds

  13. A potato is 80% water and 20% solids

  14. Idaho ranks #1 in barley production nationally

  15. Average age of an Idaho farmer/rancher is 56.5

  16. Idaho produces more rainbow trout than any other state in the US

  17. Dairy is Idaho’s #1 top dollar commodity

  18. 80% of Idaho irrigation water comes from rivers and reservoirs

  19. Idaho has approximately 3 million irrigated acres

  20. Gophers and rock chucks damage agriculture land and irrigation canals

At Ag Pro Consulting, we are very passionate about making sure our Clients understand the value of their agricultural asset. Whether it is a farm that needs some TLC, an irrigation system that needs to be replaced, or an investment that will yield a good return, they are all important. We focus on various agribusiness services such as: Water Right Consulting, Farm Management, Irrigation Project Management and much more. Please let us know how we can help you. Please contact us for a free consultation.

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