A clear sky, calm winds, and teamwork are needed to make the perfect tailgate party. But, how much do you know about the Iowa men and women who really `get the party started'?
A clear sky, calm winds, and teamwork are needed to make the perfect tailgate party. But, how much do you know about the Iowa men and women who really "get the party started"?
Read on to learn more about today's farming and the men and women who "go long" every day, to grow safer, healthier food.
- Agriculture (and its
related industries) is Iowa's economic MVP; scoring $112.2 billion a
year for our economy and creating 1 out of every 5 jobs.
- Iowa is the "leading
scorer" in the nation when it comes to growing corn, pork and eggs, and
is a "Top 10 Draft Pick" in virtually every other commodity,
including soybeans, oats, cattle, turkeys and sheep.
- The average U.S. farm produces enough food to feed about 168 people. During the 80's, it was just above 100 people.
- Iowa also scores big when
it comes to growing renewable energy, such as renewable fuels, biomass
and wind energy. We're doing our part to reduce the nation's dependence
on foreign oil.
- The average size of an Iowa farm is around 347 acres (as of 2014).
- One acre is about the size
of a football field without its end zones. That means Iowa has more
than 23 million football fields of farmland!
- Most of the corn you see
growing all across Iowa isn't sweet corn! More than 13-million acres
of corn is grown in Iowa annually, and while most is used for
livestock feed and renewable energy, once it's processed, it's used
for many, many other things.
- Corn is a real "team
player"; did you know 4,000 items in a typical grocery store include
corn? Even yogurt, mayonnaise, batteries, adhesives and cosmetics are
made from a by-product of corn.
- There are more than 9 million acres of soybeans grown in Iowa annually
and nearly all are processed for oil and protein and fed to livestock.
Soybeans are processed into food for people and used as vegetable
oil, baked into breads, or even made into tofu.
- Talk about "going
long"; did you know one cowhide can produce enough leather to make 20
footballs, 18 soccer balls, 18 volleyballs or 12 basketballs?
- It takes about 640 cowhides to make footballs for one NFL season.
- You won't find Iowa's
nearly 4 million cattle grazing on Astroturf! They're either raised on
pastures where they eat real grass or in barns where they eat grain
and cut and fermented grasses called silage.
- Nothing goes to waste in a
cow; did you know their by-products are also in marshmallows,
mayonnaise, gelatin, pet food, shoes, luggage, furniture, automobiles,
shampoo, soaps, detergents, insecticides, paints and perfumes?
- The pork industry has gained
significant yardage in recent years; pork is 16% lower in fat today
(and 27% lower in saturated fat) than it was 25 years ago.
- One hog provides
approximately 355 pieces of bacon; therefore, Iowa's 21 million hogs
and pigs produce nearly 7.5 billion slices of bacon.
- In the 1950s, most pigs
were raised on outdoor lots. Today, pigs have the home field advantage
if they are raised in weather-protected, climate-controlled barns,
safe from pests and the threat of disease.