Tailgate Trivia

Tailgate Trivia 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.

Did you know?

  • 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, soybeans, pork and eggs, and is a "Top 10 Draft Pick" in virtually every other commodity, including 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.