History of Horse Power on the Farm

Before the invention of the tractor, horses were the main force in agriculture. They were first domesticated in 4000 BC. By 2400 BC, horses were put in harnesses, similar to those used for oxen. However, these early harnesses were not ideal for horses. During the 5th century, a harness called a full collar was developed in […]

4,400 Cranberries Can Make a Gallon of Juice

Cranberries, native to the American wetlands, are very unique. They require a special combination of factors that the wetlands provide, which include acid peat soil and adequate fresh water. The top producing states of the fruit include New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin. Canadian provinces of British Columbia and Quebec are also top producing […]

Alabama Leads the Nation in Cotton Production

While Alabama is known as the “Cotton State”, one of it’s many nicknames, cotton only accounts for approximately 3.5% of the total farm and forestry income. The state leads in production of cotton in the United States. The state is also ranked 2nd in broilers, catfish and quail, 3rd in the nation for peanuts and sod, […]

Thanksgiving Facts to be Thankful For

Thanksgiving is America’s second most popular holiday, right after Christmas, and it is easy to see why. Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, spend time with loved ones, . . . and eat! From the main course to the sides, Thanksgiving is a delicious holiday. Did you know that the average American consumes almost […]

5 Wyoming Ag Facts

Wyoming is home to the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and a part of Yellowstone National Park. Perhaps these views inspired Wyoming’s nickname, the Cowboy State. But there is much more to the state. Agriculture has a $1.6 billion economic impact per year for the state. With a booming industry, there’s definitely more to the […]

Figs are Pollinated by Wasps

Did you know that figs are inverted flowers? The flower blooms on the inside of the pear-shaped pod and turns into fruit. Each flower produces one-seeded, hard-shelled fruit called an achene. Each fig is made of multiple achene. Areas with full sunlight, warm temperatures, and well-draining soils are ideal for this fruit. In these conditions, […]

10 Paw-some Facts about Dogs

As man’s best friend, it’s easy to see why dogs are among the most popular pets. But before humans kept these cuddly creatures for pets, dogs were (and still are) used in agriculture. They are used for herding, protection, and pest control. Learn more paw-some facts about dogs. Written by Abigail Tomalewski, Marketing Assistant Want […]

Grapes were cultivated over 7,000 years ago

Botanically from the berry family, grapes are grown for fresh consumption and dried fruit (like raisins) or are processed into jams, jellies, juice and wine. Grapes leaves are also used many dishes. Find out how these berries are grown and more grape facts: Grapes were cultivated over 7,000 years ago near present-day Iran. Spanish friars […]

Aquaculture Facts

Aquaculture is the farming of fish, crustaceans, aquatic plants, and more to produce food and other commercial products, as well as replenish wild stocks and rebuild populations of threatened and endangered species. It’s an environmentally responsible source of food and products. Over half of the seafood eaten worldwide come from Aquaculture. Fish farming supplies most […]

15 facts about Winter Squash

What is winter squash, you might ask? There are two types of squash: summer and winter. Green and yellow zucchini, yellow squash, pattypan, crookneck, zephyr, and cousa are all popular types of summer squash. Acorn, autumn cup, banana, butternut, delicata, and spaghetti are all popular types of winter squash. Unlike summer squash, winter squash is […]