A Pomegranate Can Have Between 200 and 1,400 Seeds

November is National Pomegranate Month, so here are 20 facts to help you celebrate this super fruit. The word pomegranate means “apple with many seeds.” The French word for pomegranate is “grenade,” which is where the name came from for the military grenade. Pomegranates are native to the Middle East. In the United States the […]

15 Squash Facts

Squash are some of the oldest crops. There is evidence that the vegetables were grown in Mexico over 10,000 years ago. They were most likely used as containers and utensils because of their hard outer layer. See more facts below. The U.S. imports more squash than any other country. On average, about 300,000 MT is […]

90% of Processed Pumpkins Come From Illinois

Pumpkins are probably the oldest domesticated plants, with evidence suggesting they were cultivated as early as 10,000 B.C. They are believed to have originated in Central America. The origin of pumpkin pie isn’t as old, traced back to the colonists. They sliced off the tops, removed the seeds, filled the insides with milk, spices, and […]

25 Apple Facts

25 Apple Facts: There are over 2,500 apple varieties grown in the United States. However, commercially there are only 100 varieties grown in the States. There are 75,000 varieties grown worldwide. If you ate one a day, it would take you more than 20 years to try every variety. Apples are believed to have originated […]

20 Egg Facts

Egg shell color is determined by the breed of the hen. Since breeds that lay brown eggs are typically larger birds, they require more food, which explains the cost difference. The shell and yolk color has no influence on egg quality, flavor, nutritional value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness. Egg production in the U.S. has significantly […]

National Manufacturing Day

The first Friday in October is National Manufacturing Day. National Manufacturing Day was founded in 2012 and produced by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute to tackle common misperceptions of manufacturing. Without manufacturing some of the products produced by farmers might go to waste since fresh foods do not stay fresh for […]

Women In Agriculture

The number of women in agriculture has grown significantly over the last few decades. Today nearly 1 million women in the United States are farmers, making up nearly one-third of farmers.  From the field to the lab to the boardroom, women are paving the way for the future of agriculture. AgHires is part of the […]

10 Gallon Challenge, Times 10: AgHires Donates 100 Gallons of Milk

  To help support the Dairy Industry and give back to the community, AgHires donated 100 gallons of milk to SeaGate Food Bank of Toledo. We want to challenge you to join to 10 Gallon Challenge too. Purchase 10 gallons of milk from your local grocery store and donate them to a local food bank […]

A Sheep Produce 2-30 lbs. of Wool a Year

Raising sheep is one of the oldest organized industries, beginning during biblical times. Domestication began 10,000 years ago in Central Asia and people started spinning wool around 3,500 B.C. They were brought to North America with Christopher Columbus, but during the 16th and 17th centuries they were smuggled into the United States to develop the […]

It Takes 2 Million Flowers to Make 1 lb. of Honey

Bees are very important to agriculture, not only because of their delicious honey. About 80 percent of insect crop pollination is achieved by bees, according to the USDA. Almonds are completely dependent on bees to pollinate the crop. Many other crops, such as apples, avocados, blueberries, and sunflowers, are 90% dependent on honey bees. One-third […]