Arkansas produces 49% of the rice supply in the U.S.

Rice is a staple for nearly two-thirds of the world, with near 90% grown in Asia, but in the United States Arkansas is the leader in the crop. While the grain has been grown in U.S. since the 1700’s, it wasn’t until the twentieth century that the industry hit Arkansas. History of Rice in Arkansas […]

The Interesting History of the Potato Chip

The well-known accepted story of the potato chip starts in 1853 in Saratoga Springs New York, when frustrated cook George Crum was trying to appease a demanding customer. The customer, who is thought to be Cornelius Vanderbilt, a rich railroad mogul, complained that his fried potatoes were too thick for his liking and he sent […]

Soybean oil is the most widely used edible oil in the U.S.

Soybean oil is the most commonly used edible oil in the United States, which could be because soybeans are some of the most widely cultivated and utilized plants. Native to East Asia, soybeans are considered a legume. Most soybean oil is refined, blended, and sometimes hydrogenated. Most margarine and shortenings contain Soybean Oil. Mayonnaise, salad dressing, frozen foods, imitation dairy and […]

Cows Spend an Average of 6 Hours a Day Eating

The average cow eats about 20 lbs. of hay, 20 lbs. of corn silage, 10 to 20 lbs. of corn, and 6 to 12 lbs. of supplements each day. If we ate as much as cows, we would have to eat about 360 cheeseburgers and drink about 400 to 800 glasses of water each day. […]

Pigs Are The 4th Most Intelligent Animal

Pigs are believed to be one of most intelligent animals, following chimps, dolphins, and elephants. We might think our dogs are the smartest animals when the can roll over or shake on command, but they surpass even man’s best friend. Their intelligence was first discovered in experiments in the 1990s. Pigs were taught several tasks […]

Beef Consumption on the Rise

In 2016, the average American consumed over 55 pounds of beef, according to the USDA. This is up from 54 pounds in 2015 and forecasters see this trend continuing up. For the last decade consumption of beef was dropping due to rising cost, but it has turned around. Since the United States has an abundant […]

Blueberries are Second Most Popular Berry in the U.S.

Followed by Strawberries, blueberries are the second most popular berry in the United States. Production in North America has grown by more 500 million pounds over the last 20 years. It probably helps that the berry is native to North America, with 95% of the world’s commercial crop is grown in the States. Most Blueberries […]

Tomatoes are one of Americans Top Favorite Vegetable

In 2014, Americans ate an average of 31 pounds of tomatoes, according to the USDA. That makes the tomato the second favorite vegetable in the United States, behind potatoes. The fresh tomato is the fourth favorite among fresh vegetables, following potatoes, lettuce and onions. However, the processed tomato, found in pizza, catsup, and pasta dishes, […]