20 Goat Facts

There are about 450 million goats in the world. China has over 170 million goats. Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated. They were even brought over on the Mayflower. Early explorers used skins for water and wine bottles and in biblical times goat skins were used for parchment for writing. There […]

The average ear of corn has 800 kernels in 16 rows

Anything from creamed to casserole, nearly everyone will have some form of corn at their Thanksgiving meal. That a good reason to pay tribute to grain and National Maize Day on November 23rd. Check out the following 30 facts about corn: In most countries corn is called maize. Maize is a native Taino word meaning […]

Facts for Peanut Butter Lovers

November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Whether your a creamy or crunchy peanut butter fan, celebrate the month with a peanut butter sandwich and some peanut facts. Want more Agriculture Facts? Click here Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get your weekly dose of Ag Facts.

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 […]