Dirt, seeds & National Ag Day

Have you thanked a farmer today?

They feed the world, you know. Really! One U.S. farmer grows enough food to feed 155 people per year. And you thought your grocery bill was expensive!

Imagine having 155 kids to worry about … plus your own!


Over the weekend, my brother and the whippersnappers spent some time in the greenhouse. They were planting seeds for the market. I’m not sure how many people Manfull’s Market is able to feed each year but I can tell you this: each apple, pound of beef, ear of corn, pepper, peach and tomato is grown with great care, pride and satisfaction.


And there are lots of people and even littler people involved in the process.

Today is National Ag Day.

There are all sorts of activities and events happening to celebrate American farmers. Find out more by visiting AgDay.org — but first, enjoy a few fun facts. Did you know … ?

  • Americans consume 17.3 billion quarts of popped popcorn per year!
  • More than 100 medicines used by humans come from cattle.
  • Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family!
  • In 1998, U.S. hens produced more than 6 billion eggs.
  • There are over 500 types of bananas!
  • The average American eats 17.9 pounds of bacon per year!
  • Apples are a member of the rose family.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for snake bites.
  • Americans eat 100 acres of pizza per day!
  • One cowhide can produce enough leather to make 20 footballs or 18 soccer balls or 18 volleyballs or 12 basketballs.
  • It takes 12 pounds of milk to make 1 pound of ice cream.
  • The average American consumes 25 gallons of milk per year (in all forms).
  • Choline, a micronutrient found in pork products like bacon, can actually boost the intelligence of an unborn child.
  • Beef is the number one source of protein, vitamin B12 and Zinc. Beef is also the number three source of iron behind fortified cereal and grains.


You know what’s the most miraculous agriculture fact of all?

Everything … everything … depends on a seed. A single sprout that grows into a plant that will feed an animal that will feed a human. Or a single sprout that grows into a plant that produces a fruit or vegetable that will feed a human or make a product that a human uses and consumes.

One tiny seed makes an awful big impact.


Grow little seeds. Grow!

Never mind that seed starting day looked like this.

The sunshine was bright and the greenhouse was toasty and there are a bunch of people wishing you great success and hearty production.

The farmers (both big and small) will be there …

to nurture, to manage, to sustain and to

feed the world.


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    Laurie March 15, 2011 (8:23 am)

    Thanks to all of the farmers, big & small that I know & love. I admire the commitment you have for the job that you have chosen.

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    Nancy March 15, 2011 (10:20 am)

    Thank you as well…I grew up with farmers all around me, I saw the hard work & dedication every day. I’m so thankful for my rural roots and proud of the hardworking farmers I’m friends with! And those facts….yikes! I think I might be responsible for an acre a year of pizza myself! 🙂

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    Sal March 15, 2011 (7:23 pm)

    And thank you for getting the young folks interested and involved in producing foods! Be sure they know their efforts are appreciated so their interest will grow along with the plants. Thanks, kids!

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