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Thanking Farmers this Thanksgiving

FOOD PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION IN THE UNITED STATES Thanking Our Nations Farmers this Thanksgiving As you begin planning your thanksgiving day feast, take a minute to learn about food consumption in the United States, then thank a local farmer who helped produce it! Did you know? 1 U.S. farmer produces enough food to feed 155 people The U.S. is the world-leading producer of more than 50 important foods1. Food Consumption and Production TURKEY NATIONAL CONSUMPTION In combination with Christmas, Thanksgiving accounts for 31% of annual turkey consumption. In 2011,51 million turkeys were consumed on Thanksgiving Day alone! NATIONAL PRODUCTION More than 248 million turkeys were raised in the United States in 2011 a 110% increase from 1970. IOWA PRODUCTION lowa ranks #9 in U.S. turkey production. 130 turkey farms in lowa, which raise 11 million turkeys annually. MILK NATIONAL CONSUMPTION More than 40 billion pounds of milk were consumed in 2005 NATIONAL PRODUCTION 8 Gallons of Milk Healthy cows produce more milk. Thanks to developments made by dairy farmers and nutritionists, a cow today produces as much eight gallons of milk each day. That's as much milk as 100 cows used to The top five states for milk production: Idaho Wisconsin New York California Pennsylvania IOWA PRODUCTION In 2012, lowa cows produced 4.43 billion pounds of milk, accounting for $849 million in cash receipts And what is apple pie without ice cream? lowa ranks #4 in the nation in ice cream production. SOYBEANS NATIONAL CONSUMPTION Soybean oil is found in items such as your favorite dressings, soy sauce and margarine. The average person consumes around 7 gallons of soybean oil every year NATIONAL PRODUCTION Soybeans are the second-most popular crop in the United States. Farmers in more than 30 U.S. states grow soybeans, accounting for 46% of the world's soybean production IOWA PRODUCTION lowa ranks #1 in the nation in the soybean production. lowa farmers harvested 9.31 million acres of soybeans in 2012. HAM NATIONAL CONSUMPTION Pork is the most widely consumed meat in the world. Often eaten alongside or in place of a turkey, spiral hams have grown in popularity on Thanksgiving. Ham sales are the strongest during holiday months, including December, April and November. NATIONAL PRODUCTION Nearly 21 billion pounds of pork were processed from about 110 million hogs in 2011 IOWA PRODUCTION Nearly 3 of the nation's hogs are raised in lowa. Hog farming represents $7.5 billion in total economic activity for lowa. lowa is the #1 pork producing state in the U.S. MMP360 *For a complete list of references please visit

Thanking Farmers this Thanksgiving

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From the beginning, Thanksgiving has been about friends and family celebrating a plentiful harvest and the abundance of food. As families gather together this Thanksgiving to enjoy a meal and reflect ...


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