Texas Neighbors Fall 2016 : Page 24

Did You Know? Agriculture is a Superstar!

Shala Watson

Agriculture is Texas. One would not be the same without the other. Jobs, economy, culture and environment—they all make the Lone Star State shine just a little brighter than the rest.

And the fact is, Texas is a leader in agriculture.

Did you know one in seven jobs in Texas depends on agriculture? From pumpkins to peanuts and dairy to wheat, Texas crops and livestock are superstars! Like these 7.

A Texas city is the ‘Pumpkin Capital.’

Pumpkins generate $2.4 million for farmers and $7.4 million for the Texas economy. And Floydada is known as the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.”

Texas has forest land.

Each year in Texas, more than 75 million trees are planted by family forest owners and land owners. There are more than 12 million acres of forest in the Lone Star State.

Footballs are made from leather.

Texas leads the nation in cattle numbers with more than 11 mil lion head. And one cowhide is enough leather to make 20 foot balls.

Wheat is used in more than just food.

The amber waves of grain dot much of the Texas countryside. And byproducts of Texas wheat include paper, adhesives, hair conditioners and trash bags. When it comes to food, one bushel of wheat makes 90 loaves of bread. 53 boxes of cereal. 72 pounds of tortillas. Or 210 servings of spaghetti.

Peanuts grow underground. And pack a punch!

Peanuts. Peanuts. Peanuts! Texas farmers planted 170,000 acres of peanuts, which produced 588,000,000 pounds, in 2015. Did you know one acre of peanuts can make about 30,000 peanut butter sandwiches? And it takes 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.

Cotton T-shirts start in Texas fields.

Texas produces more cotton than any other state, and about 25 percent of the entire U.S. crop with more than 6 million acres. In 2015, Texas produced 5,748,000 bales of cotton. And one of those cotton bales can make 1,217 men’s T-shirts. That’s a lot of shirts!

Dairy farms add millions to the Texas economy.

Black, white and red. Texas dairy cows can be many different breeds. Texas dairy farms produce 16.1 million pounds of milk per year. That adds $8.1 million to the Texas economy. And 12 pounds of milk makes a gallon of ice cream, while 10 pounds of milk makes one pound of cheese.

Read the full article at http://texasneighbors.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Did+You+Know%3F+Agriculture+is+a+Superstar%21/2596274/342204/article.html.

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