1. Hormones in Poultry
They do NOT exist! Farmers do not inject hormones into poultry (chicken or turkey) to increase production because it is illegal! Could you imagine a poultry farmer trying to inject each of his animals with hormones?! The farmers would be the ones that would be running around with their head cut off!
2. 4 Popular Types of Corn
Dent- This corn is used to feed for animals and is the base product in some of the foods we eat like corn flakes for example.
Sweet- This is the type people can buy and eat right off the corn cob or buy in in the grocery store.
Popcorn- Americans favorite pastime snack!
Indian- Traditionally used as decoration pieces
3. Corn planting, harvesting, storage
Corn is planted between April-May and then harvested between September-November, God willing. When corn is harvested it is either stored in grain bins or taken to a local grain elevator to be shipped.
4. Need a Job?
The agriculture industry is looking to attract enough workers because there is a growing demand. According to a study from USA Today it found that between the years of 2010-2015 that an estimated 54,400 jobs would be created annually for agriculture.
5. Signs in the fields around summer
Before you take a dish to a family get together you want to make sure it’s a hit first, right? It’s the same for farmers and their fields! Some farmers like to test which type of seed from companies work best with their field they are planting in. These farmers then get a variety of all sorts of seeds and plant a few rows to determine which one yields (produces) the most. The signs are used for advertisement.
6. GMO’s in Corn
More babies are being brought into the world each year but how are we supposed to feed them? By allowing Genetically Modified Organisms into crops like corn is allowing farmers to produce more for a growing population. If it was not safe for consumers it would be illegal.
7. National FFA Organization
They say kids these days are getting worse and worse, but have you ever ran across an FFA member? The National FFA Organization strives to build ones leadership skills, personal growth, and career opportunities and success through agricultural education.
8. Antibiotics in Dairy Products
Cows get sick just like humans do. No one wants to be around someone that is sick until they are cleared and have completed the cycle of medication that the doctor has prescribed. When cows are sick and given antibiotics, they still get milked but that milk is completely destroyed.
These are just a few fun facts about agriculture. If you have ever wanted to teach agriculture in your classroom, check out agintheclassroom.org and ilcorn.org are both great resources with topics and lessons ready for you!
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