Agriculture is Everywhere!

When you woke up in your bed this morning, you already had your first meet-up with agriculture. Somewhere in your bedding and pajamas were probably fibers from cotton plants.

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  • Did you wash or shower with soap? That soap is made from fat from cattle and oil from plants such as palm, corn, and soybeans.
  • Did you have cereal, eggs, milk, bacon, pancakes, buttered toast, or juice for breakfast? Thank agriculture again!
  • Did you pack a lunch in a paper bag or finish your math by writing on paper? That paper comes from another agricultural crop—trees. Corn and soybeans may go into the soy ink in your books.
  • Did you ride to school today? The tires on your bus, car, or bike are made from the rubber plant, cords from cotton, and tallow from cattle. Did you see a windbreak or a sod farm? All of these are agriculture, too.

Agriculture brings us almost everything we eat, wear, or use each day.


Whoa

What is it?

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  • Answer
  • Wheat! More wheat is planted in the world than any other crop. Wheat kernels are ground into flour that is used to make bread, pasta, cereal, tortillas, cakes, cookies, crackers, and more!

Cool

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Fun Fact: Minnesota ranks 4th nationally in dry edible bean production. Dry edible beans include pinto, navy, Great Northern, kidney, and black beans.

Joke

What's orange and sounds like a parrot?

  • Answer
  • A carrot!