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Monday, March 11, 2013

It's Ohio Agriculture Week!!

The second full week in March is always used to celebrate agriculture in Ohio.  We have a $105 billion food and agriculture industry here in the buckeye state!  Since we are celebrating this fine time of Agriculture I thought it was appropriate to share with you some great statistics about the state and the Ag industry.  I found these great facts from Ag In the Classroom.

Did You Know......
  • Ohio is #1 in the US for Swiss cheese production
  • Corn and Soybeans are the top Ohio crops
  • Ohio has 3,400 beekeepers containing 29,900 bee colonies
  • Ohio is ranked 5th for fresh tomato production and 3rd for processing tomatoes
  • There are 1,470,000 cattle, 2,000,000 hogs, and 115,000 sheep in Ohio
  • Dairy cattle produce over 5.13 billion pounds of milk each year
  • Ohio ranks 16th in beef production with 15,000 beef farms with 292,000 cows
  • Ohio's Ag industry contributes 93 billion to the states economic growth
  • 1 in 7 Ohioans are employed in agriculture!
  • Ohio is one of only 4 states in which over 50% of its land is classified as "prime farmland"
As you can see in these fun facts, agriculture is a pretty big and important industry here in Ohio! I now challenge you to go out and participate in Ag week by supporting the industry!  Do It!

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