National Agriculture Day
The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) organized the first National Ag Day in 1973 to recognize the ag business in the U.S. There are 2.1 million farms across the United States. About 99% of those farms are family owned. The average American farm is 435 acres. Farm and ranch families are just 2% of the population. Cattle/calves, dairy, and corn products are the top 3 farm products in the United States. On average, one farm in the U.S. can feed 165 people around the world. The U.S. has over 800,000 ranchers and cattle producers. Alaska accounts for over 60% of the commercial seafood industry. California is the largest food and agricultural economy in the nation. Enough cotton is grown in Arizona each year to make more than one pair of jeans for every American. About 65% of the U.S. citrus is produced in Florida, with 95% of that grown for processing. About half the peanuts produced in the United States come from Georgia.
National Cheesesteak Day
Every March 24 America pays tribute to one of the all-time classic sandwiches — the cheesesteak. The cheesesteak rose from humble beginnings in South Philly to the cultural icon it is today. In 1930, The Cheesesteak was created by Pat and Harry Oliveri, hot dog vendors who just so happened to put steak on the grill.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Steve McQueen – Actor – born in Beech Grove, Indiana
Payton Manning – Pro Football Player – born in New Orleans, Louisiana