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20 I The Lovell Chronicle I March 8, 2012 American agriculture" feeding Fun facts: flora, fauna and food for thought the future, filling the gaps crease safety and efficiency is abso- lutely necessary. More food will have to be produced in the next 50 years than the last 10,000 years combined, if we are going to accomplish our goal of feeding the world. Secondly, we must be proactive when it comes to showing others that we care about the well being of our animals. Being willing to share our story and listen to others' concerns is very important. When we are open minded and willing to cooperate, we discover solutions to problems instead of magnifying them. I am a beef and pork producer that under- stands how transparent I need to be with my quality assurance pro- grams. People don't care what you have to say until they know that you care. Caring means staying informed about the safest handling techniques, giving tours of your operation to the public, and being involved in social media. We must consider our envi- ronmental impact and be stewards of the land. In order to succeed we must per- severe. American agriculture cannot be focused on simply feeding our- selves; that would be selfish. We are striving to feed the future, and that means thinking and educating glob- ally. When we work with scientifically advanced countries, it ensures consis- tency and predictability. This requires perseverance to work with different cultures, values, and standards. As William Jennings Bryan said, we are given a choice. We have the option of stepping up to the chal- lenge or shying away. My plea is that America cares enough about the fact that someone dies every 2.43 seconds of starvation, to do something about it. This will take the determination to prepare, courage to be proactive and conviction to persevere. I believe American agriculture has the power to feed the future and fill the gaps. Written by Agriculture Council of America A Day Essay Winner Miriam Martin of Bucklin, Mo., Meadville R-IV High School. "Destiny is not a matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." When William Jennings Bryan made this statement in his fa- mous speech titled "America's Mis- sion" in 1899, he had no idea that the world's population was projected to exceed nine billion by 2050. However, he did realize that if America was go- ing to succeed in future generations, we had to be prepared, proactive, and persevering. The responsibility to sustain America and the potential to feed the world is within American ag- riculture. The first step in feeding the fu- ture is being prepared. This requires educating American consumers, con- stant innovation within biotechnol- ogy, and a clear vision for the future. Opportunities range from teaching elementary students where their food comes from, to speaking with legis- lators about how regulations affect production agriculture's livelihood. Taking advantage of international markets and funding research to in- by agriculture. Every yei corporations, scale effort: economy. abundant and reb is agriculture. IT'S THE BEES KNEES A hive of bees flies over 55,000 miles to bring you one pound of honey. A honey bee can fly 15 miles per hour. Honey bees must tap two million flowers to make one pound of honey. Each worker honey bee makes 1/12th teaspoon of honey in its lifetime. Honey bees visit 50-100 flowers during one honey collecting trip. Bees have been producing honey from flowering plants for at least 10 million years! And maybe even as long as 20 million years! Flowers and other blossoming plants have nectarines that produce sugary nectar. Worker bees suck up the nectar and water and store it in a special honey stomach. When the stomach is full the bee returns to the hive and puts the nectar in an empty honeycomb. Natural chemi- cals from the bee's head glands and the evaporation of the water from the nectar change the nectar into honey. In one day a honey bee can fly 12 miles and pollinate up to 10,000 flowers. Honeybee workers must visit 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey. UDDERLY AMAZING In a yeas time a dairy cow produces 1,500 gallons or 6,000 quarts of milk. A Jersey cow will give as much as 3 to 4 gallons or around 16 quarts of milk each day. Dairy cows provide us with milk and milk by-prod- ucts like cheese, butter and ice cream. In addition, milk is also used to manufacture glue, paint and plastics. Straight from the cow, the temperature of cow's milk is about 97 degrees Fahrenheit. The average U.S. dairy cow produces 22.5 quarts of milk each day. That's about 16,000 glasses of milk per year enough for about 40 people. One cow can give 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime. It takes approximately 1.4 gallons of milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream. Cheese was first made over 4,000 years ago in Asia. A cow has four stomachs. They are: the rumen, where the food is first stored, the reticulum where food that has been more thoroughly chewed is stored once the cow has chewed the cud and has swallowed it; the oma- sum where extra water is squeezed out, and finally the food goes to the abomasum. Some of the digested food is then stored in the cow's udder where it is made into milk. Cows are ruminants or cud-chewing ap_imals eating hay, corn, soybeans, grass, wheat and ensilage. Each cow eats 20 to 25 pounds of grain, 40 to 60 pounds of ensi- lage, 30 pounds of hay and drinks about 15 to 25 gallons of water a day. Cows are sedentary animals spending up to 8 hours a day chewing the cud while standing still or lying down to rest after grazing, when going to be milked, a certain cow in an established herd always leads the others with the weaker and older cattle trailing behind the group. A typical, full grown Holstein cow weighs about 1,400 pounds and produces 60 pounds of milk per day. One day's production is 2.6 pounds of butter or 7 gal- lons of milk or 6 pounds of cheese. A dairy cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 pounds of grain and concentrated feed and 35 pounds of hay or silage (a mixture of corn and grass) in just one day. It usually takes about 20 minutes for a cow to be milked. On average a cow is milked 2 to 3 times a day. Hamburger meat from a single steer will make about 720 quarter pound hamburger patties. That's enough for a family of 4 to enjoy hamburgers each day for nearly 6 months. NEW WAYS TO HELP THE PLANET Farmers and ranchers provide food and habitat for 75 percent of the nations wildlife. Plant and animal biotechnology have resulted in new antibodies for immunizations. Agriculture has also contributed to research that has helped develop surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals that help save lives. Ethanol and new bio-diesel fuels made from corn, soybeans and other grains are beneficial to the environ- ment and helps contribute to energy independence for the U.S. Information provided by the Agriculture Council of America and www.agday.org f Proud sponsors of the American farmer and Ag Day 5] Contracting Inc. 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