We’re a day late posting about the Iowa FFA Convention. Their festivities wrapped up yesterday. We hope everyone had a great time and learned a lot! (We did hear that you had a killer smartphone app.)
In honor of their conference, here are some amazing facts about agriculture in the Hawkeye State.
• Iowa ranks 1st in the U.S. in corn and soybean production.
• Iowa farmers harvested 13.9 million acres of corn (2.37 billion bushels) in 2007. Iowa corn crop
values $9.47 billion.
• Iowa harvested 8.52 million acres of soybeans (439 million bushels), in2007, which valued $4.78
• Livestock in Iowa consumes 400 million bushels of Iowa Grown corn annually.
• Iowa leads the nation in hog and egg production.
• Over 147 million pounds of cheese are made in Iowa per year.
• There are 19.2 million hogs (almost 27% of the nation’s hogs), 4 million cattle, 260,000 sheep and
66.9 million chickens in Iowa. Iowa chickens laid 13.9 billion eggs in 2007.
• Iowa’s dairy industry produced an estimated 4.28 billion pounds of milk in 2007. The average
milk produced per cow was 20,146 pounds.
• Iowa ranks second nationally in red meat production. In 2007, 6.6 billion pounds of red meat
• The 200,000 sheep shorn in 2006 produced 1.23 million pounds of wool valued at $295,000.
Iowa ranks ninth in wool production.
• Iowa’s cash receipts of $4.15 billion from hog markets in 2007 was greater than the total of the
next two largest states–North Carolina ($1.41 billion) and Minnesota ($1.07 billion).
• In 2007, a little more than 4 million turkeys produced nearly 274 million pounds of turkey was
produced at a value of $123 million.