An American Tradition: Farming & Baseball

In honor of the World Series, an American tradition, let us celebrate another tradition as we cheer on our favorite team and thank our farmers today.

· One cowhide equals 144 baseballs. Home Run.

· Ash and maple trees produce Major League bats, while a baseball has a core made up of four long strands of high quality wool.

· Most U.S. popcorn is grown in the Midwest, primarily in Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky and Missouri.

· Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of popcorn. That is 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.

· The world can thank a frustrated teacher with leftover bread dough for the invention of the soft pretzel. In A.D. 610, while baking bread, an Italian monk decided to create a treat to motivate his distracted catechism students.

· Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.

The average peanut farm is 100 acres.

Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs during peak season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That is 818 hot dogs per second.

Thank our farmers today!

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