Q: How many pig farmers are there in Kansas?
A: There are about 1,000 hog farms in Kansas and over 90% of them are family owned.See full Q&A
Q: How many kernels does an ear of corn have?
A: The average ear of corn has approximately 400 to 600 kernels arranged in 16 rows. Rows per ear can range from 12 to 20. On...See full Q&A
Q: What does 'GMO' mean?
A: “GMO” stands for genetically modified organism. Both traditional plant breeding and genetic engineering involve altering the...See full Q&A
Q: Is flavored milk a good choice for kids?
A: Yes. Chocolate and other flavored milks contain the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, and they are a healthful...See full Q&A
Q: What causes wheat sensitivity?
A: There is a specific gene that causes people to develop celiac disease.See full Q&A
Q: What’s the difference between pork loin and tenderloin?
A: Tenderloin weighs between ¾-1 pound. Loin weighs in between 8-10 pounds and is used to make other loin cuts, such as chops,...See full Q&A
Q: How does cotton get from the farm to the factory?
A: Cotton is harvested, then ginned to clean it and remove debris. Once it’s ginned, cotton is graded on quality before being sold...See full Q&A
Q: What do pigs eat?
A: Most pigs eat a diet of corn, soybeans, vitamins and minerals. Much of the corn and soybeans fed on Kansas farms will be grown by...See full Q&A
Q: How many pounds of soybeans are in a bushel?
A: Sixty pounds! In Kansas, a farmer can produce an average 39 bushels an acre.See full Q&A
Q: Are cattle fed unnatural corn diets in a feedyard?
A: Feedyard cattle do not eat diets made up entirely of corn. They start by eating a lot of hay and fiber, then move to a higher...See full Q&A
Q: Why is soil health important?
A: Healthy soil is full of nutrients that help plants grow. Without those important nutrients, farmers wouldn’t be able to raise our...See full Q&A
Q: What do the different colors of sorghum mean?
A: Sorghum plants come in two main colors: purple and tan. Tan sorghum can be milled into a nice white flour for gluten-free food....See full Q&A
Q: Are cattle used for purposes other than food?
A: Yes! Cattle can also be used to make shoes, basketballs, gum, marshmallows, soap, medicines, glue and more!See full Q&A
Q: If I’m lactose intolerant, do I have to give up dairy?
A: No. There are a variety of ways to enjoy milk, cheese and yogurt, and get the nutrients – like protein and calcium – that...See full Q&A
Q: Is it safe to eat beef from cattle treated with antibiotics?
A: Yes. When an animal gets sick, farmers, ranchers and veterinarians carefully evaluate the administration of antibiotics and use...See full Q&A
Q: What is sorghum used for?
A: In addition to food for people, sorghum can be used to feed livestock, or to make materials used in fencing, floral...See full Q&A
Q: Who is the number #1 consumer of soybean meal?
A: Animal agriculture! That includes poultry, pigs, dairy and beef cows, sheep and more! Soybean meal is an excellent source of...See full Q&A
Q: Do farmers use chemicals on their crops?
A: Yes, farmers use chemicals to control weeds and pests, but to make sure crops are free from the chemicals, they wait a specified...See full Q&A
Q: Can family farms be owned by corporations?
A: Not exactly. Some families might incorporate their farms for tax purposes, but for the most part these farms are multi-...See full Q&A
Q: How much does agriculture contribute to the Kansas economy?
A: Agriculture is the largest economic driver in Kansas, valued at more than $62 billion, accounting for 43 percent of the state's...See full Q&A
Q: Is raising beef sustainable?
A: Beef production has gotten a bad rap, but it’s more sustainable than ever with a 10% improvement in water quality, 7% reduction...See full Q&A
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