Thankful for those who Feed the Nation this Holiday Season

Updated: Feb 24, 2020

Contributed by Caleigh Martella | Sophomore | Agricultural Communication

As people sit down to their Thanksgiving meals, few may stop to consider how food makes it from the farm gate to the table and plate.

During this holiday season, the thanks we give at our tables can include those who help make our meals possible by growing safe and abundant food. And of course, holidays can be even more enjoyable when you know some fun facts about what shows up on your Thanksgiving table!

According to the USDA, the United States produced 243 million turkeys in 2017, with Minnesota contributing the most. Four billion dollars’ worth of potatoes were also harvested for the national holiday. That's a lot of potatoes! For more fun facts about our favorite Thanksgiving foods, check out this USDA infographic:

Our Brock Center team wishes to show our gratitude and say thank you to all those who work to feed a growing global population.

We aim to continue to be the voice for agriculturalists across the nation by sharing the stories and science behind the agricultural industry.