Imperial County Agriculture By Mr. Urie Info from Imperial County Farm Bureau

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<ul><li><p>Imperial County AgricultureBy Mr. UrieInfo from Imperial County Farm Bureau</p></li><li><p>HayIn 2008, Imperial County farmers produced 1.6 million tons of hayIn 2009, hay receipts totaled around $160 million (price down from 2008)</p></li><li><p>Hay Types of Hay in Imperial County:</p><p>AlfalfaSudangrassBermudagrassKleingrass</p></li><li><p>Hay What is most of the countys hay used for?</p></li><li><p>DairyMost of our hay is used for the dairy industry in CaliforniaCalifornia produces 20% of dairy in the USDairy is the number one ag commodity in California</p></li><li><p>Californias Top FiveImperial County is in the top five producers in California of:SpinachBroccoliCauliflowerSweet CornOnionsPotatoes</p></li><li><p>Cool CheesesImperial County is home to Californias only cheese plant making Swiss and Muenster cheese</p></li><li><p>AquacultureImperial County is number two producer in aquaculture, has largest catfish farm west of Mississippi</p></li><li><p>Sheep Imperial County is one of the top producing counties in the country Over 200,000 sheep pass through each year</p></li><li><p>Economic ImpactCalifornia produces 13% of the nations cash receipts from agricultureOnly receives about 4% of government payments to agriculture</p></li><li><p>Economic Impact For every 100 ag jobs, an additional 94 jobs are created in the stateWhere do these jobs come from?</p></li><li><p>Food TrendsAmericans spend twice as much on eating out as they did in 1970</p></li><li><p>Food TrendsTotal percent spent on feeding the family continues to go downToday 10% of our income1970 - 14% of our income1947 - 23% of our incomeTAXES - 35% of our income</p></li><li><p>Food TrendsWith increasing availability provided by farmers, Americans:Eat more vegetables than 30 yrs agoEat more fruits than 30 yrs agoDrink lower-fat milkEat leaner meat</p></li><li><p>CarrotsOne acre of carrots can provide a side dish to 320,000 peopleIn 2008, enough carrots were grown in the Imperial Valley to feed a pound serving to 75% of the world, 5 billion people!</p></li><li><p>Dairy AgainImperial County is home to the cheese plant and 3 dairiesThe average dairy cow in the U.S. produces 16,000 glasses of milk in a year</p></li><li><p>WheatIt would take a family of four 10 YEARS to go through the amount of bread produced on one acre of wheat</p></li><li><p>Winter. . . 2/3 of the vegetables consumed in the U.S. during the winter months were produced here in the Imperial Valley</p></li><li><p>LettuceIn 2008, Imperial County produced enough lettuce to feed a dinner salad to 2.8 billion people</p></li><li><p>BeesEach year, bees pollinate nearly 100 different crops worth $10 billion. Pollinating insects make 1/3 of the worlds diet possible.</p></li><li><p>Agricultural VarietyLocal farmers produce more than 100 different commoditiesBambooSugar CaneWater LiliesEtc.</p></li><li><p>Agricultural VarietyWhy is the Imperial Valley so suited to growing such a wide variety of crops? </p></li><li><p>Agricultural VarietyIn the 1910s, Imperial Valley was home to the largest herd of ostriches in the U.S.</p></li><li><p>BirdsThere are over 800 bird species found in the US, and about 400 of those can be found hereThe fields give habitat to hundreds of thousands of birds each year</p></li><li><p>OwlsOver 70% of Californias burrowing owls live in Imperial County There are more owls per square mile here than any other place in the world</p></li><li><p>WaterGrowers use an average of 5.6 acre feet of water, per acre, per year.</p></li><li><p>One Acre FootHow much is it?Hint: Enough for this family for one whole year</p></li><li><p>WaterHow much water does it take to produce your food?</p></li><li><p>Breakfast</p></li><li><p>WaterWith every acre foot of water arriving in the valley, one ton of salt is carried in.</p></li><li><p>WaterUsing subsurface tile drainage systems, farmers keep the salt out of the soil</p></li><li><p>Salton SeaIt would take 52,000 trucks to haul out all the salt put in for one year</p></li><li><p>Lunch</p></li><li><p>Dinner</p></li><li><p>One Days Total?894.1 gallonsJust 1 person</p></li></ul>


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